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i had been through pseudomonas aeruginosa chest infection, sore throat, uti, gi track issues, weightloss, it all happend all of a sudden. now i am still dealing with cough ,headache, fatigue, muscle weakness, joint pain. went to many docs all of them told me nothing is wrong all tests are normal, yesterday i requested for vitamin d3 test and my vitamin d3 level is 9 ng/ml. i have started taking 5000 ul a day. is this the right dose for me? i am 26yrs old male with no previous illness.

Asked by  sami on September 7, 2017

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  •  sami on

    See title

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  •  IAW on

    No, it is not enough right now.
    You are very low. Anything below 10ng/ml is considered the Osteomalacia range which is adult rickets.
    The usual protocol is to take 50,000 iu once a week BUT we now know that taking Vitamin D daily is better for you. So that translates to a minimum of 7-8000iu a day. It would not hurt at all to go to 10,000iu a day. (If you weigh a lot more than 150lbs, let me know. IF you weigh more, you have to take more.)
    Please read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important. Take the part about magnesium seriously. If there is not enough in your diet or you do not supplement, then there is a good chance that the Vitamin D will give you symptoms. If by chance you start any new symptoms, come back and tell me. Sometimes it causes other minerals or vitamins to go low.
    Then at the end of 8 weeks, try and get your level retested. This is to make sure your levels have increased and increased enough. More importantly is how you “feel” at that time.
    We consider 50ng/ml a “healthy” level. If in 8 weeks, for example, you now feel well and your level is 80ng/ml, you might be able to drop to the maintenance dosage of 5000iu a day. Never anything less than that. If you do not take Vitamin D daily, your levels will plummet again. If in 8 weeks you feel well and your level is 50ng/ml, then you need to take 10,000iu as your maintenance dosage.
    You can always come back and let me know how you are doing and what your level is and get more advice.
    If you have more questions, just ask!
    Once you get better,for future reference, if you for example are under stress, or need surgery or fell down and broke your leg, then you might want to take some “extra” vitamin D for awhile.
    All of those symptoms should go away! Hope you feel better soon!

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  •  sami on

    thanks for the reply, i weigh around 146 lbs, yesterday i took my first dose of vd3 50000iu, and today i am feeling extreme pressure in my head, brain fogg, my blood presure is fine. i will start taking 8000iu per day after a week, should i start taking magnesium and calcium? , or better to get tested for it first? electrolytes test came back fine i.e (sodium, potassium, chloride, bi carbonate). i was on antibiotics for 3 months and all this started after that.
    thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  •  IAW on

    Sami I am a little confused. You originally said “5000 iu a day”. Today you said you took 50,000 iu. This is important because of the following. If you live in the USA then doctors usually give 50,000 iu ONCE a week and it is D2 and not D3. So what did you take? Taking D2 can make D3 levels go even lower. So it is now hard for me to tell if the brain pressure and fog is lack of magnesium or D3 going even lower if it was D2?
    You cannot rely on blood levels for minerals to determine whether or not you are deficient. Blood tests only measure the 1-2 percent that is in your blood and not “total body stores”.
    If there is enough calcium in your diet, then you do not need to supplement. You have to decide. Most diets lack enough magnesium and Vitamin D uses a lot of it.
    Vitamin D is very important to your immune system. So you were probably already low and that is how you got the infection and then it went even lower trying to battle the infection.
    If you are going to get magnesium do NOT get Oxide. Get citrate or anything that ends in “ate”.

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  •  sami on

    i took 5000iu of vitamin d3 in the morning, and 50,000iu of vitamin d3 at night, as per my second consultant doc i changed my dose, he told me to take 50,000iu of vitamin d3 every week.i will start taking magnesium from tomorrow morning, can u recommend me dose?
    thank you

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  •  IAW on

    The RDA for magnesium needs of a male is 400mg a day but some other studies show people may need 500-700mg a day. Again it depends on your diet. If you get 200mg a day from food then I would start with at least adding 200mg in supplement form. Your head pressure and fog is probably from lack of enough magnesium. So after you get the magnesium and take it several days, let me know if that doesn’t help.
    So if 200mg doesn’t help then increase it to 400mg. If you take too much magnesium, then you will start to get loose bowels. At that point, you need to cut back on how much you are taking.

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