My vitamin D level was at 12 ng/ml, yet, I work outside in the sun all day. What could be causing this? I have possible inflammatory bowl disease, but how would that stop me from getting vitamin D from sunlight? The doctor has me on 20,000 UI daily for a short time, yet I don't feel any better. How long does it usually take to start seeing the effects? .

Asked by  hambone007_9781947800 on March 7, 2015

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    First question where do you live? Unless you live at the equator you will probably end up with a deficiency. So when you say you work outside all day, again is this year round and at what latitude? Are you mostly covered with clothing because UVB rays do not make it through clothing? Here is Virginia where I live the latitude only basically allows for making Vitamin D from April thru September. Also skin pigmentation is very important. The darker your skin pigmentation the longer it takes to make vitamin D in your skin.
    Your bowel disease is most likely being caused by the Vitamin D deficiency. When you say “I do not feel any better” are you referring to the bowel issues or other symptoms? Did you just start taking the Vitamin D? I also recommend reading http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. Any more questions just ask!

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  •  hambone007_9781947800 on

    I live in Louisiana, and I work outside year round, and I have white skin. I began taking vitamin D because of multiple issues, such as IBD, chronic fatigue, depression with disassociation, with the hopes that this will help it. I find that after I take it, I begin feeling slightly tired and relaxed, but no improvement in symptoms. Do most people get instant results?

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    Do you take any medications for anything? Do you wear sunscreen? Are you overweight?
    The only reason I can think of at the moment as to the “why” you are deficient is the amount of skin you have exposed. I know there are “calculators” out there that if you plug in information such as latitude, how cloudy it is, how much clothing you are wearing etc. it will tell you how much vitamin D you can make in a certain given time.
    You still really did not answer how long you have been taking the 20,000iu and how long he wants you to take it for? Vitamin D needs a lot of MAGNESIUM and some other stuff mentioned in the link above to work effectively. Your level is low and you actually have health issues, so it may take awhile to repair damage. I think some people can feel results fairly quickly and I think for others it will take some time.
    If perchance something else besides low vitamin d has caused these symptoms, then you could have low vitamin d levels because you are using up a lot of Vitamin D trying to correct the problem/illness.

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  •  hambone007_9781947800 on

    I just took some magnesium (100mg), and I feel like it has given me a little boost. I will continue taking it for a few days to see how it works. I’m seeing a chiropractic internist, and he only wanted me on this dosage of vitamin D for about 2 weeks (it took 1 week for the vitamins to arrive in the mail), and then get retested, but he didn’t mention magnesium. I’m getting retested in a few days. For some reason, he only wanted me buying the vitamins from one specific individual who lives in a different state. I don’t know what difference it makes.

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    So at this link that I gave you above http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/ it states:
    The Vitamin D Council believes that the daily amounts of magnesium recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board aren’t enough to keep your body healthy; and that both men and women may need more than is recommended. Some research studies show that your body needs between 500 and 700 mg a day.
    Once he retests, you are looking for a minimum blood level of 50ng/ml. You would probably need to take a minimum of 5000 iu per day to keep you at this level. Since you are sick you may need a higher amount for a while. Just so you understand you can’t just get your level up, then not take Vitamin D anymore. The levels will go right back down.
    I cannot comment on the “out of state” Vitamin D. You can get Vitamin D just about anywhere “now a days”. Larger amounts then 5000 iu need to be ordered.
    More questions, just ask! Also if/when you get better, let us know. We like to hear success stories!

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  •  hambone007_9781947800 on

    I just saw the doctor (chiropractic internist) again, and he wants me to continue on this high dosage. He didn’t bother retesting me, yet. The magnesium only gave me a boost the first day I took it. I might consider increasing the dosage, but the doctor didn’t seem to know anything about these two things working together. He has also put me on colostrum. Will vitamin D work as an anti inflammatory?

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    You are so lucky that the doctor even knows about Vitamin D because most of the medical community is ignorant. Under the link above is “To get the most benefit from vitamin D, you must have other cofactors in your body. Vitamin D has a number of cofactors; the ones listed below are the most important.”
    ◾Magnesium
    ◾Vitamin K
    ◾Zinc
    ◾Boron
    ◾Vitamin A
    So sorry he does not know about the magnesium. You really need to take more! If you take too much the worse that will happen is you will get “loose bowels”. If that happens then you just decrease the amount you are taking. In my family we take a minimum of 400iu a day.
    Toxicity for Vitamin D does not usually happen until you have taken 40,000 iu a day for several months and you are well below that. I would give it a month to six weeks, then insist if you want to, that the test be repeated.
    Vitamin D absolutely has inflammatory properties.

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