I apologize for the double post, I accidentally hit submit.
I am a 31 year old male. Healthy with no chronic health conditions. I weigh 170lbs and I am 5’5″ in height. As a child I remembering dealing with some anxiety, while it was there it was nothing major and definetely manageable. Then 2 years ago, out of no where, anxiety sky rockets and I felt horrible. This lead me to the doctors office, prescribed Citalopram 20mg. Was on this for about 8 months and got off it due to terrible weight gain. I now suffer from anxiety, brain fog that leaves me feeling confused and forgetful. I feel exhausted when I feel the anxiety come on, I have hard time falling asleep during these periods. Just a feeling of illness, which of course is a symptom of anxiety.
Went back to doc thinking something else is wrong. Standard blood work was performed and everything came back good. He did a blood panel, thyroids, blood count etc… Do these blood tests check for low Vitamin D? Also, I had a Diverticulitis episode about 8 years ago, in which a section of my colon was removed. I recovered from that, but once in a while get bloated, uneasy feeling in stomach.
I am a student, work full-time and also a father. I hardly workout except in the summer since I live in the midwest USA. I do not take any vitamins other then a Vitamin B-12 supplement I purchased in hopes of helping with the anxiety.
Sorry for such a long post, but I am looking for alternatives. Anything you can recommend would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for having such a great site with so much information!!
Answered by davizzel on January 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Vitamin D tests are not necessarily one of the “standard tests”. (Maybe in the future.) You could call the doctor’s office and ask them if it was one of the tests and if by chance it was, ask them for the “level”. Do not settle for it was “in range”, you want the exact number. If they did not take one, you could ask for one. If that doesn’t work, then the VDC sells test kits. It would be really great to know what your starting level is but if you cannot do this, then you can try the following.
We usually recommend 5000iu a day of Vitamin D3 for a person weighing 150lbs. If you are extremely deficit, then usually you take more than that for 8 weeks and then retest your levels to make sure they have improved to a “healthy level”. For us this means a minimum level of 50ng/ml. If your levels are then “high” enough, you can then probably take a maintenance dosage of 5000iu, forever. If you weigh more, than you have to take more. So you can try anywhere from 5000-10,000iu a day. If you take the higher amount, I would do so until you feel well again, then try a lower maintenance dose which for you may be more like 6-7000iu a day.
If you decide to take a lower dose and you do not feel better in 8 weeks, come back and tell me.
The anxiety is probably coming from a lack of Vitamin D but might also come from a lack of magnesium. So if you start taking the Vitamin D and the anxiety gets worse, then it is because you need to take a magnesium supplement. (Vitamin D uses a lot of magnesium.) Sometimes people have to stop taking the D and take several days to a week of magnesium before trying the D again.
I would keep taking the B12 for the time being.
You need to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important!
Vitamin D should only make you feel better not worse. So if your symptoms get any worse or different ones appear, then come back and tell me. (It is usually a mineral deficiency.)
Everyone in your family should be taking Vitamin D!
If you have more questions, just ask!
There is a connection to low vitamin D levels and diverticulitis.
Thank you very much for your sound advice! I will follow up with my doctor and request if in fact my D levels were checked, if not I will proceed with testing. What are optimum dosages of magnesium when supplementing Vitamin D at 5-7k IUs? Either way I will purchase Vitamin D and Magenisum asap and start supplementing. I will keep you informed of my progress. Thank you!
Answered by davizzel on January 24, 2018 at 3:44 am
The magnesium is not really tied to how much Vitamin D you take. You do not need any if there is enough in your diet but most diets are low in magnesium intake. So maybe try a minimum of 200mg but you might need more. If you take too much magnesium, it will cause loose bowels, so keep that in mind. If that is the case, then you just need to cut back on the amount you take.
You should test before you take any Vitamin D if possible.
The reason to get tested first, is so we can see just how low your level is and therefore how much you should take for the first 8 weeks. It also gives us a base to compare to once you have taken any given amount for 8 weeks. So I will give you an example. Let’s say you tested and your level is 10ng/ml. This is very low and I would suggest the 10,000iu a day. If you tested and your level was 29ng/ml, then I would probably say take the 5-6000iu a day. Now let’s say at the end of 8 weeks and your beginning level was 10ng/ml and it is now 80ng/ml, you could go to a maintenance dosage which will then keep your level at our recommended 50ng/ml or above. Now let’s say your beginning level was the 29ng/ml and you took 6000iu a day for 8 weeks and your level is now 32ng/ml, something is wrong. You either need to take a lot more or you might not be absorbing the Vitamin D. Then we would have to try and figure out what is causing this.
The odds are you are Vitamin D deficient! The only thing we do not know is how far your level is below 50ng/ml. At levels below 40ng/ml studies show your chance for cancer and autoimmune disease rises “dramatically”.