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  • kathdog
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    Taking Vit. D alone will cause bad constipation. You need to take it w/magnesium to alleviate that problem. Also, it is Dr. recommended that just 10min. of sun exposure (no lotion)per day will help w/ the Vit. D problem. Anymore than that may led to skin cancer, which according to the American Caner Society: “there will be 59,940 new cases of melanoma in the United States, and about 8,110 people will die of the disease.” By the way, aprox. 80 % of US is vit. D deficient.
    Last edited by kathdog; 05-05-2008, 11:28 AM.

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  • runningemiles
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    I feel like it slowly started helping my energy after week two however I am on the prescription 50,000 IU a wek.

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  • Cillajane
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    Vitamin D

    The side effect I had with using 50,000 I.U.s was severe migraine headache. When I reported that to my doctor she said I was the second patient she had that had had that reaction and to stop it immediately. She instructed me to go to the drug store and buy 1,000 i.u,s and take daily. Remember in November it was dark when I went to work, I work in a basement office without windows and it was dark when I got home. So I have been trying to get outside more and I never miss a dose of Vitamin D. I can't really tell it has helped as the fibro has raised its ugly head and I am in a lot of pain any way.

    Lucia
    Lexington, KY

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  • mom_in_ma
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    I think it depends on your doc....mine are in the extremely deficient stage, but my doc said I could get d3 over the counter. I actually ordered an emulsion online as it's the most bioabsorbable and has the fewest ingredients (besides, it's only one drop of medicine - yes, one drop). The ones over the counter have either soybean oil or additives and I guess it would depend on how diet sensitive you were.

    Runningmiles, how long was it before you noticed the positive changes?

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  • runningemiles
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    As low as my levels were they called in a script.

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  • sandymarie
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    Can you get the vitamin d3 at the health food stores or do they have to be rx'ed.

    JJ

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  • runningemiles
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    I am curious at what side effects you had from the 50,000 IU a week. That is what my endocrinologist has me taking and you have SO many symptoms w/ IC that I wonder if anythign I have going on is that. He is having me take this for 3 months and then re-test and then said I would have to take somethign for the rest of my life.

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  • mom_in_ma
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    Cillajane,
    My doc originally suggested 3,000 iu daily of D3 (it's more bioavailable) than D2, but then went down to 2,000 when I said I was trying to get as much sunlight as possible.

    Have they retested your levels? My doc said that optimally I should have 40-50 ius and that even the 20 is (the lower limit is much too low). I have no idea whether or not this will help my PBS, but I clearly I am deficient.

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  • Cillajane
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    This topic is interesting. I too went in to my endo in November 2007 complaining of fatigue and of course pain. My Vitamin D level was "8", very low. However because of the side effect of the week dose of 50,000 i.u., I am taking 1,000 i.u. daily. I can't tell much difference other than my hair is thickening up but the "fibro" pain is still there. I see her again in May and will discuss.

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  • mom_in_ma
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    I just started seeing a new doctor (that I really like!) and he just tested my vitamin levels. With my last doctor, I had to fight just to get them to test my thyroid!

    Turns out I'm extremely low on Vit. d (12.8! when it should be at least 50) and low on iron and magnesium. I just started the magnesium and iron last week and will add the vit. d. this week. The vit. d alone can lead to muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, etc.

    I'm staring at 2000 iu (I think it's iu) a day of vit. d3. The doc is retesting in two months.

    It's interesting, I do feel much better on days when I've been out in the sun. Hope that's a good sign.

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  • Vicki
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    WEll, I went in and had my vit. D tested. Sure enough, it was very low. My doc called me in a weekly supplement and said to come back in three months to be re-tested. I sure hope this helps my fatigue, hairloss and my bladder.
    -Vicki

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  • purpleviolet
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    vit d recommended by naturopath

    Just went to a new naturopath who specializes in visceral manipulation (especially of the pelvis) and also takes care of a lot of aids patients trying to boost their immune. He told me the evidence is overwhelming that vit d3 is critical in protecting us from cancer, etc and that mainstream doctors do not realize levels need to be quite high - atleast 70 and up to 120 (sorry don't know what the blood test units are). He said I must get my levels tested in order to see what I need. I also just read that one would have to take about 10,000 units a day for a year to reach toxic levels. Anyone who has fibro should also research d-ribose. I think we should all do our research and take this info to our regular doctors,too. Naturopaths in the state of WA are licensed to practice medicine, but I don't think all states re ognize them. Good luck! PV

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  • Vicki
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    Originally posted by runningemiles View Post
    I have been seeing an endocrinologist trying to get my vitamin D levels up and she said no matter how long you spent in the sun it will never get it to the level it needs. Tha is kind-of an old rule of thought and she if you did spent that much time you would be dead from skin cancer. I too thought Vit. D meant getting it from sun but it really deals with a whole lot more. It really was a fluke that I found out I had this. I am taking an enormous amount once a week for the next twelve weeks and this is my fourth week and can tell a big difference. I am not so fatigued and honeslty my bladder feels better. She also said that my medication cannot absorb probably in my body and work to its full potential w/ a Vit. D deficiency. I thought that was interesting. So it has been great taking one pill a week w/ no side effects. All of us w/ IC wish we could do that and it cure us completely. I would highly recommend others getting theirs checked. Most of the symptoms of a vit. D deficiency mimic fibro. so a lot of time it is overlooked and fibro. is misdiagnosed. I will be interested to see how much of a coorelation there is to IC and Vit. D. b/c it really is just now becoming something that doctors are doing bloodwork for.
    I am taking 50,000 IU once a week, prescription.

    Hey! It has been a long time since we talked. I have wondered about the vitamin and found my bladder got better when I supplements with cod liver oil daily. So what endocrinologist are you using? I noticed it was a woman and I saw a lady endo. in Little Rock several years ago. She was really cranky and was in practice at the Little Rock Diagnostic clinic.
    I have an appointment with my GP on monday so I am going to ask him to check my vit. D levels.. It is great to know that you are doing better. Keep me posted about what you are doing regarding the vitamin D. I have been losing a lot of hair and thought it was from my patch. My gyn. thinks I need to find an endocrinologist as he is stumped. I need to find a good one to get referred to.
    On top of everything else, I am having more female trouble. I am worried that it is more than endo this time. I am trying to get in with the gynecologic oncologist next week. Honestly, this whole thing feels like a bad dream!
    I sure hope this helps you. You are so young and you really need to feel good to raise your child and even have more kids. Please do keep me posted.
    -Vicki

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  • runningemiles
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    I have been seeing an endocrinologist trying to get my vitamin D levels up and she said no matter how long you spent in the sun it will never get it to the level it needs. Tha is kind-of an old rule of thought and she if you did spent that much time you would be dead from skin cancer. I too thought Vit. D meant getting it from sun but it really deals with a whole lot more. It really was a fluke that I found out I had this. I am taking an enormous amount once a week for the next twelve weeks and this is my fourth week and can tell a big difference. I am not so fatigued and honeslty my bladder feels better. She also said that my medication cannot absorb probably in my body and work to its full potential w/ a Vit. D deficiency. I thought that was interesting. So it has been great taking one pill a week w/ no side effects. All of us w/ IC wish we could do that and it cure us completely. I would highly recommend others getting theirs checked. Most of the symptoms of a vit. D deficiency mimic fibro. so a lot of time it is overlooked and fibro. is misdiagnosed. I will be interested to see how much of a coorelation there is to IC and Vit. D. b/c it really is just now becoming something that doctors are doing bloodwork for.
    I am taking 50,000 IU once a week, prescription.

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  • suzziy
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    I've lived in Florida for almost 18 years; I don't spend a lot of time in the sun, but probably get more vitamin D from the sun than those that live up north -- and have IC symptoms -- so...I'm not convinced about the lack of Vitamin D being the culprit.

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