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Old 03-14-2013, 02:14 AM
 
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I recently saw my doctor to discuss my fatigue issues. I've struggled with low energy from a very young age...I can't really remember a time when I felt 'bright eyed and bushy tailed.'

In the past I mentioned this to a doctor who drew blood and found I had low levels of DHA. They put me on a testosterone supplement. It made no difference in my energy levels, but did give me some unpleasant side effects.

My current doctor tested my thyroid (which was normal) and also looked at my Vitamin D levels, which were low (I'm not sure how low, I see her next week to discuss it.) On a side note, I mentioned this to my pain doctor. I see her for ongoing issues with muscle spasm and pain in my shoulder. She said people with low Vitamin D levels report higher levels of pain overall...I thought that was interesting.

Has anyone here been found to have low Vit D levels and if so, did you notice a big difference after supplementing it? Could it really be that simple?
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:19 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Yep I to have low D. But you just can't take D alone. Talk to your Dr for the correct dose.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Yes, when I had blood work done, I was tested for Vitamin D, which tested low. Per my doctor's recommendation, I started taking an over-the-counter supplementation--four tiny little capsules, adding up to 4000 IU of Vitamin D-3. After 6 mos., my D levels now test normal.

And yes, in answer to your question, most of my assorted, annoying muscular aches seem to have gone away. Never thought that might be due to raising low D level to normal range...thanks for sharing that information.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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People spend too much time indoors these days and don't get enough sun. Get up, go to work, then just stay indoors when they get home. Millions of people live in areas with dreary and cold weather during the winter, so it only adds to their lack of sunlight exposure.

In the end, we're all sort of mini-supermans that need sunlight without the use of sunscreen!
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:26 PM
 
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People spend too much time indoors these days and don't get enough sun. Get up, go to work, then just stay indoors when they get home. Millions of people live in areas with dreary and cold weather during the winter, so it only adds to their lack of sunlight exposure.

In the end, we're all sort of mini-supermans that need sunlight without the use of sunscreen!

Thing is, that's not true for me, and certainly wasn't true as a child when I still had this problem with chronic low energy. My mom kicked me outside in the early morning and I stayed out until after dark. These days I don't get quite so much exposure, but I do walk about an hour outside daily...and I don't wear sunscreen (mostly because I hate the feel of it.) So I was surprised when the test results came back low!
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've got it. I figured it was tied to my thyroid issues. I can't say I've noticed a difference, but then again, I've got other issues!
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Yes, my mom, me, my MIL and several friends are low in D. We live on LI and my doctor said it's because we don't get enough sunshine which I think is BS. I should be taking Vitamin D but haven't yet. I found out 1 year ago.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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This was my second winter having to take prescription vitamin D supplement due to low levels. I'm not sure why it runs low. I did not feel any different after supplementing it and raising the level.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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A lot women seem to have low D levels. When I lived near Sacramento, my doctor had mine checked when he did a routine blood panel, and my levels were far below level. That part of the country is non-stop sunshine for months in the summer, and I'm very active outdoors, and not good about using sunscreen except on my face. So sun exposure wasn't my problem.

I have to take prescription strength 50,000 IU capsules once a week to barely nudge my levels into the normal range. Overdoses of D can be quite harmful, so you need to have your levels checked regularly if you supplement.

I never noticed any difference in how I felt (probably because I felt fine), but since D is needed for calcium absorption, I'm glad I found out, as I don't want frail bones later in life.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:11 PM
 
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I knew someone many years ago that had a Vitamin D or maybe it was B definicy (sp). His was due to him being a strict vegetarian, a raw foodist I think. Though he didn't want to believe it or talk about his food issues, but that could be the issue.
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