Both my rheumatologist and my internist's office called me today because my vitamin D level was low on last week's bloodwork. The rheumatologist's nurse said, "Your level is a bit low, so you should take a supplement." I finally dragged the info out of her after three tries of, "How low?" The fact that I had to work so hard to get factual information irritated me to no end. I didn't ask how much I should take. I didn't expect I would get any useful recommendations after that kind of interaction. I normally take 2,000 IU but have been off supplements for a few weeks. During that time I happened to experience a marked change in mood (depression, anxiety/panic/anger), and fatigue. That is a self-feeding cycle; and this week I filled the vitamin box to see what happens. I am doing somewhat better, at least getting things done and having less obsessive thought patterns.
The internist's office was a lot more forthcoming with info. The internist actually called in a prescription for vitamin D: 50,000 IU/day for one month. Wow! That is a lot of vitamin D! I thought the receptionist was reading it incorrectly and perhaps meant 5,000 IU. When I checked with the pharmacist, he said that it really is 50,000. Perhaps I do not really know what it is like to feel well... I did tell someone the other day that depression has pretty much been a norm in my life for a long time. That is a very sad thing to have said. Much of it is situational; but there are also studies linking vitamin D deficiency and mental health problems as well as asthma, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, and diabetes. I could comment on this at some length, but I don't quite have the energy or presence of mind right now. At some point I will come back to it. For now I will just say that I am somewhat torn between skepticism and intrigue. I will be interested to see how I feel in a few weeks.