my rhuemy tests for D. I've been taking 1000IU in pill form, plus ^00 IU each morn and eve as part of another pill, multivitamin or calcium supplement. Apparently that is not enough, as I've been losing bone mass. So I'm supposed to take 3000IU in separate pills now, plus the other multi pill content, to avoid taking Fosanex for bone loss. Low D is almost a given with autoimmune. Raising D levels can help reduce symptoms, such as low energy, as well as protect your bones. Be glad you have a watchful doc! God Bless!
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Hello y’all Oh yes, last year this year the year before that. I was on 2,000IUs daily then bumped to 5k IUs and maintain this daily. My source is clean pharmaceutical processed and my last test in Aug 2012 is good. The extra is necessary. Mine is taken daily with food and my dose still remains that high. The testing was almost quarterly now better test scores are monitoring my good progress since many other hormones also in a panel are returning to sound numbers. Common sources are poorly absorbed and every one is different so the number may ride high but the amount of the supplement is not staying in you or… the body is so depleted a larger amount is wanted for gradual creation of a fresh reserve stock pile. I do not get 10 minutes of sun as a habit and exercise is seriously restricted thus the need for supplementation. When I was a life guard or an avid gardener this practice was not needed. I use a D3 and it combined with other supplements recreates a better balance than just attempts to get enough sunshine. And Yes MIZ is right autoimmune conditions or under functioning of another organ may require help to prevent damage not wait until fever or infection get a chance to set in. I take my “D3” with vitamin “E” omega 3 that has been molecularly distilled to cut out the bad heavy metals in the original fish.
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Thankfully in most states you can order your labwork yourself online.
Vitamin D council has an at home test, which you have to mail in to get results. You also have to be able to prick yourself with a pre-loaded lancet, very similar to what diabetics have to do on a daily basis... and squeeze out the blood onto a blotter.
No doctor/lab visit, no exposure to ill and infectious patients in the waiting room. Its about $65.
It seems as though 5000 IU is the dose necessary for MOST of us with this problem to get to where we need to be and maintain it.
Little Wind... I'm thinking that your doctor is cautious with the dose of D, because 5000 IU is so much higher than the RDA . D is an oil solable vitamin, which means it can be retained in the liver and fatty tissues to toxic levels. But for some 5000IU is what we need just to have normal levels of D.
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I too take 5000 IU a day but not sure how long I have been doing this but it has to be about 4-5 years and I have not been checked but with my problems it seems that I am deficient in those areas
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I haven't got my test results back yet but I had complete panels done on Thursday and I will get results on Next Friday. I take Vitamin D 5,000 IU daily and I have for 2.5 years at least now. Now a lot of Insurance Companies aren't covering the Vitamin D blood test!! Why??? I can't figure it out. It is a lot cheaper than dealing with an auto-immune sick people. It doesn't sense to me???
Lots of people have low D this time of year, when we aren't out in the sun, and the sun we're out in, isn't strong enough to make it in our skin.
If you have an autoimmune thyroid problem, its really difficult to keep your D within recommended levels, I've heard the same is true with other autoimmune diseases like diabetes.
I have to take 5000 IU of D3 every day to stay in range. Same is true for many on my Thyroid Community Team, its one of the first things we ask... if they've had their Vitamin D (and B12/folic acid) levels checked.
So you're definitely not alone with this problem. : ) Mzzchief
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On Tuesday, My doc's office called to to say he wants to see me to discuss some test results. I hate it that I have to bother my BIL to take me to his office (why can't he just tell me the results on the phone?) but luckily said BIL was able to rearrange his schedule and I went yesterday. Apparently my Vitamin D level is very very low and the lowest it has ever been.
So he asked me how much I was taking -- 2000 IU How long have I been taking this amount -- a couple of years now. I had been taking 5000 IU but he reduced it when I first started seeing him. Why so high (the 5000 IU) -- because that is what I former doctor had me on. How long was I taking that amount -- at least a couple of years.
So after all the talking, he has upped it to 3000 IU daily and I have to go back to have it retested at the end of March.
Does anyone else have thier vitamin D tested regularily? Are you taking suppliments? If so, how much do you take?
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