First, let me start this off by saying I am a 31 year old female. Four weeks ago I had a Complete Blood Count test and everything came back in normal ranges aside from Vitamin D. TSH was within range. My level for the D blood test came back at 19. The odd thing is that my aunt had the same test done and hers was 10, but she had NO symptoms. I am going to list out my symptoms just to see if any of these sound strange and unrelated to D deficiency. It seems like the deficiency can impact a whole slew of things in the body, though:
-My eyes are always red and dry. Huge veins in them and they are very dry and usually sting. My eyes haven't been clear white for at least a year.
-Doing anything requires major physical effort
-Sensitivity to cold is unbelievable. The cold almost hurts and gives my muscles pain.
-No sleep. This symptoms has gotten so bad over the past 3 months that it is what pushed me to see a doctor. I'd sleep for 2 hours, wake up, sleep for 2, wake up. Not achieving dream-like sleep or REM sleep.
-Wake i wake up in the morning I feel 90 years old and my head spins
-Huge black circles under my eyes
-Weight loss but eating a lot
-Weight loss everywhere except a weird, bloating in my abdomen area - almost seemed like fluid retention
-Never being able to tell when I am hungry, yet at the same time just eating a lot
-Not tasting flavors in food
-Diagnosed 5 years ago with a major depressive episode and severe anxiety and have been on Citalopram, Wellbutrin, and Klonopin for 5 years.
-I have had an unobstructed kidney stone (it ain't movin') for 10 years - well, it was discovered 10 years ago
-Can barely make it to 2pm at work without wanting to lie down
-Unbelievable, constant fatigue
-Almost felt as if my muscles were wasting away
-Hard seeing at night while driving
-No sex drive (before someone chimes in - the anti depressants have never given me problems in the past. it has just been the last year)
-No emotions(the anti depressants have never given me problems in the past)
Side note: Gave up heavy, heavy drinking (heavy in my opinion is a bottle of wine a night - not whiskey, but still a lot) after a year long binge.
Prescription: Doctor prescribed me 50,000iu of D2 which gave me a little boost for 2 weeks, and then I started to get the worst headaches ever. I called the doctor and told her that despite the positive impact of the D2 the headaches were debilitating and I can't do my job (requiring concentrating and analysis) with those types of headaches. She took me off of it.
Prescription switched to OTC: The doctor told me to take 5,000iu per day and didn't say to take any of the supplements. No calcium because I have a kidney stone. Vitamin Shoppe dude gave me 5,000iu, Vitamin K, and Magnesium Citrate. I've been on this regimen for 3 days so far after stopping the prescription D2. I am not sure if it a placebo effect, but I feel in the past two days that walking (just to my car, or up stairs) has been slightly easier. I pray and hope this is a glimmer of what is to come and hopefully I can be cured.
Questions that I have for anyone who would like to listen:
1) Why would my aunt have a level of 10 and no symptoms and when I have a level of 19 I am almost on my deathbed?
2) Can vitamin D cause symptoms are horrific as these or might I have an underlying issue? All of my bloods on the CBC were normal
3)Am I taking the right amount of Vitamin D (5,000iu per day) for someone with my level of 19?
4) Are there any other vitamins aside from calcium (can't have it because of the stone) that I would benefit from in conjunction with the D, K and Mag Citrate?
5) Is there anything I should be doing or not doing? Doctor told me to exercise but I feel as though my muscles are still too weak.
Re: Found out recently that I am Vitamin D Deficient
Hi there, d2? I think it is d3 you are talking. Level of 19 is not so bad people have much lower than that. It appears that vit deficiency is not perfect science. All research studies are like for e.g: with increased doze of d3 x% of people felt better. So .....long story short bring your level to 30 to 40 and 5000 iu is OK. If you had gone for 50000 in weekly dose then it would have improved in 4 to 5 weeks. Mind you excess is toxic. Bring your level to optimum and forget about it. It is not cure for all ailments. Many things you mention are related to your depression, though you are experiencing them now. In my case d3 dose of 50000 iu boost immune and ward off flu or improve healing. And yes try to get d3 from sun if possible (safe way). Good luck
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Re: Found out recently that I am Vitamin D Deficient
As for your questions:
1) Everyone is different.. that's all I can think of really.
2) Yes it can because calcium is running around in the blood which causes quite a bit of symptoms.
3) Some people will tell you to take more like 10,000iu per day but I would stick to your doctors advice. My level was 24 and I started with 2,000iu then bumped it to 4,000iu in winter and in 3 months it went up to 40.
4) Calcium.. so you have to talk to your doctor about your options when it comes to that kidney stone. Did s/he say anything on what the treatments are?
5) Have patience. It takes time and I'm still not well.. (been like 4 months since I was diagnosed) but all you can do is hope.