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#1 Jan 07 2013 at 3:35 PM Rating: Excellent
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Last week I went to my GP because of some weird symptoms - most of them matched that of a dysfunctional thyroid, so I wanted to get tested. I've been tired all the time, have trouble losing weight even with diet and exercise, get muscle cramps, am very sensitive to the cold (it's 70F in the house and I'm wrapped in a blanket), and other things.

My doctor sent me in for blood testing and said he'd call as soon as there was anything to say.

Well, the thing to say today was this: My vitamin D levels were so low I needed to start taking massive supplements today. (Anything else can wait until we meet again next month.)

It's funny, because the calcium chews I take have the RDA for vitamin D already in them, Apparently, my aversion to sunlight and milk means that isn't enough.

There are other disorders that can lead to vitamin D problems that I suspect he'll have me tested for, but at least it's not ovarian cancer, which he warned was a very unlikely possibility but one nonetheless based on the symptoms I went in for. (He was leaning toward PCOS, which it apparently is not.)

The upside? My cholesterol levels are acceptable. So, even if I'm still a fatty, all that diet and exercise is at least doing something. I am officially among the "fit/fat" who are obese without presentations of metabolic syndrome.
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#2 Jan 07 2013 at 3:55 PM Rating: Excellent
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Wow thats a bummer, cat. Keep us posted on what happens.

In the meantime, what does the doctor suggest for these "massive" amounts of supplements? If you are already on the RDA and presumably it's just not absorbing, how will taking more help?

#3 Jan 07 2013 at 4:37 PM Rating: Good
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To put it in perspective, the amount I take with my calcium chews includes 1000 IU.

The mega pills I got prescribed are fifty times that.

I think that if I test low again in a month, they'll know its an absorption issue and go from there.

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#4 Jan 07 2013 at 5:40 PM Rating: Good
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Let me guess, little green capsules, take one once a week?
#5 Jan 07 2013 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
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Blue, but yes, once a week.

I took one as soon as I got home from the store and I do feel a bit more energetic already, but that's probably a placebo effect. Smiley: laugh
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#6 Jan 07 2013 at 6:05 PM Rating: Good
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Won't all that extra calcium in your system waiting to be absorbed or excreted cause kidney stones?
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#7 Jan 07 2013 at 6:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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So, looks like you're taking the blue pill.
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Roommate is on the 50,000 IU green pill. It does help tremendously with the cramps and exhaustion. Hope everything works out for you.
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Baby's in Reno with the vitamin D,
Got a couple of couches, sleep on the love seat,

I have no idea what that means.
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Baby's in Reno with the vitamin D,
Got a couple of couches, sleep on the love seat,

I have no idea what that means.


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#11 Jan 07 2013 at 6:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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Glad you found some answers and have something to help you. I was in a similair boat a few months back: exhausted, could not lose weight no matter what I did, etc. I finally got to an endocrinologist, and after extensive bloodwork, while the numbers said I was haircross borderline normal, all of the other tests they ran showed I had hypothyroidism. On top of that I was also very low on vitamin D. I now take a daily horsepill size of Vitamin D. After about a week, along with a careful diet, I noticed a big change in my energy. Still finding it diificult to lose any weight, but my bloodwork since then has shown drastic improvements. Good luck and I hope that you see the changes soon! Keep us posted

ETA: I was prescribed a daily Vitamin D at 5000 IU

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Hooray for finding a problem that can be remedied!

I've recentishly discovered that powdered supplements mixed with a glass of water, or liquid supplements, are absorbed by me HEAPS better than packed tablets, or even capsules. If I'm taking a tablet, I take an enzyme capsule with it, to help digest it.
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I've been thinking of switching over to the gummy adult vitamins they now sell, also because I hear they are absorbed so much better.

Funny enough about all that calcium - it's not there. My platelet donations ensure that all the calcium gets chelated out of my blood on a pretty regular basis, and if I don't load up on supplements just before I go on, I'll experience a calcium crash during my donation. Calcium levels were normal.
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#14 Jan 07 2013 at 10:56 PM Rating: Good
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How weird. A friend of ours is having some strange issues, and the doctors think he may have a vitamin D deficiency. He's having some weird chest pains, some numbness, and overall icky feelings. They think some of the vitamin D deficiency symptoms (which they say can be pretty wacky) are causing him to freak out and have some anxiety attacks.

But they aren't SURE it's a vitamin D deficiency yet, so there's that, too.
#15 Jan 08 2013 at 1:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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I've been thinking of switching over to the gummy adult vitamins they now sell, also because I hear they are absorbed so much better.
If you're anything like me, they're also much easier to remember to take. I've never been good about remembering my vitamins, but I haven't missed more than a handful of days in the year or so since I started on the gummies.
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I bet your doctor has stocks in Vitamin D supplement companies!.

Eat a bunch of tuna, or mushrooms call me in the morning.

Hope you get better!.
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Glad you found some answers and have something to help you. I was in a similair boat a few months back: exhausted, could not lose weight no matter what I did, etc.

Weird, I have the same symptoms, but my doc told me: "We refer to that as "Being 40 year old with an infant".
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Glad you found some answers and have something to help you. I was in a similair boat a few months back: exhausted, could not lose weight no matter what I did, etc.

Weird, I have the same symptoms, but my doc told me: "We refer to that as "Being 40 year old with an infant".

Thank bob I have no infants. Mmmmm, love that uninterrupted sleep at night. Smiley: wink
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I recommend blueberries and walnuts.

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Last year when I was having atrocious lower back pain they ended up taking blood and found I had low vitamin D levels. Not really surprising considering I work in IT and spend all my free time away from the sun in front of my PC. They had me on the green pill for a couple weeks and it made a noticeable improvement. Since then I've been taking 400 IU daily and it seems to help, but I dunno.
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Last year when I was having atrocious lower back pain they ended up taking blood and found I had low vitamin D levels.

It's what they tell people they think are hypochondriacs.
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#22 Jan 08 2013 at 10:46 AM Rating: Good
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Has anyone who is, or has suffered from vitamin D deficiency tried prescribing themselves outside time? It seems so much more palatable than resorting to maintenance medication.



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#23 Jan 08 2013 at 11:02 AM Rating: Good
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Glad you're OK. Go make friends with the sun. I promise you won't sparkle if you step out into the sunlight.
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I have skin so pale most makeup companies don't even make makeup shades for it. Fifteen minutes in direct sunlight is enough to cause me to experience mild sunburn. I may not sparkle, but there's a reason I slather on SP 50 any time I plan on being outdoors.

It's also the cloudy season in Georgia, so even going outside with a milder SPF means I won't get much benefit from it.

I don't mind pills. It's a vitamin, not even really medication.
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#25 Jan 08 2013 at 2:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Refreshing that the pharmaceutical conglomerates have an ever-increasing range of remedies for hypochondria. Smiley: cool
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I don't mind pills. It's a vitamin, not even really medication.
Not even a buzz..Smiley: frown

If it helps it's all good. But don't let pills take the place of a good diet and regular exercise - outside exercise. If it's cloudy - all the better. You won't get sunburned. Also, sun in the winter is further away - less dangerous (sans snow-glare). Just find a destination to walk to three times a week and do it.

Also computers suck the life out of peeps - specially if you read too much gbaji.

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