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I am a 45 year old white female living in Pennsylvania. I have had issues with depressed mood and hand joint swelling that has been previously diagnosed as palindromic rheumatism. About 8 years ago, I was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency in the spring and was able to recover my symptoms of joint aches in about 1-2 months with sun exposure. After being lax on taking replacement, I have again been diagnosed with a level of 29 ng/ml in December. I have been on vitamin d 3 at 5000 U daily for 10 weeks. The depression symptoms cleared quickly in 3-4 weeks, but the joint aches and swelling continue to come and go. I am hoping for a goal of 50 ng/ml. Two questions…When is the best time to recheck a level? and how long can it typically take for the joint aches and swelling to resolve? Thanks

Asked by  suemathu on February 3, 2015

  •  suemathu on

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  •  IAW on

    The thing is you do not really know how much Vitamin D you made last spring and summer or the blood level you reached then to keep the symptoms at bay. It might take 5000iu for the depression but more than that to combat the rheumatism. Since it has been 10 weeks why don’t you try some more Vitamin D and see what happens. Maybe take it to 8000iu and see if symptoms resolve. (10,000 iu is the safe upper limit.) The point is you might reach a goal of 50ng/ml but it might take more than that to resolve your symptoms. I think you just need to take some more.

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