This community is for discussions about vitamin D, what it does, vitamin D deficiency, symptoms, foods that provide vitamin D, supplements, effects on health and when to see your doctor. We also encourage discussions about any other vitamin D topics that would be of interest to other members.
For years I had really bad skin, into my thirties. Nothing helped. One day I was standing in a queue in the pharmacy and heard someone ahead of me talking to the chemist about Vit D helping with skin problems. I wondered why nobody had ever told me before. I started taking supplements and lo and behold, within two weeks I could see a difference. After a month, I looked like a normal thirty-year-old.
After a series of really bad years, I was suffering from a very long depression. I started to think it was the way I was always going to be. I have always had the SAD, but now it was all the time. Then I somehow remembered about Vit D being the "sunshine" vitamin, and went to the drugstore and found Webber's D3 drops. Instead of once a day, I took the drops twice a day. Within a couple of months, I realized my 6-year depression had lifted. I felt like a strong happy healthy human being again!
My mother, 82, has been failing rapidly since the death of my father. She has recently had an onset of shaking, and has started to use a walker, as she is unsteady on her feet. Doctors say it somewhat resembles Parkinson's. The other day I was talking to her on the phone and she was saying she was experiencing a bit of a depression that mornng, I asked her if she was still taking Vitamin D. She said she was, but only X amount. I told her about my drops, and that I was taking 2000 IU per day, perhaps she needed to increase her dosage. Well, the following day she told me that she had taken another capsule, and within 20 minutes, her shaking had stopped. That evening she went downstairs to get her mail and didn't require the use of the walker. Her back pain has diminished.
Vitamin D has really proved to be a blessing for us!
I have read recently that the symptoms for insufficient levels of Vitamin D are the same as overdose.
I would presume that someone who eats a healthy and well balanced diet and exposes them to some sunshine at least 20 minutes per day would have adequate levels of Vitamin D in their body. Unless of course there was a problem with malabsorption.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, which means that it is not excreted out of the body through urine if there is too much, but is stored in the liver.
I think so many of us on MedHelp with low Vitamin D have medical reasons (known or unknown reasons) for their insufficient amount of Vitamin D levels. I know for me, personally, sunshine doesn't convert properly no matter how many mins day or week or summer season I get & they bloodwork done and redone reveals no answers why.
I was recently diagnosed with super low Vitamin D. The blood test said "6". My doctor was shocked and had never seen one that low before. I am trying to research what it means and the symptoms et al. My doctor said I have 98% of the signs n symptoms. I hate it and have worried for a long time what was happening to me....it never made sense.
Some of what Ive experienced that they are chalking up to the Vit D deficiency are:
Intolerance to heat
Constantly Short of Breath
Inability to walk any distance (weakness and pain)
Major Sleep Apnea
Muscle cramps and spasms
Loss of hair
EXTREME bone deep bone and muscle pain
Heart "flutters" or palpitations
Headache / Migraine
Inability to lose weight no matter how little I eat
Extreme low back pain
......almost all of these are severe and dramatic. Even with major pain meds, I have great difficulty walking because of the pain
Doc has put me on 50,000 IU of Vitamin D and wants me to start a multi vitamin to boost it all.
How long does it take to see any improvement? Is there hope? This has really kicked my butt and I need it to get better ASAP
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