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Probably a very long time...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Diana,

I'm so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well, but I AM glad that you got your level tested and that you actually found out that you have such severe Vitamin D deficiency.

So, two things are going on here that will likely make it a VERY long time before you feel better. First of all, while 50,000 IU's per week is the 'standard' for Vitamin D Deficiency treatment, a doctor certainly can use their judgement to use an increased dose in cases where levels are EXTREMELY low like yours.

In fact, pediatricians who treat children with rickets will often give them a one time dose of 600,000 IU's all at once!!

So, 50,000 IU's is pretty conservative and it's not likely that your level is going to come up to the Normal Vitamin D Levels in the next few months. I guarantee that you are going to STILL be shocked that your level is so low, and then you will ask your doctor if there is something wrong with you that you can't absorb vitamin D.

Then she is going to spend another couple thousand dollars on more tests because SHE probably thinks that should be enough to bring your level up too.

But it's not, you just really need a lot more.

Next, your doctor is giving you prescription Vitamin D. That is NOT the recommended supplement and doctors give it simply because they can pull out a prescription pad and you can get it filled at the pharmacy and they are used to that and so are you. But they are doing you a big disservice by doing that. Researchers state that Prescription Vitamin D Is Not Suitable for Supplementation.

So, you should consider taking Vitamin D3 Supplements instead of prescription supplements.

So, be sure to get your level checked again in 2 to 3 months and don't panic if it's still low. You'll just need to take a lot more.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

I found out the same thing
by: Anonymous

I just found out my Vitamin D level is low (10) range is 30-80. My doctor put me on supplements 50,000 I.U.'s 1 tab daily for one week then 2 tabs a week and a rechk in 2mo.

So when I go in I probably won't notice a difference??

Thank you!

Why would you not notice a difference....
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi J,

If you read the previous comment again, the previous person was only getting 50,000 IU's per WEEK, while you are getting 50,000 IU's per DAY for one week, then 100,000 IU's per week for 2 months.

Your doctor is being VERY aggressive and your levels will DEFINITELY increase unless you have some serious Vitamin D Absorption problems.

The only problem that I can see is that your doctor is giving you Prescription Vitamin D when researchers say that it is Prescription Vitamin D is Not Suitable For Supplementation.

So, you may want to consider changing to Vitamin D3 Supplements at the same dose.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

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by: Biswanath

Last year I had severe lower abdominal pain and associated back pain.As part of my investigation for my abdominal pain I my doc discovered that I had vitamin d level 21 ng/ml.Then he prescribed me with 50000 iu/week cholcalciferol fir 8 weeks and then the same dose a month for a year.But my abdominal pain persisted and quite unfortunately for me I discontinued the d3 supplement and later took antibiotic for my abdominal pain and that pain relieved.As the back pain was mild I did not notice the back pain until a month back when it was more severe and pain radiating to my left thigh when I bend to the front.Then I myself without consulting my doc took a test in a reliable lab facility and found my vit d level 17.2 ng/ml.shocked by it I have started taking 5000 iu/day for a week and then i am thinking of 5000iu/week for a 7 -8 weeks.please suggest and commend if I am doing terribly wrong or should I take any pain killer.
Btw I am 23 year male from India.

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by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Please get and read my fact sheet, as I mentioned below in the thread.

Kerri Knox, RN

Reply to Biswanath
by: Anonymous

Your story is almost exactly what I am experiencing. Our D levels are exact, I have the discomfort in my arm, back and thigh. I too am having abdominal problems and was prescribed antibiotics.

I am a 58 yr old overweight female who is very worried about my symptoms. My Dr finally checked my vitamin D and prescribed 50000 ui of D, I hope this helps me as I feel very anxious and worried over my symptoms.

I hope you are doing better now.

Vit D
by: Anonymous

My vit D levels were very low- mimicked symptoms of hypothyroid. I strarted on 50,000 iu of vit D - I felt much better within 24 hours, however, 4 days later the fatigue has returned. I think twice a week might be necessary.

lack of vitamin D
by: khurram

I got my lab test of vitamin D ...and its dangerously low as only 4 doctor prescribed me oral injection of 200000 iu once in a week and also a tablet of 400 iu daily ...and i had three weeks now ..but still my symptoms not improve ..i wana ask when my D level optimized ...and is my dose is right ....pls guide me

Feel better when your levels are normal
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune Queen

Please use the search box in the right hand corner to search for the answer to how long it will take for you to feel better. I've answered such questions multiple times on this site.

Your level is a FOUR!!! It's almost undectable. You are not going to feel better in a couple of weeks. It might take you up to 6 months or longer to feel better.

And you may need FAR FAR more Vitamin D than you have received. It's not about how MUCH Vitamin D you have received, it's about what your LEVELS are, and how long those levels have been up.

For some people, it will take MONTHS to build their levels up to normal, and many more months to feel better once their levels have stabilized to normal. YOu've probably been deficient for years or decades. You can't expect a decades long problem to resolve in 3 weeks. Nutrients are not drugs. They do not work instantaneously.

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