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Me Again..Vitamin D Deficent Am I alone?
#143379 05/22/09 12:19 AM
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Yep, got another call today from my new (AND WONDERFUL) PCP. I am officially vitamin D deficient. Is this common in AS. I am once again looking for your vast knowledge, since this is my first time dealing with this. What is the treatment? I have whole milk in my cereal every morning...eat cheese every day...I don't get it.

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not sure if any link to AS, but definitely a problem in places with not so much sun, it is a problem in Tasmania and Melbourne (Australia) e.g. see:
http://www.disability.vic.gov.au/dsonline/dsarticles.nsf/pages/Vitamin_D?opendocument

I think you will find a link between Vot D deficiency and MS if you do a search

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winelover....how sad is this...I live in Texas....full sun every day. In my defense we have had a rainy/cloudy streak lately, but my doctors are thinking I am not digesting my food properly and therefore not absorbing the nutrients properly. The MS thing scares me, I just had an MRI to rule it out. The MRI came out Neg, I hope that the MRI is an absolute when it comes to ruling out MS.

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There must have been a reason to suspect vitamin D deficiency to have order the test in the first place I think. I was found to be vitamin D deficient too. I have been taking supplements on and off for years, so was surprised.
Do you have intestinal problems? If so it could be a malabsorption issue, as with the B12. My deficiency in both D and B12 I put down to my gut issues.


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OK, if you see that document, it gives a short list including "People with some medical conditions such as certain bowel diseases"

here's one about the link with MS:
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/2006/1815358.htm
I don't know anything about this, I just heard it on the radio when results of the study were announced (I listen to the geek science shows etc)

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Thanks for the info winelover.
Rach they think I am having malabsorption issues after being diagnosed with gastritis on Monday. I am sorry you have these issues too, but I am also glad I am not alone.

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The treatment is supplements.

My brother, who is healthy and active and does not have AS or any other chronic health condition, was flagged as having vitamin D deficiency. It's fairly common, especially in the winter when we don't get enough sun.

My daughter who does happen to have Crohn's (in remission) was slightly low recently as well.

I don't know any reason to think it is related to AS.


Jen, 42, happy partner of James and Moma to Evan, 14, & Lucy, 12.5 (Crohn's dx @ age 3; on Remicade since April 2010.) I take piroxicam, Flexeril, & Nucynta ER nightly. 3 anti-TNFs didn't pan out for me.

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OK, you know IL23R is linked to AS as well as coeliac disease, IBD and psoriasis

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So I think I have all of those, well, variants of them:

AS, IBD, eczema, endometreosis, migraines, GERD, Gastritis, gastroparesis, man, my GI tract and my Spine (SI Joints to Neck are completely messed up! Cant I just be normal some where?

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Kelly I also have D and B 12 issue's due to malabsortion. I just take my extra vitamins and I am tested often...

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