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Old 03-21-2010, 10:10 AM   #25
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Default Re: Vitamin D FAQ :)

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Originally Posted by butterflyqueen71 View Post
I just found out I am Vit D deficient. I got a call from the nurse last week that my levels were 11.3. They put me on a little green, oil filled pill...50,000 IUs once a week.

I've been reading up on it, and had no idea there was such a thing as being vit D deficient. But I am AA, so I see that dark skin is a factor in being deficient. I'll have to check out that scale!

So...my question is, what are the symptoms of being Vit D deficient? I've been reading about it and alot of the literature has a lot to say about bones, and some say things about mood swings, depression, fatigue...I've had those symptoms, more intense PMS symptoms (yup!) but I was also severely iron deficient (doing better now!) so I'm sure all that is linked to how icky I was feeling for a long time.

I guess my question is, will I be able to feel a difference now that I'm taking this? I have already felt SOOOO much better after getting 2 units of blood for the iron. But I knew I wasn't 100% and still needed to be "tweaked". I'm wondering if the Vit D thing was it? (I didn't have the Vit D test until after the transfusion...different doctor. I had no idea they were even going to test my D levels, I didn't even know you could! I guess that says alot about my new doctor! )
you may not experience any symptoms per se but my guess is that you would be able to in hindsight once you are supplemented.
as i told Crystal, what you are taking is D2, not D3, latter being preferable.
my greatest concern is what this deficiency is doing to you over time:increasing the risk of many many cancers and general morbidity (likelihood of becoming ill)
so, i'm glad to hear you are doing some reading. we are coming to understand that vit. D levels are essential for maintaining and restoring health.
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