Vitamin D Deficiency - treatment dosage advice
I recently went to my doctor because I had almost constant pain in my bones/muscles. The pain levels had been slowly building for a number of years and I initially ignored it and put it down to 'getting older'. However I'm still only 39 and the pain has now grown to unmanageable levels - it is affecting my thinking, energy levels and the ability to carry out my job.
I have a demanding indoor office job and live in the Netherlands (not exactly the sun capital of Europe].
Thankfully one of the first tests my doctor asked for was a vitamin D test. The result was 28 nmol/L (which I think is about 11 ng/ml). It's not as low as some people have mentioned on this site but still a cause for concern.
While I was thankful that my doctor considered the vitamin test at the outset I was less than enamoured by a general lack of follow-up.
In my last appointment to discuss the results of all my recent test results (my Asthma has been particularly bad of late as well) she suggested that I take a 'higher than normal' amount of vitamin D and get as much sunshine as possible! She also mentioned that the best form of vitamin D to take was over the counter supplements as opposed to prescription drugs. She told me to take note of the amount of vitamin D I take and she made arrangements for me to take another blood test in three months time.
Whilst this is overall good advice I'm not happy to self-medicate, a 'higher than normal' dose could mean anything! From reading your site some people take very large amounts of vitamin D (50,000 IU per week), but without specific advice from my doctor I would be wary of starting such a course. I was thinking of ordering 5,000 IU supplements and taking one per day.
Do you feel that this is a suitable approach to Vitamin D Deficiency Treatment