Originally Posted by roro
what does vitamin D levels have to do with lyme? mine have been low since at least february, maybe longer. i read in another post it points to inflammation.
My LLMD is a Rheumatologist, and he tests for Vitamin-D levels. He told me that low levels indicate inflammation in the body as the inflammation reduces Vit-D levels. Mine were 17 at start of treatment (low end of normal is 32, 100 max); He had me on 2000 IU daily of Vit-D3 initially, and later increased it to 4000IU. It takes quite a while for the levels to rise, as it's a fat-soluble vitamin.
Another good effect of the Vit-D3 supplementation is that as it reduces inflammation, it allows easier access to the cysts (they create inflammation around themselves to protect themselves from the immune system and antibiotics).
I had normal Vit-D 25 + 1.25 levels even at initial testing, but the 25-hydroxy levels were the low ones.
Vit-D3 is what you want to take, as it's much better aborbed by the body than the cheapo D2 that is normally in multivitamins.
As a pleasant side effect, for the first time in my life, I didn't get the usual winter blahs due to lack of sun.