Going Nowhere With Vitamin D Treatment

by Tonya
(Racine, Wisconsin)

Going Nowhere with Vitamin D Treatment...

Going Nowhere with Vitamin D Treatment...

For almost 2 years now I have been taking Vitamin D 50,000 IU prescribed by my endocrinologist. My levels when initially taken were less than 4. She started me on once a week. After 8 weeks of that is was up to 9. She then told me to continue this. 8 weeks later it is 10. She then increased my dose to twice a week.

After 2 years the highest my level has gotten is 19. After not being on it for 3 weeks it dropped to 16.5.

I have fatigue, difficulty falling asleep, joint pain and infertility.

I mentioned to my MD how about trying Vitamin D3 since I am not absorbing the Vitamin D2 correctly. She said, "no lets continue this course".

She did draw labs to check for absorption issues but they were normal. I am confused and frustrated. I'm tired of paying for lab tests and medicine that is obviously not working.

Would it be safe for me to add an OTC VitD3 supplement?

As a registered nurse I have had trouble finding MD's that know a lot about Vitamin D deficiency.


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Doing the same thing...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over
and over and expecting
different results"

Author Unknown

Hi Tonya,

Unfortunately, since you have been doing the same thing for a year, and your doctor wants to 'continue the course', then by the above definition, she is insane!

There are MANY studies showing that Vitamin D3 is:

1) Less Toxic
2) Brings up Vitamin D levels better
3) Has a longer half life
4) Affects the GENES responsible for disease states better than D2

And there was an interesting (very old) study of D2 vs D3. When female rats given toxic doses of Vitamin D2- it killed them. Female rats given the same dose of D3 that were given to the rats that were given D2 and died- became pregnant instead! And your doctor OBVIOUSLY did not read the study 'The Case Against Ergocalciferol...' , but YOU should.

Anyway, yes, it is safe for you to take Vitamin D3- safer than D2 for sure. But it also takes fat and magnesium in the diet to convert vitamin D into its active form in the blood and to store it for use, so some Magnesium Supplementation and taking an Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplement could help you to absorb the Vitamin D.

Also, if you are VERY toxic, you may not be converting the Vitamin D into the active form because you need proper liver function in order to do that. And your doctor will tell you that your liver function is 'fine' if your liver ENZYMES are not elevated, but that does not tell you if you are DETOXIFYING well.

So, cleaning up your diet, getting rid of toxic cleaning products and toxic chemicals in your life and drinking clean filtered water, among other things, COULD actually help free up your liver to be able to convert vitamin D- if that is part of your problem (and I suspect that it is!).

Let me know what you think about all this!

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com

About Vitamin D3
by: Deb

My vitamin D level in late 2010 was in the low 20's.

I was so sick from RA, FMS, neuropathy both feet, A Fib began in 3-11, I had a compression fracture at T4 so I was dx with Osteoporosis on top of all of this and was told I have COPD!

I was one sick lady! My vitamin D levels today are 67 last month. I take 5000iu a day with the fat. I now will make sutre and take with magnesium too.

When I upped my magnesium the FMS pain greatly reduced!

It is a shame all the doctors I see, 5 now do not know more about suppliments. My RA doc is the only one who is interested in what I'm doing to get myself better.

I will get my Vit D levels in the 70's and hold it there.

It really has made a major difference in my life. I wonder if I had this done all those years ago would I have gotton so sick and crippled.



if vit d levels not increasing with supplements
by: Dr Bob

if you are supplementing with D3 and levels not rising you might have parathyroid disease so a PTH test and calcium monitoring would be advisable. In Parathyroid disease there is a mechanism which suppresses D3 absorption to protect the body, in these cases D34 can be harmful



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