Vitamin D deficiency Experts?

by CS

I am a 62 year old Caucasian female who has suffered from severe chronic PAIN for over 30 years.

My doc ordered a Vitamin D test from California & the results are extremely LOW at only 6. My calcium level however was a little high & my potassium level is high-- can this be related to my low vitamin D level?

A rheumatologist diagnosed me with fibromyalgia 25 years ago. Now "all doc's" attribute most of my newer symptoms to "it's just your fibromyalgia"-- I now wonder IF my pain is & or "always" may have been due to the very low vitamin D level?

I now have more than just severe muscle pain -- I now also have bone pain along with regular sleeping issues & I am constantly fatiqued with some depression. I now ride a scooter at work because of the PAIN in standing (especially in one place) & my lack of stamina & energy. My ankles are both swollen but my podiatist says that is "just" your plantar fasciitis (very painful). Can pain perception be worse from vitamin d deficiency?

After recent tests a cardiologist ordered me to have an angioplasty next week & I also have atypical chest pain. Since I went into anaphlactic shock from IVP iodine contrast dye years ago -- I am now very scared because I don't want to have bypass surgery in lieu of "just" angioplasty. What if any cardiology problems can low vitamin D cause? FYI: I also have high cholesterol & high blood pressure.

My doc only put me on a daily dose of 1,000 IU of vitamin D3--- from what I read that seems way too low for a female with only a level of 6. Is that too low?

Your time, understanding & email answer is greatly appreciated. I intend to tell all my friends about your site & to have their vitamin D levels checked.

Thank you SOOOO much!

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Your doctors are CLUELESS....
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi CS,

I am SOOO sorry that you have been having such a terrible time. And YES, all of your instincts about the vitamin d and your pain are correct. Be sure to read my Vitamin D and Pain page and be sure to print out the SPECIAL REPORT on Vitamin D and Pain that you get when you confirm your subscription to the Easy Immune Health Newsletter.

There is a LOT of research on Vitamin d and pain and it is CRIMINAL, in my opinion, that someone can be diagnosed with "Fibromyalgia" without 'ruling out' vitamin d deficiency first and taking care of that. Please read about my opinion of The Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.

Anytime doctors name something a 'Syndrome' or 'Idiopathic'- many people call it Fibromyalgia Syndrome- it is a complete failure to find the cause. It means, you feel this way and we don't know why, but we're not going to look any more- sorry, too bad for you.

And look, years later, they are now finding a possible cause of your Fibromyalgia that they should have looked for years ago! Very sad.

So, for a Vitamin D level of 6- 1000 IU's per day is totally and completely RIDICULOUS!! I can't believe that they would even suggest such a low dose. That is certainly NOT the 'Standard of Care' that your docs should be following. Read the Vitamin D Treatment page and you'll see that you should be getting AT LEAST 7000 IU's (50,000 IU's per week)- and actually, it would be FAR SAFER and much more therapeutic for you to get 100,000 IU's per week since you are SOOOO symptomatic and in such pain.

But I doubt that Vitamin D deficiency is your ONLY problem... (continued below)

Vitamin D Continued....
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

(continued from above)...

I also HIGHLY suspect that some of your pain, fatigue and sleeping issues- as well as your chest pain and high blood pressure are all Signs of Magnesium Deficiency!! And that is EVEN IF your Magnesium Levels are completely normal!!

I also suspect that you either have Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity. And there is no good testing for that either unfortunately, except for you to try it out.

OH!! IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT!!! Oh, I noticed that you said that you had a high Calcium Level. Have you had your parathyroid hormone levels checked? If you have not, you need to INSIST upon that. And DON'T TAKE ANY VITAMIN D until you first have Parathyroid Disease Ruled out!!

You CANNOT TAKE high dose vitamin d if you have Parathyroid disease. This is VERY VERY IMPORTANT!! Parathyroid Disease is one of the VERY FEW Vitamin D Contraindications.

So, PLEASE PLEASE write back and let me know what your:

Calcium Level is

and your

Parathyroid Hormone level.

If you have undiagnosed parathyroid disease, then that could ALSO be causing a lot of your pain and fatigue- and it is actually a CAUSE of low Vitamin D levels!!!

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

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