COVID and vitamin deficiencies: Have you been tested?

Posted by jsam @jsam, Oct 23, 2021

Q: Are there any linkages between COVID and Vitamin deficiencies?

Background: I had COVID (positive test) in December of 2020. Serious at-home symptoms for 5 days then a typical recovery. I had both Moderna shots in March. I was experience fatigue and fog in Feb and March. Almost immediately after my 2nd vax, those symptoms seemed to go away and I was feeling pretty good until around the middle of Aug when the fatigue and fog returned. I was consistently having 2-3 days a week when I couldn't sit without going to sleep. I had a physical in late Sept and my Dr was sympathetic to the realities of long covid and said my symptoms were all consistent with everything she knew about it, but we should do some fasting labs just to make sure it wasn't something else. The results came back with very low Vitamin D, B12 so low it was just reported as <50, and Ferritin (iron deficiency) a few points below normal. I'm now on a supplement regiment of 8-10k of B12 daily with about 2k of D, and a multi vitamin with iron three times a day. I have not taken supplements since I was as kid.

I know I could me more specific with all that, but my question is, are there any indicators of linkages between COVID and Vitamin deficiencies, or am I most likely just at a coincidence of tipping points? I did get my Moderna booster yesterday with hopes that it will help, as the second shot seemed to have helped in April. I'm not having any side-effects today at all, other than the typical fog and fatigue.

Thanks for the wisdom of any experience on this topic.

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It appears the question has been under consideration for some time, that is whether Covid can cause Vitamin deficiencies. The other question that is being asked is whether a deficiency is likely to make one susceptible to more severe Covid. It is kind of the chicken and egg question, and there are some preliminary observations and some studies underway, but no firm answers from a full-fledged peer-reviewed study yet.

Here is one limited report observational I found: https://pesquisa.bvsalud.org/global-literature-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/resource/en/covidwho-1022367

As for your own situation, when were your vitamin levels last checked? If you are like most of us Americans, and relatively healthy, the answer is either "never" or "once a long time ago" so you really have no baseline readings from before Covid. That is because most insurance companies refuse to pay for lab tests to establish baseline blood levels of vitamins and minerals, absent symptoms that suggest a deficiency. I wonder if some of the emerging research will help change their minds?

Sue

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There is a similar thread on here specifically about low iron post COVID vaccine. Just thought you should be aware of it. I suffered extremely low iron post COVID vaccine. Had the virus a year before the vaccine. It was only after the vaccine that my iron plummeted

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I’ve had the same experience

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Vitamin deficiencies seem to play a big role in our ability to respond, recover and reduce our body’s reaction to viruses and bacteria. There have been studies that show 94 percent of ICU patients have low vitamin D levels.

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@kaswick2

There is a similar thread on here specifically about low iron post COVID vaccine. Just thought you should be aware of it. I suffered extremely low iron post COVID vaccine. Had the virus a year before the vaccine. It was only after the vaccine that my iron plummeted

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I have not had any vitamin checks, but I had to have an iron infusion after 2nd Pfizer shot. I’m better, but still more tired than usual. Advised by Dr to take C & D to help absorption of iron and calcium that I take daily. I also take daily potassium. I’m 79 so 🤷‍♀️! I recheck iron after Thanksgiving.

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I’ve been reading in other Covid long hauler groups that many people are doing vitamin tests to detect deficiencies. Has anyone done that, and if so, have you also done hair analysis or just blood or urine tests? And were you referred by your doctor or have you gone through a third party vendor? I prefer to do everything through my doctor, if possible, but also recognize my doctor may not find it helpful to do so may have to look at other options.

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@tiredmommy

I’ve been reading in other Covid long hauler groups that many people are doing vitamin tests to detect deficiencies. Has anyone done that, and if so, have you also done hair analysis or just blood or urine tests? And were you referred by your doctor or have you gone through a third party vendor? I prefer to do everything through my doctor, if possible, but also recognize my doctor may not find it helpful to do so may have to look at other options.

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@tiredmommy, fellow member @jsam asked a similar question and I moved your post to this existing discussion:
– COVID and vitamin deficiencies: Have you been tested? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-and-vitamin-deficiencies/

I think @mkqq @ebergfeld may have experiences to share.

Tiredmommy, have you asked your doctor about testing for vitamin deficiencies?

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@colleenyoung

@tiredmommy, fellow member @jsam asked a similar question and I moved your post to this existing discussion:
– COVID and vitamin deficiencies: Have you been tested? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-and-vitamin-deficiencies/

I think @mkqq @ebergfeld may have experiences to share.

Tiredmommy, have you asked your doctor about testing for vitamin deficiencies?

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Thanks so much! I was going to ask my doctor on Wednesday about it.

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@colleenyoung

@tiredmommy, fellow member @jsam asked a similar question and I moved your post to this existing discussion:
– COVID and vitamin deficiencies: Have you been tested? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-and-vitamin-deficiencies/

I think @mkqq @ebergfeld may have experiences to share.

Tiredmommy, have you asked your doctor about testing for vitamin deficiencies?

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I am in the process of having not only all vitamin levels tested, but also all inflammatory indicators, all blood panels inclusive of a d-dimer, ANA and all associated with for autoimmune possible indicators, to calcium and other elements for cancer or pretty much anything to help my provider barrow the identity field down as for my case so many systemic issues involved with no real common condition/link to each other and no history or self/family history to support all things going on. Plus all of the issues started at the same time in mid December. Spoke to CDC 2 days ago they want a VAERS from me once my clinicals have been completed. My providers feel this is due to COVID, however had the J&J last May as well. So my providers as well as myself want to make sure the data gets reported accurately and affectively to hopefully help in the future for prevention and increased positive patient out comes in the future for all.

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