Vitamin Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin deficiency symptoms can range from physical to emotional. For example, vitamin D overdosage can be as bad as vitamin D deficiency because of the effects vit D can have on the liver.

So what does this problem have to do with headache and even more specifically, migraine headache symptoms? Many of the more common deficiencies are associated with either causing headaches, or making an existing headache profile worse.

Anemia is one of those medical conditions that can cause chronic daily headache. A common cause of anemias is lack of iron, or B12 or even Vit C. People with chronic borderline anemia or even acute anemia will have headache as a symptom.

Problems of this sort may be tied to diet. For instance, vegetarians are at risk due to the fact that they do not eat meat which contains Vitamin B12. Dairy products, if omitted from from daily intake, can result in Vit D and C lower levels.

We in the medical profession actually did too good of a job! For years we have been telling our patients 'Stay out of the sun...use sunblock..don't get skin cancer!' And what happened? Well you all listened and now due to lack exposure to sunlight, many people are Vit D deficient. All of us need 10 minutes a day in the sun just to manufacture this in our skin.

Some of the questions and concerns people have with vitamin deficiencies include:

vitamin deficiency symptoms

Vitamin Deficiency Symptoms

Not all vitamin deficiency symptoms occur in every person, and depending on the blood level of the vitamin, the symptoms can vary in intensity. The symptoms and signs of vitamin deficiency can include:

  • fatigue
  • new onset of headaches or worsening headaches
  • mental confusion
  • memory loss
  • pale skin
  • irritability
  • depression
  • muscle weakness
  • numbness and/or tingling in the extremities
  • sore tongue
  • diarrhea
  • skin rashes and plaques
  • nail splitting, discoloration

If you have any of the above vitamin deficiency symptoms, see your doctor and request bloodwork. There are simple tests that can be done to determine your levels and let's face it..the fix is quite easy! Please do not start taking alot of vitamins without talking to your doctor or provider. Certain vitamins..A, D, E, and K can cause liver damage if taken in doses that are too high. (I tell my students to remember " ADEK of cards" so as to remember them!)

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1. Schrier SL. Etiology and clinical manifestations of vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency. http://www.uptodate.com/home/index.html. Accessed Jan. 19, 2010.
2. Pernicious anemia. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/prnanmia/prnanmia_all.html. Accessed Jan. 27, 2010.
3. Folate. The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: The Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals. http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec01/ch004/ch004c.html#sec01-ch004-ch004c-247. Accessed Jan. 28, 2010.
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5. Vitamin C. The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: The Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals. http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec01/ch004/ch004j.html#sec01-ch004-ch004k-403. Accessed Jan. 28, 2010.


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