I’m 48 years of age and I’ve been battling intense chronic pain for about 4 ½ years now. Having gone from doctor to doctor in that period of time — two separate orthopedic specialists, general practitioner, urologist (possible testosterone deficiency which turned out not to be the case), and finally a pain specialist — no one has been able to successfully treat this chronic pain. More particularly, none of these physicians ever thought about vitamin D deficiency.
It just so happened that I had been taking vitamin D supplements as a portion of my overall daily intake for the past two years. (However, the amount was rather low: 1000 IU.) I didn’t take vitamin D supplements for any other reason than my wife started taking them at the same time and suggested I might want to get on board. I never thought about a potential vitamin D deficiency or that such a deficiency might be contributing to my ongoing chronic pain.
About 7-8 weeks ago, a family member suggested getting a truly comprehensive blood panel, one that would include checking my vitamin D levels (among other things). (Up to this point, none of the blood panels ordered by the physicians noted above included checking vitamin D levels.) Even though I had been on vitamin D supplementation for two full years, my test still came back at 42 ng/mL.
From everything I have read online in the interim, I believe it’s critical for me to get my levels up to 60 or higher in order to be in good health. In a fairly recent conversation, a family friend noted that they were having all sorts of health difficulties for a number of years. Then after they got their vitamin D levels checked (they were in the 30s), they then spent all of their time concentrating on getting those levels up to at least 70, with most of their health problems having dissipated in the process.
I’m now taking 10,000 IU daily.
Question: I have also read the article (from this site) entitled “Vitamin D and Other Vitamins and Minerals.” Is it possible to get these other vitamins and minerals in the form of a good multivitamin or should they be taken independently?
And in general — I also know that this is an impossible question to answer definitively, so I’m only looking for general theory, as it were — if vitamin D deficiency is indeed my problem, about how long does it take for an individual to get their levels in the higher echelons? (My wife got her vitamin D levels checked at the same time as me — she was at 67 — and she is in sound overall health.)
I should also point out that vitamin D deficiency makes perfect sense with me: I live in Anchorage, Alaska, and not only are our winters 7 months long, they are also some of the darkest on the planet. Furthermore, even though our summers are fantastic with respect to available sunlight, they are fairly brief; additionally, my work does not allow me to be outdoors much of the year.
Thanks for all feedback!