vitamin d deficiency and mood swings

(Kansas City)

My doctor wanted to put me on an antidepressant, but I convinced him to do a blood work to see if I had any vitamin deficiencies. It turns out my Vitamin D Level is 6 ng/ml.

I've been taking the Prescription Vitamin D every Monday and Thursday for a month now and I am seeing a pattern.

On Sundays and Wednesdays I get very angry and stay that way all day. The following morning I take my vitamin and I'm okay again for the next couple of days. I am concerned because I am not an angry or violent person, but on the days before I am scheduled to take the vitamins I feel increasingly angry.

Is there a way that I can smooth out this roller coaster? And how do I broach the subject with my doctor about switching from Prescription Vitamin D to D3?

Thank you.

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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

So, I'm not sure why you would get such mood swings except that you really need that vitamin d.

So, my suggestion, as you are pointing out, would be to switch from Prescription Vitamin D to Vitamin D3 Supplements at approximately the same dosage, but take it DAILY- which would end up being about 15,000 IU's daily.

I would also suggest that you read the Vitamin D Side Effects page and see why you probably want to consider also taking magnesium, as outlined on my Magnesium Dosage page, in order to avoid any side effects from the vitamin d depleting your magnesium.

And about your doctor and vitamin d3- that is a problem. So, you need to decide whether you want your doctor's PERMISSION to take vitamin d3 or do you simply want his COOPERATION to help you further your goals of getting well?

Either way, I would suggest that you download AND PRINT OUT a copy of the study The Case Against Ergocalciferol, sit down with a highlighter pen and highlight any of the important points about why vitamin d3 is superior to d2.

Then, make your decision. You have the right to make your own medical decisions- and with this paper read, you now know more than your doctor about vitamin d2 vs vitamin d3- and getting his opinion on the subject is worthless because he knows less than you about it (as evidenced by him prescribing you vitamin d).

So, if you feel that the evidence suggests strongly enough that you should switch, then do so- you will have to pay for your supplements out of pocket and they will not be covered by insurance, so you don't 'need' your doctor to help you to do this.

Then the next time that you see him, in order to get his cooperation and to educate him to help his future patients, take the Case Against Ergocalciferol with your highlight marks on it and give it to him and say,

"Oh, by the way- I found this study on the internet that shows that D3 is superior. And many other studies and researchers concur that D3 is the recommended form, so I decided to switch and began taking D3 a month ago and wanted to let you know. Here's the research study in case you were not aware of this."

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

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