My rhuemy has started testing Vitamin D levels because of all the new research showing the link between deficiencies and autoimmune disease. (Actually, the research isn't that new. A naturopath told me YEARS ago that I should up my Vitamin D supplements...I did for a while, then forgot about it.)
A normal level was 35. Mine was 7. They said that wasn't just deficient, it was depleted. So once a week for the next eight weeks, I'm taking Drisdol, a mega-prescription dose of the vitamin. She also told me to make sure I'm getting enough calcium because that much D will zap it from my bones. So now I've added five horse-pills of calcium citrate to my pile of daily pills. But if it's going to make me feel better, I am NOT complaining!
I was intrigued to learn more about Vitamin D online. It appears to be linked to weight problems, PCOS, and high blood pressure, all things I have dealt with or am dealing with now. So it will be interesting to see if after eight weeks, I'm feeling better across the board.
Maybe it's worth asking your rheumy's to start testing for this, too? Especially since so many of us avoid the sun because of our sensitivity to it. I'm also not a big dairy person so it's really not surprising that my levels were so low.
Wife, writer, artist, homeschooling mom to 2 wonderful boys
Lupus (dx May '04), arthritis, PCOS, being tested for vasculitis and Behcet's
Now taking: plaquenil, limbrel, metformin XR, ibuprofen and the occasional percoset for pain