Discussion: women’s and men’s health, infectious disease, and | NURS 6521 – Advanced Pharmacology | Walden University
My patient is a 50-year-old female with a history of anemia and bone pain. She has elevated levels of red blood cells and hemoglobin, as well as decreased platelet count. Additionally, she has complained of fatigue and joint pain that worsens when standing or walking for extended periods. After assessing her symptoms, I have identified vitamin D deficiency as the most likely cause for her condition.
To treat her vitamin D deficiency, I would recommend a combination of pharmacotherapeutics and lifestyle modifications to improve overall health outcomes. For pharmacotherapy, I would start with supplementation such as Vitamin D tablets in order to help replenish the body’s stores quickly and effectively. Additionally, I would also advise my patient to take oral calcium supplements in order to reduce the risk of further bone problems associated with vitamin D deficiency. Finally, lifestyle modifications should also be implemented such as increasing exposure to sunlight through activities like walking outdoors in order to promote additional natural production of vitamin D from ultraviolet rays.
Overall, vitamin D deficiency can present with various signs and symptoms which can range from mild symptoms like fatigue or muscle aches up to more severe cases involving anemia or bone loss depending on severity6 Therefore it is essential that accurate diagnosis takes place supported by appropriate therapeutic regimens such as suggested here in order improve health outcomes while reducing risks associated with untreated conditions.
6 Hanley DA et al (2017). Clinical Practice Guidelines for Vitamin D Deficiency: An Evidence Report by the American College Of Physicians.. Ann Intern Med 166(5): 349–359