Low vitamin D levels can cause muscle pain and weakness. Studies show that as many as 25% of people with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) have low vitamin D levels, and that supplementation may help lower pain levels in some cases. One study shows that vitamin D-deficient people need twice as much narcotic pain reliever as non-deficient people.
Your body needs vitamin D to help with calcium absorption and for bone growth and strength. Along with calcium, vitamin D protects you from osteoporosis.
Some FMS and ME/CFS experts recommend between 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily, which far exceeds the FDA's recommended daily allowance. In fact, the National Institutes of Health considers 2,000 IU the highest tolerable daily amount. However, recent discoveries about the importance of vitamin D for overall health are changing opinions about how much is enough. Make sure to talk to your doctor about how much vitamin D you should be taking. If you take a high dosage, your doctor may want to test your levels periodically.
Vitamin D is naturally available in eggs, Swiss cheese, and several fish, including salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines. You also get it from sunshine. Food makers add it cereal and milk to help prevent rickets in children.
Too much vitamin D is potentially toxic. Side effects:
Your doctor can help guide your vitamin D regimen.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 3/23/2009 11:51:30 AM (GMT-6)
I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
Sherrine/Marlee- I started my high dosage of Vit. D a little over a month ago and I am starting to notice some increased energy and pain is easing up. Now I'm not sure if it is the nicer weather getting here too, but whatever it is, I'll take it!!!
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.
Yikes!!! Good luck Miriam!!! I need to do that too.. Just chicken!!!!
Hugs and be brave!!! I'm proud of you!!
I'm not sure about my D count.. I haven't had it done yet but will ask about it at my next appt (mid May).. but since it seems to be an issue with everyone else I decided to go out and buy some (and I might even remember to take them once in a while.. LOL). I figured 1000 mgs a day wouldn't hurt.
I find it so interesting that everyone seems to share this difficency.