I have just joined this forum and it looks great!
I have been diagnosed with Celiac for many years and been fairly gluten free since I was a kid.
Last Sept I had baby 2 (mid 30s) and as I did with baby 1 struggled with knee pain post partum. I saw my doctor and requested a vitamin D blood test and was low, I went on prescription vitamin Ds and it improved. I retested and was over the minimum amount(35), so she is not concerned (although I am breastfeeding and I have read it should be higher (50)).
I am now taking vitamin D and calcium supplements, eating a great diet and still have the following main symptoms:
one knee needs cracking often (hurts if I don't), worse in morning.
toes hurt a lot in the morning, I need to stretch them/move them for a couple of minutes before trying to walk.
groins sometimes fill awkward, every now and then one side will slightly fail me and I nearly fall (not badly just need to readjust).
Does anyone know how quickly vitamin D levels can drop again, how often I should get tested? Anything else I should get tested for? My doctor did say it is unlikely to be arthritis at my age, but there is no point testing at this stage anyway as I am breastfeeding and that would involve xrays and then nothing could be done anyway. I used to live in Australia and bone density tests were done every second year on celiacs, my doctor said here it is not done, just calcium blood tests. I do know my bones were slightly fragile (at 30 they looked more like those over a 40 year old) however I haven't had any broken bones or other issues.
After writing this, my feeling is I need to find a doctor who knows more about Celiac also!