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Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

Find out more information on deficiency, supplementation, sun exposure, and how vitamin D relates to your health.

Hi I've recently been told I have low vit d was 18 I'm on tablets from the docs 20,000 every other day just wandering when I'd feel better ? Had aches pains in my bones but just my legs today is that normal then it was just the right one just can't wait to feel myself Lucie

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Asked by  luciekane50693500 on May 18, 2016

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  • luciekane50693500
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    See title

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  • IAW
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    I am not sure how long it will take, everybody seems to be different.
    Did the aches and pains in your bones start before or after you started the Vitamin D? Did the doctor suggest you take calcium with it or do you take any calcium already?

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  • luciekane50693500
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    Before he’s pretty sure the pains tiredness all the other symptoms are the los vit d no calcium should I be ?

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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    Above you say “all the other symptoms”? It sounds like you have more symptoms then just the aches and pains in your bones?
    Do you happen to know how the 18 was measured? Is it nmol/l or ng/ml or what country you live in?
    The following might help you get better faster but I cannot promise. You should read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. If you take a multi vitamin, some of them are probably in it. The one’s that might not be in there OR not enough in there are magnesium and K. So you should probably add them as extra supplements. I would also add some calcium maybe around 500mg.That does not cover the full “daily requirements” but hopefully the rest is in your diet.
    From the Mayo Clinic “Muscle weakness and achy bone pain are the major symptoms of osteomalacia”. “Treatment for osteomalacia involves replenishing low levels of vitamin D and calcium”. I am not a doctor or scientist but I think they should be telling you to take some calcium and they are not. The other co-factors also are involved with bone formation and repair.
    If you at any point add new symptoms, you did not have before, then you need to come back and tell me.

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  • luciekane50693500
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     luciekane50693500 on

    Hi I’m in England , thanks for the reply I was very tired achy all over put weight on just felt rubbish , I had blood count iron test arthritis can’t remember what else all were OK and he said that I have servere vitamin d defincey he told me to have 20,000 tablet every other day for a month then go onto just one I buy so normal dose . I have olive colour skin I read I need the sun more ? I will take calcium too what dose is I need thanks Lucie

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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    We do recommend taking Vitamin D on a daily basis but taking it the way you are at the moment is OK. Eventually you will be taking a “maintenance” dosage and I would then recommend a daily rather than weekly dosage. As for the “then go onto just one I buy so normal dose” please explain and this is why. The VDC exists to promote a “healthy level” of Vitamin D which is a minimum of 125nmol/l (50ng/ml). At levels below 100-125nmol/l, you have an increased risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases.
    Most average weight people of 150lbs will need 5000iu a day as a maintenance dosage.If you weigh more, you may need to take more. This, I believe, is above what they are recommending as a maintenance dosage. If you follow their advice, you will be in trouble again.
    In England they measure Vitamin D differently so your 18nmol/l equals 7.2ng/ml. You are very deficient! Did they plan on retesting your levels after the month is up? If you still feel bad at that point, it may be to early to decrease your amount and you should come back and get further advice.
    You need to read through http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/. It’s not that you need more with olive skin BUT it takes you a longer time in the sun to make the same amount of Vitamin D as a lighter skinned individual. Also in England you make none in the winter time and that is why supplements or sunlamps are needed.
    Get 500mg of calcium. IF you have or start getting any the following symptoms tell me right away.
    The symptoms of hypocalcemia (not enough calcium) are/can be muscle spasms/twitches, numbness and tingling of your fingers and toes or around the mouth (pins and needles), depression, irritability, very low levels may cause confusion, disorientation and heart irregularities. (Some of these symptoms are also low magnesium symptoms.)
    Let me know if you have further concerns!

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  • luciekane50693500
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     luciekane50693500 on

    Thanks so much for all this advice I really appreciate that I’m going to book in with the doctor next week and ask him a few more questions as he was very vague ! Shall I ask for a calcium blood test ? Would you recommend I buy a sunlamp? I’m trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and vet active walk lots they tested my thyroid that’s ok too thanks again

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  • luciekane50693500
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     luciekane50693500 on

    Yes have some symptoms , not depression though or confusion do have brain fog I will book in and go for next week and ask for more tests

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  • IAW
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    If you have Osteomalacia it is a softening of the bones. It occurs because of a lack of vitamin D. You need calcium to make strong bones (and other Vitamins and Minerals). You ALSO need calcium floating around in your blood stream and if this gets “too low” then you are in trouble. Your body will actually pull it from your bones, if you do not have enough, to keep those blood levels in a certain range. This is what a blood test measures. So now you do not have enough in your bones to begin with and now the Vitamin D wants to fix your bones. Now imagine you are low on Vitamin D and someone gives you a lot, your body is happy and wants to correct your bones. What does it do if it cannot get enough out of your diet? This also goes for the magnesium! Blood tests will only give you that measurement of how much is in your blood. You could have a ”big shortage in your diet” and now what does the Vitamin D do if it does not have any?
    I have other people with “brain fog” as a symptom.
    Unfortunately If you “book in” with the doctor, you still may not get the right answers but you can try.
    Actual sunlight has been proven to have other benefits, so we encourage people to go out when they can. Some sunlamps only have wavelengths that produce the D and not other wavelengths. So unless it is going to be full spectrum, then the supplements should suffice.
    I have had many people lately from England asking questions. It has not been till recently that I noticed a trend of no doctors prescribing calcium with the D. This is really important if you have extremely low Vitamin D levels. One lady the other week got so bad with “lack of calcium”, which started a month into her treatment, that she took herself to an emergency room and they told her to go home. She had the classic “pins and needles” symptom and was lucky she lived to tell me. If she had only told me when the symptoms started, I could have helped and I’m not even a doctor.

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  • luciekane50693500
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    Wow thank you so much

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