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Hi, 6 months ago my problems with the pains in muscles, bones and tendons started. It started with the pain like someone is putting needles in muscles and tendons, also had a bone pain. Today I have pain in my both elbows, my hip is hurting, also have pain in other tendons but not all the time. Pain in bones in my hands and foots also exists, not all the time and not with the same intensity. After 6 months of going to all kind of doctors (they excluded RA, problems with thyroid etc.), I found out on your site that VD deficiency could be the reason. Hurray! So VD level in my blood was measured and it was at 49 nmol/L (but I was taking more than two weeks 400 IU/day before the test was done without making a pause before testing…). So VD level in my blood could be even lower than 49 nmol/L. Would you please tell me how many of VD IU should I take per day and should I take as addition to D3 also Ca and Mg. Thanks a lot…. Tatjana

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Asked by  tatjana22071200 on July 14, 2016

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  • tatjana22071200
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    See title

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  • IAW
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    Please read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important. Yes, you will probably need supplemental magnesium. It is hard for me to tell if you need extra calcium at this point in time. If your diet is good, then you may not need extra. (Sometimes if Vitamin D levels are extremely low, you may need extra calcium to repair bones. In this instance you would have Osteomalacia.) So if you get any of the following symptoms once you start taking higher amounts of Vitamin D then you will need supplemental calcium.The symptoms of hypocalcemia 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. If calcium levels get too low, it can be life threatening!)
    We recommend that everyone take a minimum of 5000iu of Vitamin D a day. This is based on a person weighing 150lbs. If you are heavier, than you will probably have to take more to reach a healthy level. We recommend maintaining a minimum healthy level of 50ng/ml which translates for you to125nmol/l. You can never stop the supplements unless you can get enough sunshine and that can be hard to do.
    If you do not feel any better in let’s say 6-8 weeks, let me know! If you have more questions, let me know!

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  • tatjana22071200
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    Thanks a lot!
    Have a nice evening.

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