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Vitamin D deficiency?

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After I had positive blood tests for celiac at the start of the year the docs also discovered I had extremely low vitamin D and high parathyroid. At the time I was having major issues with dizziness and leg pain. They put me on high dose vitamin D but didn't give me a maintainance dose afterwards and within weeks of the course finishing it had dropped right back down. After a second high dose my bloods were all normal and they told me just to take a one a day over the counter supplement. Fast forward 4 months and I'm back to having severe dizziness and leg pain. I'm desperately trying to figure out what's causing it and am wondering if the tiny dose of vitamin d I'm now taking might not be enough. Docs say I won't even have my levels tested again for a year since they were normal the last time and I'm pretty strictly gluten free so in theory I should be absorbing it better now but maybe it's not been long enough for my gut to heal yet? I've been at the doctors non stop the last month or so with other non-related symptoms and I really don't want to go back with this but the dizziness is getting to the debilitating stage again. 

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Hi Kam,

I have the same issue as far as vitamin D goes.  Low for years.  I take 5000 IUs daily now.  You can also try eating oily fish like mackeral, sardines, salmon and tuna.  They have some vitamin D in them.

If your dizziness is that bad, it is worth a trip to the doctor.  Have you tried taking B vitamins?

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I am also low in vitamin d...after researching it a bit more I realized not only how important it truly is, but also how having an autoimmune condition can impact how you absorb it. I have been taking liquid vitamin d drops under my tongue. Purchased on amazon if you are interested. I also read how tanning beds are a great way to get in your daily fill. I don't have the time/finances to go to a salon that often but it's something to keep in mind...after all it's the closest thing to the real deal ...though nothing can beat sunshine. I haven't tried this either but read that vitamin d should always be taken with magesium...apparently it helps you absorb it more easily...? Good luck to you. Be well!

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Hello I had vitamin D deficiency years back and maintain my levels by taking a daily D3 supplement. I suspect I was vitamin D deficient before I was tested. My most recent test in July told me my levels are good and to maintain the dosage I currently take.

Your Dr. said take one a day you didn't share what strength/IU they suggested as your maintenance dose. If you are concerned it is not enough you can discuss the issue with the Dr. There is a range based on health and your levels for an adult anywhere from 600 IU up to 10,000 IU daily based on the person.The upper level limit for adults is 10,000 IU a day , this means do not go above 10,000 IU a day.

Here is a link that you may find helpful to read and useful to open a dialog with the current Dr. or a future one. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/744128#vp_2

Certain health issues like Celiac etc. may require a higher daily maintenance dose.  A liquid form maybe needed in some people especially if they have absorption issues. 

I hope this information is helpful in opening a dialogue with your doctor and advocating for yourself.  I have sat in lectures presented by vitamin D experts and researchers taking copious notes given my science background and past experience in the supplement industry as well as a former vitamin D deficient person. So while your Dr. has your test results you can read books and research articles more in depth to open that dialogue with your Dr. to address your concerns that you are not obtaining enough. If the Dr. does not want to be collaborative with you on this  you may have to take the other posters advice and find one who is more approachable and consultative. It is a frustrating experience that many of us have had. I wish you luck.

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On November 24, 2016 at 8:05 PM, lacey said:

I am also low in vitamin d...after researching it a bit more I realized not only how important it truly is, but also how having an autoimmune condition can impact how you absorb it. I have been taking liquid vitamin d drops under my tongue. Purchased on amazon if you are interested. I also read how tanning beds are a great way to get in your daily fill. I don't have the time/finances to go to a salon that often but it's something to keep in mind...after all it's the closest thing to the real deal ...though nothing can beat sunshine. I haven't tried this either but read that vitamin d should always be taken with magesium...apparently it helps you absorb it more easily...? Good luck to you. Be well!

I have watched one of my best friends die within six months of her Melanoma diagnosis.  She left behind a husband and two young children.    Now, a family member has been diagnosed with Melanoma Cancer.  Back in my day, there was no sunscreen.  No suggestions of covering up.  Please use caution when exposing your skin to tanning beds.  Read comments from those teens and 20 years now dealing with it on Melanoma websites.  It is more likely safer to consume Vitamin D and have a small amount of sun daily.  

BTW, i am not deficient (and never have been) with Vitamin D.  I do live in Sunny California though.    The take away -- not all celiacs need Vitamin D supplementation.  Have your doctors check your level first.  

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