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Vitamin D Deficiency recovery time??

I'm recovering from a Vitamin D deficiency. My levels (accordiong to my endo) were 16 (im assuming ng/ml).. I was supplementing with 6-8,000 IU of D3 daily. I was told that my serum levels have gotten up to 70, but unfortunately I'm still exhibiting a lot of the same symptoms.. Brain Fog, Fatigue, LOW T (no libido), proximal muscle fatigue, etc...I'm trying to find out how long it's going to take for me to start feeling better again.. Vitamin D deficiency is a nightmare!
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And its been about 2 months since I was informed that serum levels were in teh appropriate range.. I'm going to call ym primary physician tomorrow to get a copy of the panel results to find out exactly if it was nmol or ng/ml..
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do people even see these threads?
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Hello, I am a 35 yrs old and for more than 6 months I have been struggling with my symptoms. At first I had stomach problems. The pain in my abdomen was so bad my husband had to call an ambulance . I nearly fainted ,it was awful , and I am a mother of 3 children , I know what pain is. The paramedics were very upset with me as it wasn't a life threatening situation :(. Then everything started to fall apart. I was feeling tired, I had pain all over my body, my legs were killing me, my arms and hands all of a sudden were "falling asleep", I got bruises all over my legs, I lost 10 kg in less than 2 months without any changes in my diet. I started to feel extremely anxious and were getting panic/anxiety attacks every other day. My GP stopped paying attention to my symptoms- the minute I stepped in to the cabinet he would say that I have to change my lifestyle - enjoy more.....he thought that everything is because I am stressed. He never listened to me. Yes, I was stressed, I am still getting stressed from time to time because of my symptoms. I am so stressed that the are days I think I am going insane. I am so scared that my three children will have to come to visit their mother in the hospital because she is mentally ill. Honestly I am freaking out. Three weeks ago I changed my GP and on my first appointment with the new one I told him that I want my Vit D checked. I can't remember who told me that I might be deficient. The results came back and my level was 24. He told me that it is not SO bad and prescribed me 10 k/ week and also folic acid as the levels  were low  too. I am also taking something for my IBS or GERD ( I don't think he is sure exactly what I have) and some pills for my terrible migraine - that's a new one from last week. Now I am thinking of increasing my Vit D and also buying some magnesium and calcium . I am not sure though if I am going to do it as I hate taking pills and I am scared to do it without making sure its completely safe. Some of my other symptoms (except the panic and pains) are shortness of breath, heart palpitation , chest pain , dry eyes, dry mouth ,sore throat ( not very often), a very strange sensation on the back of my neck when I lay on my pillow- its like pounding or like impulse ,starting from the bottom of my neck and getting stuck at the base of my head.....I know it sound strange but I don't know how to explain it. It doesn't stop until I change my position. I wake up tired, some days instead of me looking after my children they have to look after me- it is devastating . I want to be the mother and the wife  I was, full of energy, funny to be around finding pleasure in every single thing. I really do, but every time I try to do something even simple tasks I start feeling tired so quickly , get dizzy and I get discouraged . I know now that most of my symptoms are probably because of VDD and I hope I will get better sooner or later .......I just don't wanna lose my mind .
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You should get your hormone levels checked, sounds like you are experiencing estrogen dominance. Also, balancing the gut is key to being able to absorb the nutrients and supplements you're ingesting. I would cut out gluten for awhile and see how it makes you feel. You will heal... don't be afraid. I know exactly what you're going through. This is an old post, so I hope you've figured this out since....
You should get your hormone levels checked, sounds like you are experiencing estrogen dominance. Also, balancing the gut is key to being able to absorb the nutrients and supplements you are ingesting. I would cut out gluten for awhile and see how it makes you feel. You will heal... do not be afraid. I know exactly what you are going through. This is an old post, so I hope you have figured this out since....
Most all of this sounds like what I’ve experienced. After numerous varied tests over the past couple of years, my Vitamin D level was found to be deficient (in the 20’s), It was the only problem that surfaced (in my access to Western medicine). It was the only thing that my Western medical system could perceive, measure, and then call Abby Normal. Fortunately the deficiency was discovered (after 9 months of uprecedented horror from my viewpoint - and becoming almost an invalid, from being a 5-day-a-week mountain hiker). I’d never experienced the strange neurological effects, the sudden blood-filled ears and brain, the horrid stomach aches and lack of digestion, the anxiety, vibrating limbs, chest, and surfaces, muscle twitchings, heart floppings and palpitations, scallopped tongue, strange fingernails, slack muscles, cramping neck, etc., the seeming stiffness and swelling of arteries, numb limbs, numb face, bone aches, ETC. Poor us!

Vitamin D is a hormone. It’s my theory (based on my own colorful horror story, quite similar to your sensations and experiece) that your low Vitamin D level is the cause of all these things. And that it will resolve eventually if you continue to supplement and get out in direct sunlight. (Have your parathyroid monitored too, since, from my bare unexpert understanding, the parathyroid may wish to cause the deficiency to protect your bod - rather than just act in response to the deficiency.) I yam NO doctor however. Best wishes with your struggle! Please update us all.
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Hi,

I am from India, and I know what you are saying right now. I am also suffering from VDD and GERD. I too have stomach aches and I find it really difficult to maintain a balance between work and home. My symptoms are muslcles aches and joint pains. Nausea(in morning) and it stops when I eat something. The thing is taking too much calcium can cause nauseatic feeling. Get your Vit D, Vit B12, Calcium and PTH/TSH checked. I am only 27/M. I was doing a lot of exercises and now I can barely work for 8 hrs in office. Believe me we have to fight over it, don' t lose mind. You are not ALONE!! I am losing weight too, but I know its all related to Vit D imbalance. Some say it is also a hormone and it can cause issues. But don't worry. Feeling lazy after Vit D supplementation is normal for a day. I feel like when I used to be in SUN i feel lazy and now I know why because it was creating Vit D automatically. Same is the case for Vit D supplementation. I was injected 6 lakh IU of Vit D. , but after reading so many websites, I feel 50,000 IU a week for 8 weeks is effective and cause less issues.

Keep posting. I will share mine, we can and we will overcome :)
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Have you overcome you deficiency and if Yes then are you back to normal?
hi
how are you doing now
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Hello, I have a d deficiency also but ended up having b deficiencies, low on vitamin c, also Epstein Barre virus antibodies (inactive) very high.
So lots of pains and fogginess and just not getting out of bed.
So you may want to have other vitamins checked --also hormones etc.
I did hear that you may need magnesium also and K2 when you have a vitamin d deficiency. Not sure how accurate. But also if you still feel the same symptoms you may need to stay on a maintenance dose of like 2,000 i.u. if back on track.
I am just doing a lot of differet research -just putting in my two sense. I am not sure if it would still be the D causing issues if numbers came back up...
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I have/had the same symptoms and deficiencies.  It's crazy.  Vit D, Vit B6, Zinc, High Copper, High Epstein Barre virus as well.  Struggled for years with brain fog, fatigue, stress, anxiety, ulcerative colitis.  The docs know nothing about this.  I just went to Europe for a vaction for one month.  I was out in the sun all day practically every day getting sun all over my body.  I am now back to work and feel great.  Two things:  1) I had no problems with the food in Italy.  no problems with the wheat.  My bowels were fine.  2) In the US, I already have gut problems again, and I am only back for one week.  My stress levels at work are very low.  I think all of this is due to lack of sunlight and high yield but toxic agricultural practices in the US.  My recommendation is to take advantage of sunlight when available and eat clean foods.  I am hoping for the best with this new insight.
I have/had the same symptoms and deficiencies.  It's crazy.  Vit D, Vit B6, Zinc, High Copper, High Epstein Barre virus as well.  Struggled for years with brain fog, fatigue, stress, anxiety, ulcerative colitis.  The docs know nothing about this.  I just went to Europe for a vaction for one month.  I was out in the sun all day practically every day getting sun all over my body.  I am now back to work and feel great.  Two things:  1) I had no problems with the food in Italy.  no problems with the wheat.  My bowels were fine.  2) In the US, I already have gut problems again, and I am only back for one week.  My stress levels at work are very low.  I think all of this is due to lack of sunlight and high yield but toxic agricultural practices in the US.  My recommendation is to take advantage of sunlight when available and eat clean foods.  I am hoping for the best with this new insight.
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I know this is a bit late, but I read somewhere that you don't want to take magnesium when taking D because the D causes you to have higher levels of magnesium as it is, so it could make you feel horrible.

The primary reason I'm responding to what you wrote is because it sounds like you have symptoms of celiac disease (only treatable via gluten free diet). The only realistic way to test (aside from an endoscopy or colonoscopy) is to do a two week strict gluten free diet and see how you feel.
In essence, your body would be treating gluten as though it were an invading entity in need of killing. Your body then goes into overdrive trying to kill off said invader, making you exhausted as though you have the flu. It jacks up your intestines and can cause intestinal pain, but it all but halts the absorption of vitamin B, D, iron, and if not dealt with, you can become lactose intolerant, too (ultimately it'll give you cancer, if not addressed). Each of those vitamin deficiencies can cause magnificent symptoms. The doctors typically unwittingly battle the symptoms, not realizing the source.  

The pulse like sensation is the beginning of an allergic reaction, which can progress  to itchiness (then full body itchiness) and then hives.
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