My Doctor's Clueless about Vitamin D

by Terri

I'm hoping you can guide me in the right direction. My doctor seems to be afraid to give me much vitamin D. I have been struggling with a deficiency for nearly two years, with still no resolution. In the beginning, my Vitamin D level was 16 and my doctor started me on 400 IU daily of D3 (see my problem, here?).

Now, I'm up to 5000 IU daily. Now, the highest my levels have ever risen is 50, which was between the months of July and October, when I was sitting in the sun for 15 minutes each day. When the levels were last checked in October, they had fallen to 49. Past experience tells me that they are headed in the wrong direction. My doctor told me to stay on 4000 IU daily, but I took it upon myself to increase to 5000 IU.

Now, I am beginning to feel the symptoms of the deficiency once again. There is pain in my joints, severe hot flashes, constipation and anxiety, not to mention that my blood pressure is rising despite taking my medications. I am due to have levels checked again mid February.

Okay, having said all that, what do you suggest I do?

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Good for you fior thinking for yourself...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Terri,

Gosh its tough when you know more about an issue than your doctor and he just doesn't want to cooperate. I do have a couple of suggestions.

There has NEVER been a documented Overdose on Vitamin D at dosages of 10,000 IU's or less per day- even when taken for years at a time, so....

Also, it requires magnesium in order to be able to convert Vitamin D into its active form in your blood. And constipation is usually one of the Signs of Magnesium Deficiency and is NOT usually associated with Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms- although everyone is unique and you know your body better than anyone.

But you might want to try taking magnesium as outlined on the Magnesium Dosage page to see if that helps. It may help to make your conversion of Vitamin D more efficient so that you need less.

And also, be sure that you take your Vitamin D Supplements with something fatty so that the vitamin D absorbs at its most efficient.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

Taking Vitamin D With Something Fatty
by: Terri

Thanks so much for your prompt response to my earlier question. Now, here is a very dumb question for you....

When you say to, "Take vitamin D with something fatty" would taking it with, say a tablespoon of peanut butter work?

I have been taking it before dinner, after having not eaten for 5-6 hours. I guess that wasn't such a great idea!

ANSWER: It's fine to take it with dinner. Assuming that you are at least eating SOME fat- which if you are not, you should be anyway. Fat is good for you- and you NEED fat...

Concerning Magnesium
by: Terri

I have purchased Potassium and Magnesium Aspartate 250 mg. Is that a good choice for a magnesium supplement?

ANSWER: That's a good form of magnesium and it IS good to take it with some potassium too. Should be fine. Just make sure that you take it in divided doses throughout the day in order to prevent intolerance (ie: diarrhea and stomach problems).

I actually usually recommend capsules with lower doses because you can increase or decrease your dosage easier that way. But try it out and see how those work out for you. If you need a lower dose then you can always go back and get some 100 mg capsules too and find the exact right dose for you.

Best Magnesium Supplements
by: Dale K

The best Magnesium Supplements in terms of absorption and being best tolerated by the digestive tract are the following: "Albion" Magnesium from Magnesium Glycinate and available from Swanson. You can also take "Concentrace" Trace Mineral Drops or tablets as they are very high in magnesium chloride and well tolerated.(NOTE:Magnesium Chloride is EXTREMELY strong tasting and I find taking enough difficult due to its overwhelming taste). Magnesium Aspartate is not necessarily the best choice as it can irritate the nervous system causing many negative side effects.

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