I also had a Vitamin D deficiency. I was put on supplementation, and that helped, but still not in the reference range. He increased it. Again, an improvement, but not enough. Increased it again! *THEN*, after nearly a year of supplementation at higher and higher levels, I finally made it into the "normal" range. I'm currently on 20000 IU daily! ack! This is even with sitting out in the sun with a book for a while several times a week. This is a totally outrageous amount of supplementation, IMO... but if it works, it works. Keep in mind this is "it works FOR *ME*". And I'm under continual monitoring for it by our endocrinologist. I certainly wouldn't recommend these levels to anybody else.
Get your healthcare provider to make regular checks of your Vitamin D levels, and then follow whatever supplementation regime s/he suggests. The sad truth is that nearly everyone is deficient in Vitamin D. It's certainly worth requesting the test when you have your next checkup.
One crucial thing to keep in mind is that the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) aren't eliminated when you have excess. They're stored, and this can be just as bad as deficiency! Don't just jump on a supplementation with *any* of these vitamins without running it past your medical team first!
In re: the muscle weakness... have you tried magnesium? That's supposed to help muscle twitches, at least. Ask your doctor.
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 7/23/2013 (19:51)
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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