| | Found out recently that I am Vitamin D Deficient
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.