Anyone else vitamin D deficient?

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  1. DocsLglyBlonde

    DocsLglyBlonde Senior Member

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    I had a physical a week ago, and requested testing my vitamin D levels. I was seeing a new NP, and I thought she was very rational about it, noting that it would not be unlikely for me to test low, and she recommends supplementing anyways (based on my risk factors including location and the fact that I'm always covered in sunscreen or UV blocking clothing), but would definitely be fine running the blood test.

    It turns out that my level is 16 ng/mL, with normal being 30-100 ng/mL (ideal around 50) and deficient being under 20 ng/mL. I was instructed to take 2000 IU's per day, likely indefinitely. I've decided to do a loading dose of 5000 IU's per day to start. I realize D3 is fat soluble, but there's also no great concern with toxicity.

    In the past, I've taken 2000 IU's per day for only a few days before stopping due to extreme fatigue... Like so exhausted I was afraid I'd fall asleep driving. I've read this could be supplement rancidity or Mg deficiency, among some other possibilities. I got a new bottle, so am hoping this doesn't happen again, but has anyone experienced this? My PCP had never heard of such a reaction before.

    Any fellow deficients, please share your experiences. I'm honestly kind of shocked my levels are so low, but am optimistic that I know now :)
     
  2. Squeaksmom

    Squeaksmom Senior Member

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    I tested quite deficient a few years ago. I don't remember what my level was, but my doc wasn't happy lol. She had me do a loading dose of 4000 IU per day for... a few months? I don't remember exactly how long... and then I went to 2000 IU per day. I get tested yearly now and it's been good since, so we're thinking I'll probably be at this dose for the foreseeable future if not for life. The main thing I noticed was that my constantly runny nose (and I do mean that... constant dripping) finally stopped once we got my level to where it should be. Never had any fatigue from it that I can recall. I'm dealing with that now, but that's because I'm apparently anemic *sigh*.
     
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    Ziast Senior Member

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    When I was still working in the lab, we had new regulations come in that Vit D testing was prohibited unless accompanied by a special permission form from a specialist. It is cheaper to just assume that you're going to be low in VitD and supplement and only test if there is something more wrong.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    I tested low once and got terribly nauseous from the vitamin. I probably will test again soon, it wouldn't surprise me if it were low.
     
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    Lark Senior Member

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    Everyone north of the 49th parallel who does not take supplemental vitamin D is deficient. We make vitamin D from sunshine and there simply are not enough hours of sunlight for us to absorb the necessary amount 8 months of the year. Add to that the fact we spend 8 months of the year with only our faces or part thereof uncovered, and we don't stand the chance of a snowball in hades of producing sufficient vitamin D on our own.

    Just call me Polly, parroting way too many doctors I'm afraid. Lest I forget, vitamin D is a necessary component of healing as well.

    I would think that the same would apply, perhaps to a lesser degree farther south.

    1000 IU daily plus 650mg calcium forever and a day here (20 plus yrs), no side effects. Except 1 maybe, I broke my leg 2 years ago, above my left ankle, a type of break that normally requires surgical intervention, I was able at 60+ to get it healed with only an air boot in 8 weeks.

    Maybe if you start small and titer up you could build up a resistance over time. (Some being better than none)
     
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    DocsLglyBlonde Senior Member

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    Sorry about the anemia :( I have never had immune issues, but I do know that's a potential result.

    That's what I've heard as well, and I don't think she was going to send in the order if my insurance didn't cover it, but fortunately they did!
    I get nauseous from B vitamins, but so far so good for D.
    So far so good! I did expect low levels, but I guess not quite do low o_O

    Thanks everyone! :D
     
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    sirius-dressage Senior Member

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    Quite deficient. And pregnant so I'm on a huge dose. 5,000mg plus the 1,000 in my prenatal. We will see when I get my latest results if it has made any dent at all.
     
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  8. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    I'd have to go back years and see what the dosage was but I thought it was ridiculously high on my end. I knew what the average was daily and what I was prescribed made me physically ill. I just started taking regular supplemental amounts twice a day and tolerated that.

    My daughter sits out every day for maybe twenty minutes. I know where you live matters a great deal.
     
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    PyroTekNik333 Senior Member

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    *raises hand*
    I don't remember off hand what my levels were though.

    I take 5000iu per day in the winter and 3000iu when the days are longer.
    At least twice a year I get it rechecked but I'm in monthly for labs so sometimes it's more often. Just depends what the doctor wants to see that day.

    But I've been doing it this way for a few years now and it's been working pretty well for me.
     
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  10. tranquilo

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    I tested deficient recently too. I live in Oregon so I wasn't too surprised. My doctor just had me start taking 1000, no loading dose or anything, and I haven't noticed any side effects.
     
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