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Hello. I'm currently in my 4th month recovering from vitamin D deficiency (my level was 15 ng/ml and now it is 49 ng/ml). I've been taking 5,000 IU D3 for the past 3 months. Even though my level is normal now, I have not seen a significant improvement with my symptoms of fatigue, low energy, muscle weakness and acid reflux. How long does it usually take for these kind of symptoms to go away? I'm thinking about getting a complete thyroid panel done to make sure it's not thyroid related.

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Asked by  sandira1440997400 on July 8, 2016

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  • sandira1440997400
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     sandira1440997400 on

    See title

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  • IAW
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    Well the magic number of 50ng/ml might not be the level that will actually “cure” you. In other words once you are very low in Vitamin D, you may need a lot more Vitamin D then the 5000iu to fix the symptoms you are still having. It could also be that your genetic makeup needs a level of 80ng/ml to be totally well. (Something between 50-100ng/ml)
    Do you take any supplemental magnesium? Are you taking a proton pump inhibitor for the reflux? It will cause a magnesium deficiency and can also cause a B12 deficiency! So depending on your answer to the above question, I would suggest simply trying more Vitamin D to see if it helps. You could try doubling to 10,000iu and see if that helps. If it does I would wait till you have no symptoms and then if you want try the 5000iu again. If no symptoms appear than you are good to go. If they do appear than you either need 10,000iu a day or something between 5-10,000iu.
    You could try this before getting a thyroid panel but it is up to you!

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    • sandira1440997400
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       sandira1440997400 on

      Thank you for your response! My doctor advised me to take 2,000 IU of D3 a day to maintain my level. Along with that, I’m also taking a B complex vitamin everyday, and I use magnesium oil on my skin. I was taking Nexium for a month, but came off it 2 weeks ago. I will consider upping my dosage of D3. Maybe 2,000 IU isn’t high enough.

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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    That’s where the doctor made a mistake. The 5000iu will maintain the level of 49ng/ml. We usually recommend 5000iu a day to reach and maintain the 50ng/ml level. By taking the 2000iu your levels have now dropped.
    Were your symptoms better before you went to the 2000iu? If they were then go back to the 5000iu but it did not sound like it. If the 10,000iu has you panicked then go to 7 or 8000iu.

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    • sandira1440997400
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       sandira1440997400 on

      That’s interesting. I actually started feeling a little more tired since dropping my dosage to 2,000 IU. I think I’ll go back to 5,000 IU for a while. I tried 10,000 before, but it made me too jittery and restless.

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