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Old 10-15-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Vitamin D deficiency

I have been struggling with fatigue, neck and shoulder pain, continuous pressure in the head, heavyheadedness and disequlibiriumm for almost a year. After a long series of ENT, orthopedic and other specialists, I went to the lab and decided to have my vitamins and minerals tested. It turned out that I was vitamin D deficient.

I am currently taking Calcium (600mgs) with vitamin D (200 IUs) twice a day. My doctor didn't want me to take Alfacalcidol because there is the risk it might increase my calcium levels to dangerous levels so he put me on a normal supplement.

I was wondering whether any of you has vitamin D deficiency and whether some of my symptoms can be caused by such deficiency. I was also wondering how long it would take for me to notice any difference in my overall health and energy levels. Any other information about vitamin D would also be very appreciated,..

Thanks,..

 
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:59 PM   #2
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

hi,
I had a vitamin d deficiency, but I also had hyperparathyroid, so that contributed to mine.
Has your calcium been checked in the blood?
I know that vitamin d deficiency can cause all sorts of issues, like the ones that you mentioned.
My vitamin d was at 24 and then with mega doses (150,000 ius a week), it went to 68 in 2 1/2 months. I am not sure what it is now.
Keep me posted on how you are doing and feeling on your supplements.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:11 AM   #3
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

My vitamin D levels were 12 when I first had them checked. After two weeks on vitamin D supplements (1000 IU a day in addition to eating fish three days a week), they went up to 19. That was three weeks ago. I also increased my intake of fortified milk and cereal which has given rise to a whole set of new problems such as bloating, gas, fullness, etc. I am not sure whether it is the milk or the supplements that are causing me these problems.

Anyway, I am still on vitamin D supplements and I am due for another test this Saturday. My fatigue seems to have improved slightly although not by much. I need to bring my levels up to at least 40 to notice any major difference, I guess.

My doctor didn't want me to take megadoses of vitamin D which explains why I am only on 1000 IU. I will find out this Saturday whether I will need to increase the dose or not.

 
Old 11-21-2008, 03:13 AM   #4
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

I forgot to tell you that, yes, my calcium levels were checked and they were excellent and within the normal range. My thyorid and parathyroid were also tested. Everything else was also normal in terms of vitamins and minerals except for vitamin D.

 
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

Susu,
I hve been having the same problems, pressure in the head, heavyheadedness and disequlibiriumm, I feel like my whole body is shaking. My vitamin D level was 8 I just started taking 50,000 IU per week. How sre you feeling now?

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Old 01-07-2009, 04:01 PM   #6
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

Greetings,

I was just reading everyone's post on Vit. D Def. and wanted to share my story. Last week I could barely get out of bed. Every joint and muscle in my body was stiff, sore and basically not funtioning. I could not walk well, and could not comb my hair or lift my coffee. I went to the doctor and words went through my mind....Lupus, RA, Scleraderma, ect. I went yesterday for my labs and all my ANA...sed ratios ect. were normal. My doctor also checked on all my vit. levels and found i was very low in D and started my on the 50,000 iu of D weekly. This is all new to me,...but my question is...what causes D def. I read somewhere that being overweight could have an effect on absorptions. I hope and pray there are no underlying diseases that cause this....I know one thing....2009 will be spent eating very health, no sugar, white flour or processed foods....I have never been so frightened ....Thoughts? Comments? Blessings to all.

 
Old 01-09-2009, 08:45 PM   #7
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Hi Everyone ,i am so glad i foind this forum ,i had my vit d level checked my dr's nurse called me december said mine was 4 and she called in prescription for vit d 1.25 mg once a week for 12 weeks.....so i am still scared take that mega dose i have phobia about taking new pill,i'm so exhausted from reading on internet about scary reasons we need vit d i thought it was only for bones ,i had bone density done 2 months ago that was fine my calcium is a 9.3 i guess thats normal.....i go see my dr next week i know he will be upset that i didn't take vit d 1.25 yet ,i went read side effect one was fast poundin heart i get palpitations so i'm terrified for fera of gettin side effects ,i know this one lady said it raised her blood pressure ...than some others say they did fine on it ...well i'm hoping my dr will maybe try mwe on a dose won't give side effects ...i also started drinking milk i had stomach cramps and i bought this lactaid one it helps me hot get gassy feeling as much ...i boiught can salmaon yuk lol never ate it in my life ..i'm a vegetarian for at least 15 years i feel so STUCK and SCARED .....can i ask when your drs rechecked your levels again how long did dr wait after being on it...i wish i could be rechecked again make sure i am really low not sure they can do that .i want do right thing but causing me much anxiety i take xanax for that ..thank you for listening i'm so confused depressed about this.i hope everyone does well with vit D..........mady

 
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Old 01-09-2009, 09:37 PM   #8
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

I am also here researching Vit D. My daughter has been tired and muscle pain all over. The doctor office called today and said her Vit D was low. They called out 50000 IU of Vit D. Take one a week for 12 weeks then one a month after that. Has anyone else had severe muscle pain with Vit D problems?

 
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Hi kessa ,i have lower back pain and sometimes when i walk i ache all over but i have degenerated disc in my lower back and some arthritis so i don't know if its from low level d .. when i exercise i use this body by jake has resistance on it so when i use it i can feel my legs ache, a year ago i didn't feel that feeling ....did your dr say what your daughter level was? i even read some people that are consideded insuffient still being prescribed the 50,000 vit d ,i'm considerd deficient .

 
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

Hi all,
I really don't have severe muscle pain. I'm only on my 2nd week of the 12.

 
Old 01-11-2009, 02:06 AM   #11
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

Hi Everyone,

I posted a couple of months ago. After taking 1000IU of D3 for every day, eating salmon at least three times a week, my levels had risen from 12ng when first tested (around mid-October) to 29.3ng (around mid-December).

I refused to take D2 (1,25) because of all the problems associated with taking mega doses of it.

From personal experience, I would highly recommend taking D3. As little as 1000IU a day plus eating Salmon three times a week were enough to raise my vitamin D levels to almost 30ng. I am still taking vitamin D as I want to take my levels up to 40-50ng.

Someone posted that they were scared of heart palpitations and high blood pressure. My advice is to take D3 and see how things go. The pros far outweigh the cons and very low levels of vitamin D can wreak havoc with the whole body and cause a wide range of diseases on the long run.

 
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Hi susu, Thats wonderful you are getting your vit D levels up .....i have a question was your mega dose that you didn't take 'vit d 1.25 mg ,is that same as what i was prescribed vit d 1.25 mg gel cap once a week for 12 weeks i know side effect paper said dristol maxium D3 ........all confuing to me but i am going to my docters wednsday so i will see maybe he can tell me dose i can feel comfortable with,oh i know i read so much about dangers being low in d ,i'm paranoid all i know now........i bought can salmon never ate it in my life is their d in can ,i read salmon is good for you i don't see d listed on back not suree how evenm make it ..well i hope get my levels up so o can get this fear being low off my mindi'm scared since i was told low d thanks....mady

 
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Hi Susu.,i forgot ask you what fortified cereal do you eat ? i started drinking fortified milk also ,so many cereals i want get one higher in d thank you so much ...mady

 
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

You have to realize where vitamin D comes from to know where the deficiency can arise. There are actually very few foods that contain vitamin D - it is mostly in fish with a rather high oil content, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna. You may have heard of cod liver oil? In the days of old children were usually fed a spoonful on a regular basis. Cod liver oil contains a LOT of vitamin D!

But mostly, our bodies manage to synthesize vitamin D from the sun. Again, in days of old and before vitamin D was added to dairy products, parents were encouraged to have their children spend regular time out in the sunshine to avoid rickets. (A common disease due to a deficiency of vitamin D) In our society today (and with vitamin D added to just about all dairy products) people have a tendency to avoid exposure to the sun's harmful rays due to the risk of skin cancer. So, avoidance of the sun (and using sun protection) and with people possibly not eating as much dairy products due to fat content, a vitamin D deficiancy can develop.

 
Old 01-15-2009, 03:37 AM   #15
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Re: Vitamin D deficiency

Hi Mady01

I believe the 50,0000IU weekly dose is the 1.25 form of vitamin D2. The one I am taking is vitamin D3.

As for cereals, you need to check the list of vitamins on the pack to find out if vitamin D is one of them. Some cereals are fortified by other vitamins but not viatmin D. I used to buy any cereal as long as it was fortified with vitamin D. I had to stop eventually because I am lactose intolerant and milk messed up my system. I sometimes eat cereal with yoghurt.

Salmon is a very rich source of vitamin D. I recommend the canned type because only wild salmon is used for canning because of its thicker texture. Farmed salmon contains only half the amount of vitamin D found in wild salmon. Pink salmon is my favourite. You can have it with salad. I sometimes eat it mixed in with mashed potatoes (without butter, of course). You can also prepare salmon with mayo and some cheese on top.

Try to eat two cans a week.

 
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