The Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency

Shortly after Gage was born, I started having these very strange pains. They would show up without warning, but would usually go away a few minutes later. They would attack a single area: my shin, my back, my shoulder, my neck. One place at a time, and I’d usually only have an attack once every few days.

vitaminsAbout 3 months ago, the attacks got worse. They would come more frequently, last longer, and be way more intense. Not only was I dealing with the attacks on just one area of my body, but I would also have full body attacks. When a full body attack occurred, I was {am} rendered useless. Sitting down hurt. Standing up hurt. Lying down sent surges of pain through my entire body. I couldn’t do anything but sit there, rocking back and forth, and cry. Sometimes for hours. About a month ago, these pains started coming every day or every other day and were taking control.

When my husband found out what I was going through, {because I had tried so hard to hide it!}, he insisted I make an appointment with my doctor. Not being able to stand the pain any longer, I gave in.

I was terrified it was going to be expensive. With hubby’s crappy insurance, we just don’t have thousands of dollars to pour into medical tests.

A little over a week ago, I saw the doctor. She decided to do a full blood panel and see if we could draw any answers from it. Six vials of blood later, I left praying that I would soon have answers.

I got my results late last week by phone and mail. My Vitamin D levels were very low. {The report suggested it should be between 32 and 100. My level was at a 14.}

After doing some research online, I am amazed at what Vitamin D deficiency can do to a person. One website I found suggested Vitamin D deficiency to be the cause of these symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Many other symptoms….

I’ve started a daily vitamin regimen, and I am praying that I see some relief soon. What an answer to prayer it would be if the cause for my pain could be “fixed” with just a few pills every day.

Looking back, I should have caught this. After Gage was born, I found myself leaving the house less and less. And when he stopped nursing, I stopped taking my prenatal vitamins. Both of those things could very well explain the drop in my Vitamin D levels, as the timing fits perfectly.

I had no idea that a drop in Vitamin D could cause so many problems, but apparently it can. If you are struggling with any of the symptoms mentioned above, talk to your doctor immediately about what it may be.

I’ll follow up soon and let you know if taking Vitamin D helps eliminate my pain.

Do you suffer from Vitamin D deficiency? Did a vitamin regimen help you?

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This post is based on my pain and experiences with Vitamin D Deficiency. Symptom information can be found on this website: www.vitaminddeficiencyguide.com. Talk to your doctor if you think you are suffering from Vitamin D Deficiency before starting yourself on a vitamin regimen.

Angie Vinez (2872 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



Comments

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    A blood test revealed that I also was very low on Vitamin D. This surprised me because I am out in the sun at least 4 days per week for hours PLUS I have been taking Vitamin D supplements for approximately two years. My doctor gave me a prescription for Vitamin D–I will take one pill per week for four weeks and then get tested again.

    I hope that you bring your deficiency back into the proper balance.
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    Susan Bryant says:

    I have low Vit D levels & i have to take 5000 IU’s of D3 everyday!! I went through a hysterectomy at 28 & have been feeling awful lately & went in for blood work at my endocrinologist & found all my hormone levels are WAY out of whack!! So i get to start having more tests run this week! Surprisingly, my Vit D is the only thing that was normal in my complete blood panel!

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    Hello, I couldn’t find your name in your newsetter or in this post or I would address you by name. I have had vitamin D deficiencies where even with prescription strength didn’t resolve untill I started taking 5000iu a day which is available at walmart. My sister, a know it all nurse said that was too much untill I shut her up with a few articles I found on the web, one being a Houston Texas woman’s hospital study and then my own Dr. said it won’t hurt to take that amount. Having low D3 opens one up to many diseases. I have Lyme disease which I feel depleted my D3. So keep your levels up for optium health.

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    My doctor told me she sometimes has to give people massive shots of vitamin D to bring them up to normal. Mine tested OK, but I’d already started taking nearly 3000 units/day because I’d read it helps prevent osteoporosis. Having tested for osteopenia with osteoporosis in one hip, I was hoping to keep from getting any worse. My next test showed only osteopenia. So yeah, keep up with the vitamin D.
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    Here are some websites to read about Vitamin D:

    http://www.vitamindcouncil.org
    http://www.vitamindassociation.org
    http://www.vitamindwiki.com
    http://www.grassrootshealth.net

    Once you have spent as few hours you will understand why you should get your Vitamin D leveles between 40-60 ng/mL ( or 100-150 nmol/L )

    To do this you may need to take a minimum of 2,000 IU per day in summer and at least 4,000 per day in winter.

    Obese people may need to double these amounts

    A care home in Canada is giving 20,000 IU per week to all senior residents = approx 3,000 IU per day ( Raead more about this at http://www.vitamindwiki.com – search for Fraser )

    Hope that this helps

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