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Hi…I have vitamin d deficiency 12.9 mg/ml…Also I have chest pain while taking deep breaths and I have gas problem everyday..I have been suggested by doctor to take calcirol 60000 units one a week with milk.kindly suggest what should I do to increase vitamin D and get rid of chest pain and perennial gas(farting) problems?

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Asked by  sumeet.89in79629600 on September 8, 2016

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  • sumeet.89in79629600
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    See title

    Answered by  sumeet.89in79629600 on

  • IAW
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    You will have to be more specific with your question. Do you mean you are not taking the Calcirol and want to know how to increase Vitamin D? I do not understand. The chest pain may be coming from the deficiency. The gas may also be coming from the deficiency because nothing works right without enough Vitamin D.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • sumeet.89in79629600
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     sumeet.89in79629600 on

    I have not started taking calcirol…I got my repots just 2 days ago…should I start taking calcirol or try to increase vitamin D naturally by sun exposure and diet etc. as I don’t want to get addicted to medication…

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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    Well I do not know what country you live in, so some of the questions I cannot answer until I know that.
    Vitamin D is not really a medicine. Humans really cannot get enough from their diets and were really meant to get Vitamin D from sun exposure. The only problem with this is the way humans live today. We live further from the equator where the angle of the sun is best for making Vitamin D. In other higher latitudes it is impossible during the winter time to make any significant Vitamin D. We have also evolved to wear clothing and to make enough Vitamin D you need to expose large amounts of skin at the right time of day to make enough. We also work and play indoors and therefore do not get enough exposure. If you have a darker skin color it takes even longer to make the Vitamin D.
    Your level is very low, so I would take the Vitamin D. I hope the doctor has prescribed at least 8 weeks of treatment. After that you will need a maintenance dosage of at least 5000iu a day or else your levels will plummet again.
    Let me know what country you live in!

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  • sumeet.89in79629600
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     sumeet.89in79629600 on

    I live in Delhi,India…Also tell me how much time do I need to stay exposed to sun daily???…After 8 weeks , for how long do I need to take maintenance dosage?

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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    Just in case you want to read here is a lot of valuable information at http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/.
    If you are not deficient then in Delhi India for June, July and August if you are light skinned, you need to expose your skin to 10 minutes and if dark skinned 45 minutes. During the rest of the year light skin is 20 minutes and dark skin is 60 minutes.
    Now remember I said above that “to make enough Vitamin D you need to expose large amounts of skin.” So if you were a man then exposing a large area like your back. If a woman and you cannot expose your back or most of it, then perhaps most of your legs along with face and arms.
    If you cannot substitute enough sunshine or not any, then you have to take the 5000iu forever. Your body uses up a lot of Vitamin D each day and needs to be replenished constantly.
    I believe there is also a rainy season in India. So if there are large periods of time that you cannot get any sunshine, then you may want to take the supplement when there is no sun. The human body can store some Vitamin D so if you missed getting some sun every once and a while, you would be fine.

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  • sumeet.89in79629600
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     sumeet.89in79629600 on

    I can expose myself to sunlight from 7.40 to 8.20 in the morning at weekends and for 1 hour at around noon at weekends and my skin is average…neither too dark nor to fair…So would I need supplements for the days I am having this much exposure after 8 weeks of necessary supplements??

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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    You need to be out when the sun is high overhead. Another way to measure this is when your “shadow” is the shortest. This is when you produce the most Vitamin D.
    I am sorry Sumeet I made a mistake in something I wrote above. I said “We live further from the equator where the angle of the sun is best for making Vitamin D”. It should have said “not” best. The further you live from the equator, the harder it is to get the necessary Vitamin D from sun exposure.
    So if you expose yourself on the “weekends” from 7:40 TO 8:20 and for an hour at noon, that should be enough for those days. It will be the “hour” at noon that really counts because the sun will be high overhead.
    If you are not feeling better by the end of 8 weeks, you should come back and tell me.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • sumeet.89in79629600
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     sumeet.89in79629600 on

    I am sorry I meant 7.40 to 8.20 at weekdays… If that is not useful should I not expose at that time as that is the only option at weekdays…At around noon , I can go outside from office to get sun exposure but I will be wearing clothes… Only my head and hands will be exposed…

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  • IAW
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    Keep the following in mind also. Some studies have shown there are benefits to sun exposure that are not explained by Vitamin D. Meaning the other “wavelengths” in the sunshine that do not produce Vitamin D are also doing other things for us. So we also encourage sunshine exposure.
    So it is not that the “early in the day exposure” will not be beneficial but it may not be enough to keep your levels high enough. If you only have head and hands exposed at 12 noon, it is not enough. This is why everyone is Vitamin D deficient even in India where there is plenty of sunshine because no one spends enough time outside, at the right time of day and with very little clothing on.
    I do not think it will be enough.

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