Vitamin D Deficiency

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Sherrine
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   Posted 12/27/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently found out I'm deficient in vitamin D.  That really surprised me because I live in Florida and I was already taking 1,000 IU of D3 a day!  (If you use sunscreen, it prevents the vitamin D from being absorbed by your skin.)  I started taking extra D a couple of years ago because I read a study in JAMA that said you need to take 1,000 IU a day to help protect your heart.  Since I'm diabetic I decided to take extra.
 
Imagine my surprise a couple of months ago to find out I was deficient in vitamin D!  I now take 1,800 IU of D3 a day but will be upping it to 2,000 IU.  I heard a doctor talking about it today and  a deficiency in this vitamin can add to pain, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers, skin problems, and depression!  So, I checked it out and found some links I'm putting in here.
 
 
 
 
I take D3 because it is the best at being assimilated in the body.  It is very inexpensive and I buy mine at Walmart but plenty of stores and places on line sell it too.  I just wanted to share my new info.  It would be great if is helped ease some pain!  Check with your doctor and see what they say.
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 12/27/2008 3:10:21 PM (GMT-7)


Southernlady
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   Posted 12/27/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
My rheumy told me that I was low on Vitamin D so I've been taking it for about 3 months now. 
 
Thanks for the information because I didn't know how important it really is to our body.
 
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   Posted 12/28/2008 12:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad you brought this up, Sherrine. My doc told me last year that many people with fibro are short on Vit. D. So he had me try adding some for a month to see if it helped any. Nope...and I'm not deficient either. I sure do hope it helps others tho...any relief would be a blessing!

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Mazfire
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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   

im vitamin d deficient- i cant be in direct sunlight. my anti-depressants: its a side effect. 2mins in the sun and i dont just burn, i start to blister. im also very light sensitive with my eyes. i used to have a lovely tanned complexion, but now i hide from the sun cos it just causes me quick and strong pain. i wasnt aware i could take a supplement?

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Sherrine
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   Posted 12/28/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Maz, vitamin D is also in calcium supplements.  It will say on the label if it has D in it.  And it is in multiple vitamins, too.  Also, you can just get bottles of vitamin D at the drug store, Walmart, etc.  Be sure it is D3.
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 12/28/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for reminding me Sherrine, I had mine tested over two weeks ago and haven't called for results yet. I have to put all my vitamins in a container and keep it right in front of me to remember to take them. I will be surprised if my D is not low.
 
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   Posted 12/28/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I was tested 2 weeks ago...my Doc put me on 50,000IU once a week.  I have 2 left so I guess after that I will just take a reg supplement???

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Sherrine
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   Posted 12/28/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
MEG, I'm sure your doctor will tell you what to do next.  They are now suggesting that people take 2,000 IU a day.  A couple of years ago they were suggesting 1,000 IU a day so you need to ask your doctor.
 
Sherrine
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CathyA
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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
If I've been taking some D supplements, how long would I need to wait to have a level drawn?

Sherrine
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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure.  I had blood work three months ago and found out I was still deficient in D.  I saw my doctor last week and he ordered more blood work for March...including another check on my vitamin D levels.
 
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janet s.
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   Posted 12/28/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I just finished 4 weeks worth of Vitamin D supplements and now I need to get my blood retested for Vitamin D and calcium. I just wish I lived nearer to my new rheumy, as I like him so much. My last one was a miserable SOB and he had a nurse ratchett.

patsie
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   Posted 12/31/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Just found this post.  Sherrine, I was tested and barely had any vitamin D 6 months ago.  Being retested when I EVER get home.  I am a FLA resident too and garden as much as my body allows.   Patsie

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   Posted 12/31/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I finally called the rheumy's office to get the results of my vit D and magnesium test and was told the results will be mailed to me. They only call you if a test needs immediate attention. So I take it mine isn't a life or death situation. Geez, the nurse can't look at my file and tell me if either is low. I'm not use to dealing with this cause with my GP the nurse calls as soon as the results comes in to tell me. I have to have my sodium checked every few months and know the next day what the numbers are. So who knows how long it will be before I know if my D is low.
 
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