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vitamin D and me

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.


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Jan. 4th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
I've never taken Vit D, but I'm going to start in about a week. I've heard excellent things about it, and I tend to get seasonal depression. I had to wait until getting out of my first trimester of pregnancy though, because apparently, too much Vit D is bad for a first trimester baby. It has been linked to a fifty percent decrease in risk of gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and pre-term labor as well, so pregnant women are encouraged to take it during the latter two trimesters. Pretty amazing what it's supposed to do. Good luck with it, 50,000 does seem like a lot. Keep us posted on how it works.
Jan. 4th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
I've been on the 50,000 IU supplements for two extended periods of time and I regularly take 4,000 IU/day (which amounts to 28,000 IU/week...so still fairly high). My vitamin D levels were around 8 or 9 to start with and have gone as high as about 50, but usually maintain somewhere around 30. Personally, I never noticed any difference in how I felt from when my levels were low and when they weren't, but I do know other people who have noticed a difference!
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
While I can't speak for how it impacts my migraines, I can tell you that I have read studies that say similar as far as vitamin D levels and migraines and in particular depression and chronic pain symptoms fibromyalgia included.
I started taking vitamin D supplements a few years back, along with gaba, magnesium, (another thing that people with migraines and fibromyalgia tend to be defficient in,) and co-q10, and I can tell you that at least for me, when i take all of my supplements in particular the vitamin D, I feel 100 percent better mentally especially.
I also have read that besides getting it from supplements, you also get it from the sun, so allowing yourself some time outside during the day even if it's 20/30 minutes is important too.
I cannot say whether or not that helps, but then I know for me that any little bit of time out of the house always resets my mood to the positive so...
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Good luck with the vitamin D. I hope it helps with the depression. I just started taking it a few days ago.
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
I hope the vit D increase helps a bit. My levels have always been low, and I've never noticed a difference that corresponds to my levels, though it seems a lot of people do. One thing I really liked about the 50000 IU supplements was the lovely teal color. :)
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