Does Vitamin D therapy Cause aches & pains?
My baby Caleb
Since taking higher doses of vitamin D 8wks ago when I was diagnosed vitamin D deficient with a level of 27 ng/ml.
Note: I was deficient while i was pregnant & the 13 months while I breastfed my son. He would barely eat anything during that time except breastmilk.
I was diagnosed vitamin D deficient 3 months after stopping breastfeeding and I was already having some bone pain in my lower spine, teeth sensitivity, & A little mild pain in other areas but nothing extreme during the time I breastfed except for the lower spine pain off & on.
About the 2nd or 3rd week after starting the vitamin D therapy I have been having all kind new bone pain in other places I never even had pain before. Plus little muscle spasms once in a while & I'm a little fatigued at times.
Note that I never had these before the vitamin D therapy. Also at times I feel like in the area where my liver & kidneys sometime feel achy.
Its been 7 wks now the bone pain now isn't as bad as it was at the beginning of the vitamin D therapy. I read the information below on another forum. Do you think this information is accurate? Is the bone pain the calcium coming back into the bones? The comments below are from another Vitamin D forum and does not necessarily reflect the views of Easy Immune Health
:"I spoke to Dr Michael Holick, leading Vitamin D expert in the world and author of numerous papers on Vitamin D
Dr. Holick Vitamin D Review
Summary of few things from our conversation:
*** 6 years of research have helped him successfully treat Vitamin D deficiency in his patients with 50000 iu weekly for 6 weeks and then 50,000 iu maintenance dose every two weeks thereafter forever.
*** Vitamin D treatment is known to initially aggravate bone pain and cause other side effects but bone pain and weakness should improve over time
*** Target blood levels for Vitamin D should be between 40-60 and that can be accomplished with the treatment doses he suggested
I spoke to
another leading endocrinologist specializing in Vitamin D as well and he said he has successfully treated patients with 50000 iu weekly for 6 weeks and then 5000 iu maintenance dose daily thereafter forever.
Posted by: fgg | December 5, 2008 11:58 PM
Addendum to my previous post:
For anyone with Vitamin D deficiency, here is my recommendations based on my experience and talking to experts:
1. Talk to your Physician about following treatment method suggested by Michael Hollick in previous post: 50000 iu weekly for 6 weeks followed by 50000 iu every two weeks thereafter
2. After the first 6 weeks of above recommended treatment, recheck Vitamin D levels again. If not normal, recheck again after another 6 weeks. If it does not correct by then, see ONLY an endocrinologist who is an expert in Vitamin D deficiency - not all of them are and Vitamin D deficiency is serious enough to leave unsuccessfully treated for too long.
3. If above treatment is successful, then develop a plan to check Vitamin D levels periodically as agreed by you and your doctor.
4. Also, make sure you are not consuming too much calcium (but do consume about 1200 iu of calcium or so as recomended by your physician) as consuming so much Vitamin D and excessive calcium at same time may lead to calcification of organs, kidney stones and the like.
5. Vitamin D treatment initially replaces lost calcium from bones - so early during treatment you will notice lots of bone pain depending on how much bone calcium you lost that is being replaced (if you have vitamin d deficiency when you are pregnant or lactating, you will lose more calcium from your bones as the bones are the body's calcium store and they are used as a last resort if dietary calcium is not made available due to vitamin d deficiency - vitamin d helps in absorbing dietary calcium, with deficiency, this won't happen and so bone calcium is used up)
6. Vitamin D deficiency is serious and can trigger all kinds of disorders and illness - so please consult with someone who is an expert and get it corrected soon"