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   Posted 4/1/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thought I'd introduce myself as this is my first time here. I was first diagnosed with fibro in 1995. I also have osteoarthritis, migraines, 2 ruptured cervical discs & sleep apnea. I've recently started treating with a new rheumatologist in Northern Michigan. I work as a childcare provider.

supplements. I've heard that vitamin D is one to take regularly. In what way is it supposed to help, more specifically - how does it help fibromyalgia? What dosage should an adult take on a daily basis, in addition to whatever vitamin D we get in dairy products?

thanks for being here........drowsy

( I added a subject so more people would stop by to greet you. Chutz)

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   Posted 4/1/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi drowsy and welcome!!

I'm very glad you have joined our family. This is a caring bunch and I hope you will feel at home here.

about vitamin D...I'll tell you what my doctor told me. Research shows that many people with fibromyalgia are low on vitamin D so taking a supplement is a good thing. He had me take about 1200 units if I remember right...but always ask your doctor what is right for you. Adding vitamin D did not help my pain.

I found tons of information on what vitamin D can do and the link below is to a good, but intense, report if you want to read it. It talks about magnesium and vitamin D in fibro. the NIH site I found an research abstracts that shows vitamin D has no affect on pain relief in fibromyalgia patients and one that shows it does.

I guess the jury is still out. But if your doctor is OK with you taking some it might not hurt to try. Doctors can only work with what they have when it comes to's very difficult for them. Some research shows that magnesium/malic acid does nothing yet we have many people here who use it and get great relief.

I hope this helps more than idea
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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Drowsy!

Welcome to the family! Chutzie has given you a lot of good info on Vitamin D and I know there's another thread around here somewhere that Sherrine posted about D as well-I'll look around and see if I can find it for you. Hopefully that gives you some more insight into how it works. Also check out the Fibro 101 thread. There's so much good information there, too.

I see you're another Michigander! For some reason, there are a lot of us from MI here..not sure what the connection is. I currently live in SE MI, but grew up in the northern part of the state-such a beautiful area!

Welcome again. Please feel free to post anytime you like with any questions, concerns, complaints you may have. This is a wonderfully supportive place and I do hope you find as much comfort and support coming here as I do. :-)
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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Drowsy and welcome. I have low D and started taking 1600 UI until my rheumy app on the 20th. I read that D needs to be balanced with calcium and magnesium so I will get my docs advice on that.
Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains a lot of great info. Read, ask questions and we will be here for you.
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   Posted 4/2/2009 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi drowsy, and welcome.  I don't take Vitamin D (my levels are okay), so I don't have anything to offer about that, but I did just want to welcome you to the forum.  :-)
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   Posted 4/2/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Drowsy and Welcome-

I have never had my Vit. D level taken until just recently my Dr. ordered it. VERY low!! She started me on 50,000 IU's once a week for 12 weeks. I have taken it for a few weeks now and do not notice any changes with it helping my pain. In fact my pain is worse this week, but our weather here has been rainy, sleeting, snow, all mixed in till today. Time will tell.

Hope you like your new rheumy also- having a good Dr. sure makes a difference!



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   Posted 4/2/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey, thanks you guys for the good information.  I will give the rheumy's office a call and see what she suggests & whether she wants to order a blood test to check my vitamin D level.  Good to meet everyone too!

:-) drowsy

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   Posted 4/2/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   

OOOOps .. almost missed your thread Drowsy!!!

Just wanted to pop in and say hi and welcome!!!

You've come to a great place.  You'll find our members and moderators to be really helpful!!

Again, welcome!!!

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   Posted 4/2/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Drowsy, and welcome!  I am taking 3,500 IU of vitamin D a day trying to get my levels up to normal.  It's good to have a blood test to see if you are deficient in D first.  I did read an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association that highly suggested that people take 1,000 IU a day.  It can help with pain and least it has for me.  And, it is supposed to help prevent heart attack and strokes according to that article.
I'm glad that you found us and joined in.  Be sure to read Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum...and read back posts and ask questions.  We have had several vitamin D posts in the past week so you can get even more information there.  Meanwhile, I'm glad you are here and hope to hear more from  you soon.
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