Vitamin D deficiency and taking more

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   Posted 9/4/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
  My blood work showed a marked decrease in iron and vitamin D.  So doc has me taking more Vitamin D for a few weeks, then he is retesting.  Since I have been taking the Vitamin D, I have been having cramping and nausea.  Coincidence or not????
I really do not know much about vitamin D and have only found data that it is needed for Calcium absorption.
Thanks for any info!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 9/4/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
My Endocrinologist has had me taking a prescription strength vit D for many years (50,000 IU 1 X Week) to help with my calcium absorbtion.  But even at that the last time she ran my blood work my vitamin D level was low so she wanted me to more D every day, so I'm taking 1000 IU every day on top of the weekly dose.  I haven't noticed any cramping.  I have nausea as a relatively new symptom of my CD, within the last 2 - 3 years, so I can't really say if it has added to that. But I would be interested to find out if there is a relationship, cause if there is, I'm off the extra vitamin D.  I am so tired of being nauseous.


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   Posted 9/4/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi No I don't notice any cramping I too am taking it .lol gail
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   Posted 9/4/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Nah. No nausea or cramping w/Vitamin D. I was on 100,000 IU weekly for better than 2 years and have been reduced to 50,000 IU weekly now for a year or so by my Endo.

Did they check your parathyroid hormone w/ionized calcium as well as your vitamin D levels when your vitamin D level remained low despite the scripted dose of D?

Vitamin D, PTH and calcium levels can all be interdependent on each other.

And vitamin D is really a hormone. Plus there are two forms of vitamin D to check for. I've forgotten, I think 25 and 25-1. If I remember.
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   Posted 9/4/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
go the natural vitamin D route - get cod liver oil (not fish oil or castor oil). you can get it flavored so it goes down smooth. garden of life and carlson labs are two good brands to look for. they are available in most health food stores and also over the internet. vitamin D in fortified milk is artificial and your body doesnt like artificial vitamins.
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