I got diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency 3 months ago. The level was 20 (am sorry i cant remember the units). I am in australia and the doctor said an 18 year old normal range is 50-200 of this unit. I have been taking supplements for it. I take the 7000 IU once per week. I wanted to ask how long it will take to recover. I started going to the gym and i am very limited due to knee pain and my shoulder are beginning to pop. I think my knee pain is due to my legs being bent, which again is due to vitamin D deficiency. How long does it take to recover? And will these knock knees go away naturally once my vitamin D deficiency is gone.
Sam is this the first time you came here to ask a question? In Australia Vitamin D is measured as nmol/l. At a level of 25nmol/l and below you risk getting Osteomalacia which is adult rickets. You have probably had the rickets a long time. You are absolutely not taking enough Vitamin D unless you made an error in your above posting. When you are that deficient, you need to take 8000-10,000iu PER DAY of D3 for 8 weeks. Then someone needs to retest your levels to see how you are doing. At that 8 week point your level should be probably 200nmol/l or maybe even higher. If it is, then you can take a maintenance dosage of 5000iu A DAY, forever. If your level at 8 weeks is not 200nmol/l and is a lot less, then you CANNOT decrease the amount you are taking because your body is not done repairing itself. If your level is still really low after 8 weeks, then you need to take an even higher amount of Vitamin D. I do not know that much about ‘rickets’, just the basics. So I am unsure how much you can change, like the knock knees. Since you are still young, you might have a chance. This doctor that you saw, were they a “specialist” or a regular doctor. Here is the USA the specialist that would take care of someone with rickets would be an Endocrinologist. You may want to try and go see one. Just be aware that if they tell you to take less than what I have told you to take, don’t do it. We here at the VDC recommend people maintain a “healthy” level of 125nmol/l. At levels at and below 75nmol/l calcium cannot absorb properly, at levels at and below 100nmol/l, your risk for cancer and autoimmune diseases rises “dramatically”. Vitamin D needs co-factors and you can read about them here at http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. If there are not enough of these in your “diet”, the Vitamin D may cause symptoms or it will take you longer to get better. You may also need a calcium supplement to get better. Hopefully you will start to take more Vitamin D like I suggested above. If you do and if you get ANY numbness or tingling in your finger or toes, this means you are very calcium deficient and need to supplement. A calcium deficiency can be life threatening! As long as this website operates, you can always come back and get more advice like in 8 weeks with your new level. If you have any more questions, just ask.