Good dosage of vitamin D?

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damouthy1
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   Posted 6/7/2010 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, I hope everyone is doing well. I posted awhile back regarding that I cannot get my vitamin d level checked because my insurance won't pay and I guess it's pretty pricey to have done. So, I was just wondering if anyone knew what would be a good dose to get? I feel like it is worth a try as did my doctor but I had a ton of questions for her that day and didn't ask what a good starting dose is. Also is it D3? Any brands that any of you prefer? The cheaper the better...lol I would appreciate any input on this and here's to a low pain day! Thank you all and take care my friends.
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   Posted 6/7/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I was tested and was only slightly low, but I have been taking 4400 units a day of D3. But if I were you since you can't get tested I would start lower at like 1,000 units and see how you do. I know it took me about a month to feel the difference, but wow when it kicked in it really helped my Fibro. Good luck!
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Alcie
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   Posted 6/7/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
According to the study I read 10k units a day over time is the toxic level, so there's lots of leeway. I take 2k units in the AM, another PM IF I have not gone out in the sun - like swimming or gardening - without sunscreen.

But I had my level tested - ins paid for because of osteoporosis. Even if ins won't cover, you CAN get the test if you pay for it yourself.
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it's a new day
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   Posted 6/7/2010 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor said that I was on the low end of normal, but could still take 2000 per day if it was normal or not. I don't know if it's made a difference.

damouthy1
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for replying. Gail, I think I will start out at 1,000 and see how I feel if I don't notice much difference then I will go to 2,000 (thanks New day, I was kind of wondering about a safe level) Any specific brands that are better than others? Alcie, my insurance will only pay if it's for osteo too. I didn't ask how much it was to self pay cuz my doc said she was sure it was pretty pricey. Again thanks for the responses. Take care.
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Oxycontin, Flexeril as needed, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Clonazepam as needed, Promethazine as needed for nausea from migraines


Sherrine
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
They are now starting to think that we should all be taking 1,000 IU a day.  I take more but am under my doctor's care and advice.  Since we aren't doctors and since each person is different and on different medications, I wouldn't take more until you speak with your doctor.  Try to get out in the sun.  That will help a lot.
 
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Shannon, the last time I had my vitamin D checked the bill was over $450. I do think that is a bit much to check one thing. I take extra calcium 3 times a day and take 1000mg of vit D3 with each dose. I buy my vit D3 at wal-mart and it isn't too expensive from what I remember. For me I can't really say that it has helped all that much but if at least it doesn't hurt anything I'm good with trying it a bit longer. Lisa
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SillyMe2
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I was at level 13 and am on a prescription for 50,000 units once a week. Your 1K dosage sounds like a good level to start at. I did notice the pain in my feet reduced. Did you know that Mushrooms are one of your best sources for Vit D? They absorb 100% of Vit D in 5 minutes of Sun Time.

Also Sun Exposure is fine unless your coming in and washing it off. It takes awhile for our skin to absorb the vitamins from the sun. And if your wearing a sunblock you will not get any. Find the D in your foods and don't depend on the Sun which can be bad for us.

Your Liver processing it is another story. ;(
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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/7/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Doctors suggest 10 minutes in the sun, with no lotion, to get much of our vitamin D.   I see that suggestions of up to 2,000 IU a day is fine, also. 
 
 
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damouthy1
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   Posted 6/7/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone, all this info is very helpful and Sherrine, thanks for the link some great info there too. I do try and get out into the sun as much as I can, but sometimes the headaches prevent this. So, I do think that I probably have a deficiency (SP?) and yeah Gekkogirl that is way too exspensive for me to pay out of pocket. Next walmart trip I am going to pick some up. Oh I did forget to mention that I take a prenatal vitamin daily to help with RLS. Can I still add extra D?
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Shannon
 
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Oxycontin, Flexeril as needed, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Clonazepam as needed, Promethazine as needed for nausea from migraines


Sherrine
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   Posted 6/7/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Count up how many IU's are in the prenatal vitamin.  I count my supplement, my multiple vitamin, and the D in my calcium to come up with my 4,500 IU figure.
 
 
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SarahBear9708
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   Posted 6/7/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm currently taking 3,000 IUs. 2,000IU in a D3 supplement, and 1,000IU in my multi-vitamin. I just had my D3 levels tested...am waiting fr the results, they had to be sent away for some reason. Anywho, I never even thought that insurance wouldn't cover it....oh man I hope it does!

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damouthy1
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   Posted 6/8/2010 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sherrine, that was easy enough...lol Sometimes after I ask a question like that then get the answer, I think to myself...well duh, there ya go! lol Dang fog. Thanks again for everyone responding to my question as always you are all a great help. Love this place!
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon
 
Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraine disorder (with and without aura), GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety
Oxycontin, Flexeril as needed, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Clonazepam as needed, Promethazine as needed for nausea from migraines

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