I suffered with pneumonia in January and have never felt well since recovery. I suffer with absolutely overwhelming, constant fatigue and have barely left my house in 4 months. I find the simplest of tasks impossible - sometimes even making a cup of coffee is impossible, as it involves so much effort! I have muscle and joint pains, brainfog, lack of concentration, unsteadiness, dizziness, headaches ( rarely had headaches in the past), my hair is falling out (not a massive problem, just mild, but enough to notice) and I have started sweating more than usual. I have had type 1 diabetes for 49 years, treated with an insulin pump.
I've been to my GP a couple of times because I am so concerned, mainly because of this intolerable loss of energy . I am usually a very active 64 year old, the life and soul of the party!
My GP said she'd like to exclude several illnesses, including vitamin D deficiency, under active thyroid and, wait for it... Diabetes!! She was very embarrassed when I pointed out I've had type 1 since a teenager! I also pointed out that a few years ago I had been found to be Vitamin D deficient, yet after approximately a year or so taking a low dose supplement, had my repeat prescription refused on the grounds that new research had concluded it was no longer fashionable to treat a low level!!
It's 2 weeks since I had a range of blood testa, so I rang the surgery yesterday, to be told that all my blood tests were normal. I wasn't happy, as the GP had told me that if everything was normal, then she'd have to conclude that I have ME. I voiced that I'd hoped my vit d was going to be low, to which she replied, it IS low, 14.1, but the doctor will talk to you about it next week. I asked if I could be given a prescription for vit D in the meantime but she insisted I wait another week. I told her how ill I felt and that I couldn't wait another week, and she reluctantly agreed to ask the GP to call me back. Needless to say, she didn't.
Today the receptionist rang to say I was to pick up a prescription for Vit D3 for 5 tabs of 20000 strength to be taken once a month for 3 months. I was expecting to be prescribed a daily dose and am rather confused by this. Has anyone else experienced this dose?
How long should I expect to wait before I experience an improvement with my energy levels?
Thank you in anticipation of some reassurance!