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I find the international differences on opinion on vitamin D quite hard, since now I cannot go to a doctor for advise. I was having troubles with the muscles in my right leg for some time, I went to a therapist who suggested to get my blood tested. That was early april. I turned out to have low vitamin D, my doctor calls it al little to low, you might call it far to low, since it was on 49 nmol (I live in the Netherlands), he only prescibed 50.000 iu once a month, but after the second dose I decided to take the third dose after 2 weeks instead of a month and bought some extra on the internet and started taking 5000 iu daily. Meanwhile I tried to get as much sun as possible. We were lucky to have planned a holiday to Thailand. So now my level is on 98, which my doctor thinks is fantastic. Some things have really improved, like my gingivitis (went to the dentist yesterday) and I have much more energy. My leg is still bad. I am taking magnesium as well. Should I wait till I am on 125 (=50 ng) before I go back and get myself tested on other things? I am still taking the 5000 iu, I tried to order new pills yesterday, but my supplier stated that they were no longer allowed to sell over 3000 iu. So I will have to take 2 pills than I guess. Meanwhile a had my 18 year old son tested as well, he failed his finals last year due to extreme laziness (at least that's what it looked like to us), also he had severe gingivitis (worse than mine), due to bad oral hygiene (I thought) and he has a scoliosis and wears a brace. Allthough I cannot find much about scoliosis and vitamin D, I figured low vitamin D might not be good for that and his laziness and gingivitis might be symptoms of low vitamin D. So I had him tested last week (this summer he spent 2 weeks in Thailand and 1 Portugal). His level turned out te be only 71 nmol after 2 sunny holidays. I was shocked, how low will it have been when he had his finals in may? Could low vitamin D be a reason for his "laziness"? He sleeps about 12-14 hours when he doesn't need to get up for school. Our doctor thinks his vitamin D is great and is not shocked at all. I now give him the 5000 iu as well (he only weighs 63 kilo, but is tall 1.92 metres). Is that a good amount at his age and weight, since you always talk about 150 lbs? Also I like to ask if you know in which European country opinions are different on vitamin D, so I might buy some vitamins 5000 iu or higher over there. When we both have to take 2 pills a day the bottle will be empty quite fast. I can easily go to Belgium or Austria, also I have some family in England and France.

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Asked by  de Vries on September 6, 2016

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  • de Vries
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     de Vries on

    See title

    Answered by  de Vries on

  • IAW
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    So far when someone asks me where to buy overseas I usually point them to http://www.greenvits.eu/. If you have Amazon that may be another choice. You may even be able to buy directly from Bio Tech at https://www.biotechpharmacal.com/. Greenvits sells this brand. It is the one we recommend. (You may able to get higher amounts in England? Attitudes towards the deficiency are the same everywhere and this is why the Vitamin Council exists to spread the word.)
    The trip to Thailand only put your levels “up” temporarily. So if you have been taking 5000iu for quite a few months than taking two, 3000iu tablets is not too much and may still not be enough. (It takes about two months of taking the same amount of Vitamin D a day to get any accurate reading.)
    So I am not a doctor and do not know what to say about the leg pain. Since it is “only one sided”, then I would say it may not be a Vitamin D problem but stranger things have happened. Is this the “only symptom” you have?
    Your son’s scoliosis is from Vitamin D deficiency, The number one symptom of low Vitamin D is fatigue. (So he is not lazy, just sick.) Please see http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/blog/recent-study-finds-patients-with-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-have-lower-vitamin-d-levels-than-healthy-adolescents/. Even though his weight is a little less than 150lbs, he will be fine at the 5000iu a day but he may also need more than that considering the scoliosis. If he has been taking 5000iu for at least two months, you could try testing again to see if he is at 50ng/ml (125nmol/l).
    The 5000iu a day will get most people to a level of 50ng/ml. That is if they do not have any significant health issues or diseases. So for your son the 5000iu a day may be enough but to help the” scoliosis” he may need more.
    The “official”safe upper limit to take is 10,000iu a day but some of us take a lot more than that.
    Vitamin D should only make you feel better. If you start taking higher amounts and get “new” symptoms, it is most likely do to a mineral deficiency and NOT “overdosing” on Vitamin D. If you or your son gets any new symptoms, then you should come back and tell me.
    The body constantly uses up Vitamin D and it needs to be replenished. AT levels below 40ng/ml and your risk for cancer increases dramatically.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • de Vries
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     de Vries on

    Thank you for your answer and the links, I will look into that and also ask my relative in England to check on vitamin D in a drugstore over there. I think I will go back to the doctor for my legpain than and see what can be done about that. I was having other symptoms, but I only realized I had them after I was diagnosed and started reading about vitamin D deficiency. I think I had them almost all: muscle pain (in one leg), gingivitis, chronic sinusitis, allergies, asthma, migraine, no energy, arms and shoulders feeling heavy. Gingivitis, no energy, heavy arms and shoulders are gone now, muscle pain in the leg, chronic sinusitis, allergies, asthma and migraine are still there, but some of these I’ve had for over 40 years, so has probably nothing to do with vitamin D deficiency, I just hope that a good vitamin D level will make them less bad.
    My son was diagnosed with scoliosis when he was 5 years old, it got worse when he started growing in puberty. I never took vitamin D when I was pregnant or gave him any extra, since I was never told about this, like all other parents. Other symptoms he was/is having is, severe allergy for blossoms and grass since the age of 9 (this year may/june worse than ever) gingivitis, fatigue and lack of energy.
    I will give him the 6000 iu now and get us both tested in about 2 months, doctor will not have us tested because he thinks our levels are great, but I have found some tests you can order online.

    Answered by  de Vries on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    If you still have the following symptoms “chronic sinusitis, allergies, asthma and migraine”, then you may not be taking enough. They all can be associated with low vitamin D. How much do you weigh? Even if you weigh around the 150lbs, your genetic make-up may need a higher level then 50ng/ml. (So you may want to take 8000iu a day and see if anything else resolves itself.) I have had several people say their “allergies” were gone after taking D. I had a person say all their symptoms were gone except for allergies.
    You should also read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/.
    It does not surprise me that things got worse for your son at puberty. It is when they are trying to grow and change a lot and without enough Vitamin D, a lot of problems start.

    Answered by  IAW on