We check a lot of vitamin D levels in the office (the doc I work for has been gung ho on this for yrs). The majority of people( RAD or not) are deficient in Vitamin D. It is a very good supplement for the immune system.
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I struggle with it, too,, and take over 2400IU daily now. Most of us with autoimmune disorders do. I have not seen a good explanation of why, other than that for those of us who live outside the tropics, it just isn't practical to expose enough skin all year to let us make our own D. We seem not to make it as efficiently as other people. Taking the supplements was a major first step at getting some energy back, tho it is still a struggle.
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Many people with autoimmune diseases have low Vitamin D levels. When I had mine checked a few years ago, it was 13!! That's with 33-100 being normal. They put me on Rx Vitamin D for however long (can't remember), and now I take 2,000IU/day. I am a runner, and I run in the sun all the time, for hours at a time. I don't burn, so I don't wear sunscreen. I never would have thought my Vitamin D would have been so low. I feel a lot better now that it is under control.
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I've been struggling with chronically low levels of vitamin D. ...that is despite taking 2000 iu's of it daily. My endocrinologist today told me that she is going to put me on prescription strenght megadoses...two doses a week for three weeks. Is this something that is related to my RAD? or is it from my hypothryoidism? Do any of you suffer this and do you know anything about the link?
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