Vitamin D Deficiency

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/4/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm hoping someone out there can help me.  My husband was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency last year.  He has been taking supplemental D for the past year and his vit D level is even lower than when he was first diagnosed.  What can we do.  His MD suggested he see an endocrinologist.  He did see one about 8 months ago and his level of vit D is lower than it was then.  All I see is that a vit D deficiency can cause many ailments but I don't seem to find anything that will help us if the additional Vit D does not help.  I have lots of plans for the future and they include him. 

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   Posted 9/4/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Is he taking prescription Vit D? Prescription strength has helped me.

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   Posted 9/5/2008 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hockeymom! I was just diagnosed as D deficient too. See my other posts for more info--within the recent page or two. Someone mentioned having thyroid checked too. Most mentioned the prescription D supplement versus OTC. I am still testing the OTC efficacy for myself.
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]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 9/5/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   

He's not been taking prescription Vit D yet.  He's trying to get an appointment with an endocrinologist.  He has been taking fosomax along with D.  There has not been a diagnosis of any kind other than deficient vit. D.


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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
i have the same problem with my Vit. D.. the only thing that has helped is to get injections of B12. then i can actually absorbe my vitiamains

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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
is he on a low fat diet? Vitamin d as well as calcium do not absorb well unless it is taken in conjunction with some fat. D is a fat soluable vitamin so he needs the fat to absorb the D. Try drinking whole milk (i.e. vitamin D milk). or take the d with a big mac. Most of us crohnies dont have much of a wight problem any way, so that may help. also, take the d the opposite time of day as a multi if he takes one, because your body can only absorb so much at one time. The rest will get excreted, so it wont do him much good.

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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Amazingly enough no one has ever mentioned my Vit D, one way or another. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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   Posted 9/8/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I found out 2 months ago during an annual phsyical my D levels were low. I generall avoid the sun becasue I burn easily and am on 2 drugs that warn against prolonged sun exposure (6MP and levaquin). I've been taking 200 iu of D pills and am starting to feel much better. I agree with Wibiff -- take then over the course of the day to get better absorption. I get the 400 iu pills and take them morning and evening. I get more blood work in 2 weeks to see if the pills are working. If not then shot therapy is next.
Diagnosed early 2007 with rectal Crohn's.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulas with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Just talked with a naturopath about vitamin D the other day. He said that if one has difficulty digesting fat that the D level can be low.
Type I Diabetes- 29 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
Celiac Disease- 8 yrs.
Crohn's Disease- (Nov. '06)
No meds at this time. (Don't agree with me.)

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