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I was just prescribed Replesta 50,000 IU D3 once a week. The dose is a chewable tablet. Is that dose to much to take in one day? Would it be better to half the dose and take every 3 days, for example? My vit D levels tested at an 8. I have been experiencing a lot of random symptoms over the past 9 months numbness and pain in head, neck, arm, leg on right side only but have on occasion felt same symptoms on left side. Also, pain in my chest, ribs, back, upper abdomen, all individually or at same time. Pain will move move to different areas of my body from day to day and sometimes throughout the same day. It also seems like I have higher than usual heart rate most of time and sometimes what feels like heart palpitations. Usually all symptoms occur on a daily basis in some form or another and will last anywhere from several hours to all day long. I sometimes get a break for maybe 2 to 3 days where I start to think things are getting better and then symptoms come back as usual and often return with additional symptoms or same symptoms in new area of body that hadn't previously been affected. Even on good days symptoms are not all the way gone. Prior to onset of symptoms 9 months ago I was otherwise 100% healthy and have never had any medical issues prior to this. I am 36, relatively good health (except current issues), 6'0" 210lbs, don't exercise much, don't get outside much during the day, and my diet could probably be better. I have seen doctors including neurology, cardiology, infectious disease, ENT, and rheumatology over the past 9 months. All tests performed including numerous blood tests all come back as normal. Usually a combination of muscle relaxer and NSAIDs or other pain killers get me through the day. I also take Ronitidine for abdomin pain, and recently switched to Omeprazole instead. I have also been prescribed Lyrica and Neurontin to try with not much success. Finally, vit D was tested a couple weeks ago and came back at an 8, severely deficient. Can vit D deficiency account for my symptoms as described and if so how long after taking the 50,000 IU weekly should I start to see an improvement in my symptoms, if they are caused by vit D deficiency? I also, want to mention that most recently I had thyroid test come back elevated but normal after retest a week later, and blood tests from 3 months ago showed high ck and low glucose, all else normal. ck and glucose are normal with most recent tests 3 weeks ago. The doctor who tested my vit D (rheumatologist) suggests that the low vit D levels have nothing to do with any of my symptoms, and instead he is focused on a possible bulged disc in my neck which has not been confirmed yet as an actual problem. With that said, he assumes that the majority of my pain starts and resides in my neck which is not accurate. I would love to hear your opinion on my situation as it relates to vitamin D deficiency. Thanks.

Asked by  brett.olsen289841000 on March 12, 2015

  •  brett.olsen289841000 on

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  •  IAW on

    At the VDC website it states:
    The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains. Some people may not have any symptoms at all.
    If you have a severe vitamin D deficiency you may have pain in your bones and weakness, which may mean you have difficulty getting around. You may also have frequent infections. However, not everyone gets these symptoms.
    It may also be helpful to understand that Vitamin D receptors are everywhere in the human body so having a deficit, to me, means anything is possible. So yes it could all be related to the Vitamin D deficiency and until you correct that problem will you know for sure.
    We at the Vitamin D Council recommend taking Vitamin D3 and we do recommend taking it daily. The 50,000 iu a week is OK but you may want to think about the following. If you had no health issues the VDC recommends an adult take 5000iu per day. If you are larger either height or weight wise or obese, you will probably need to take more than the 5000 iu. Also keep in mind we recommend keeping your blood levels at a minimum of 50ng/ml and not the 30ng/ml that is probably the lower end of the range on your lab work. So for you if you took the 1000 iu per every 25 lbs would equal 8400 iu per day. Since the upper safe limit of Vitamin D is 10,000 iu a day and you are deficient, I would take the 10,000 iu a day. It has been proven that you would have to take 40,000 iu every day for several months in order to make yourself toxic, so 10,000 is not an issue.
    I HIGHLY recommend you read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/ and pay close attention to the MAGNESIUM requirements. I would try and stop the Omeprazole as soon as possible because it can cause a magnesium deficiency. A lot of the issues you are having can also be attributed to lack of magnesium.
    There are other sources of D3. I use Biotech. I do not know what the cost comparison between that and what you are taking is and they do make different amounts per capsule.
    Muscles use a lot of Vitamin D so I could understand abnormal CK levels and any other abnormal tests.
    So correct the Vitamin D deficiency and then let us know how you feel.
    More questions, just ask.

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