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    Old 01-20-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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    Unhappy Possible Vit D deficiency?

    Hi all, excuse the length of my post, but I'm just glad to finally have somewhere to vent and possibly talk to some people who might understand what I've been going through.

    I'm a 28 year old female, non-smoker for the past 14 months, average weight. Back in August I started to experience random chest pains on both sides of my chest, but mostly on the left. Since I had suffered from a PE (blood clots in my lungs) the year prior, I immediately went to my GP. After giving me an EKG and a chest x-ray, he told me everything seemed fine and that I might be suffering from reflux/GERD. After about a week of taking Zantac my chest pain seemed to lessen so I assumed everything was fine.

    Fast forward a couple of months and my legs started to hurt- random pains in both legs, mostly when I was sitting at my desk at work. I went in to my GP, again thinking blood clots. After a ultrasound showed nothing, he again said nothing seemed wrong and didn't offer me any suggestions except that maybe I needed to start exercising a bit more, mostly because I had told him I was also concerned that I had gained 25 lbs in 6 months (I'm not incredibly active but I definitely was not over-eating to a point where this kind of weight gain seemed normal for my body type).

    Right around the holidays, everything started to hurt at once. My chest was bothering me to a point that I felt like I might be having a heart attack. I also had pains in my back/shoulder/arms, trouble taking a deep breath, and began to experience severe anxiety because of it all - crying often and having difficulty concentrating on anything other than my health (or lack thereof). I returned to my doctor again and he finally admitted something did seem very wrong and sent me for blood tests. They called me today and told me all the tests came back fine except that I had "very" low levels of Vit D. He advised me to start taking 2,000IU a day and I have another appointment to see him this Friday.

    I'm relieved that I might have my answer, but considering the severity of my chest pains I suppose I'm still pretty skeptical that this could be the sole cause. I was checking out different posts on the topic but decided just to post instead. My question is, has anybody had similar symptoms to me and if so, was it just a Vit. D deficiency or were there multiple issues? Or were you told that was the issue and then it wasn't? I know I should wait to talk to my doctor, but I also know sometimes doctors get it wrong - mine included - so just wanted to explore other options as well before I take his word for it instead of waiting to research until after.

    Thanks!

     
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    Old 01-20-2014, 09:16 PM   #2
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    Sorry to hear of all your worries. So I am also low in vit D without supplementing how low was your number? Prior to supplementing I had a lot of symtoms
    I did have chest pain but I also have a hiatal hernia so I've always believed it was from that but who know I just went a few days ago to follow up on my low levels which were 19 I was told I should be atleast 50 keep in mind I have Gerds and take a PPI for that so absorption issues has been a problem for some time.

     
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    I would recommend getting a copy of your test results to see what other tests were done. Putting together a history of PEs, widespread pain, chest pain, weight gain of 25 pds in 6 months, I would want to have autoimmune disease looked for. Here's the connections: Autoimmune thyroiditis may be causing your weight gain. It can be checked for with anti-thyroid antibodies (anti-TPO and anti-TG) and thyroid hormone levels (TSH, free T3 and T4). Were you ever checked for anti-phosphospholipid syndrome when you had the PE's? That is a common condition that causes enhanced blood clotting. It is sometimes associated with lupus, which notoriously is associated with low Vit D levels. It can cause pleurisy, which causes chest pain. The APL, autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's) and lupus commonly go together. I think you should be checked for all 3 things, which could explain everything. All initially checked by blood tests.

     
    Old 01-25-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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    Re: Possible Vit D deficiency?

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    I would recommend getting a copy of your test results to see what other tests were done. Putting together a history of PEs, widespread pain, chest pain, weight gain of 25 pds in 6 months, I would want to have autoimmune disease looked for. Here's the connections: Autoimmune thyroiditis may be causing your weight gain. It can be checked for with anti-thyroid antibodies (anti-TPO and anti-TG) and thyroid hormone levels (TSH, free T3 and T4). Were you ever checked for anti-phosphospholipid syndrome when you had the PE's? That is a common condition that causes enhanced blood clotting. It is sometimes associated with lupus, which notoriously is associated with low Vit D levels. It can cause pleurisy, which causes chest pain. The APL, autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's) and lupus commonly go together. I think you should be checked for all 3 things, which could explain everything. All initially checked by blood tests.
    Thank you for the suggestion. I know he did order multiple tests, but of course most of what he said was over my head, so I just requested my results online and should be receiving them by next week.

    I do know now that my levels were at an 8, which of course is extremely low. He put me on 5000IU/day and suggested I go get another test in 2-3 weeks to make sure my levels are going up. As for the PE question, they didn't test me for much of anything. I was a smoker on birth control for many years so I think the assumption was that that was the cause. I did ask my Primary about what I could do to make sure it wasn't going to happen again and he did give me the name of a specialist I could see, but to be honest my medical bills have been getting so high and I have so many different doctors to see lately that I've admittedly been putting it off (bad, I know).

     
    Old 01-27-2014, 07:09 AM   #5
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    Re: Possible Vit D deficiency?

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    Thank you for the suggestion. I know he did order multiple tests, but of course most of what he said was over my head, so I just requested my results online and should be receiving them by next week.

    I do know now that my levels were at an 8, which of course is extremely low. He put me on 5000IU/day and suggested I go get another test in 2-3 weeks to make sure my levels are going up. As for the PE question, they didn't test me for much of anything. I was a smoker on birth control for many years so I think the assumption was that that was the cause. I did ask my Primary about what I could do to make sure it wasn't going to happen again and he did give me the name of a specialist I could see, but to be honest my medical bills have been getting so high and I have so many different doctors to see lately that I've admittedly been putting it off (bad, I know).
    What is your diet like? Do you eat a clean diet? There are so many chemicals in prepackaged (just add water and simmer) meals. I'm willing to bet that the root of your issue is diet related. Read up on probiotics and chlorella. Eliminate artificial sweeteners from your diet.
    At a value of 8, your levels are definitely low enough to merit concern. Vitamin D is associated with over 3000 gene expression pathways (which is HUGE), so keep up with the supplementing. I take 10,000 IUs per day which is absolutely safe. Keep in mind that building up your levels is a slow process that may take a few years. Inquire from your doctor about a high dose vitamin D injection (many doctors will give a 100,000 IU injection at levels as low as yours - which would also bypass a poor absorption in the intestines).

    Best of luck.

    Cheers.

     
    Old 02-10-2014, 11:10 AM   #6
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    Re: Possible Vit D deficiency?

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    Thank you for the suggestion. I know he did order multiple tests, but of course most of what he said was over my head, so I just requested my results online and should be receiving them by next week.

    I do know now that my levels were at an 8, which of course is extremely low. He put me on 5000IU/day and suggested I go get another test in 2-3 weeks to make sure my levels are going up. As for the PE question, they didn't test me for much of anything. I was a smoker on birth control for many years so I think the assumption was that that was the cause. I did ask my Primary about what I could do to make sure it wasn't going to happen again and he did give me the name of a specialist I could see, but to be honest my medical bills have been getting so high and I have so many different doctors to see lately that I've admittedly been putting it off (bad, I know).
    Smoking is not known to cause blood clots as far as I know. Definitely you should not smoke anyway because of the risk of cancer and heart attacks. Birth control pills do cause blood clots. Did you have any long car rides or plane rides before the blood clot? I don't know if vitamin D deficiency can cause chest pain but agree with supplementation and the suggestion for thyroid testing for the weight gain.

     
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