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Date: 10/10/13 8:02 PM

I have been taking Vitamin D for the last few years trying to get to the "magic" number of 50. In 4/12 when last checked it was 48 so I increased my dose to 5000 units daily. I have been having worsening fatigue & achy-ness over the last year so finally made a followup appt & rechecked labs as I think there is a relationship between pain & low vitamin D levels & probably low serotonin levels Increasing the vitamin D level closer to normal made a huge difference in at least 2 people I know to be bipolar/chemically imbalanced.
Over the last few months, I have taken an extra dose or two just because I wasn't feeling well & borderline depressed ( a different type of depression than before I started on a low carb diet & got blood sugars back under control.) I have averaged 40-45,000 units weekly for that time & also some time in the garden.
My vitamin D level drawn Mon was 28. The doctor placed me on 50,000 units 2x weekly & 2000 units daily with a recheck in 3 months to see if we can refill my Vitamin D level.
Thyroid levels were also on the very low side of normal T3,T4, reverse T3& reverse T4. TSH was in the middle of normal. The doctor said that could also affect the vitamin D level. She is confering with my Pharm D on increasing the levo/lio supplement.---thank goodness, I am tired of been excessively tired all the time. At least it is not as bad as before I started thyroid supplementation. I had difficulty with doing anything for more than an hour without a long rest, forget attempting anything outside in the garden or canning.
Hopefully, this will help someone else.

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Date: 10/10/13 8:07 PM

You sound like you are being proactive in your health, and for that I commend you. Have you had your serotonin level checked? You might be a candidate for 5-HTP. The body doesn't manufacture it, but it's taken from substances that do. It's a simple blood test, much like your Vitamin D would show. Ask your doctor.

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Date: 10/10/13 8:16 PM

I'll wait on that one. I am not really depressed or down, just no energy at present. However, I will keep it in mind when I am telling everyone to get their vitamin D levels checked. A Coworker was saying today hers was down to 15 but I am not sure how much, if any, vitamin D she was taking. I felt mine would be lower due to the achiness & frequent viruses I have been getting, just was not expecting a 20pt drop. I expect the stress from all the smoke the end of August did not help. Everyone at work was feeling lousy too.

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Date: 10/10/13 8:24 PM

I take 4000 units a day and when it is cloudy and rainy for a few days, I up it to 6000. My dh thinks I should take a lot less. If I forget for a couple of days, I get very sad and want to cry. Back to the higher dose and I am better in a couple of days. My body just needs the stuff. I do feel much better when I take more of it.

Some of us need a little help from vitamins.

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Date: 10/10/13 8:34 PM

At the rate I am going, if I were in WA, I would need closer to 10,000 units baseline.
Have you had your Vitamin D level checked in the last year?

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Date: 10/10/13 8:34 PM

I've been taking quite a bit more D3 the last year or so and I think it has really helped my immune system. I've had the levels checked a couple times over the past 9 months and at one point I actually cut back the amount/day due to the high levels.

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Date: 10/10/13 8:38 PM

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I've been taking quite a bit more D3 the last year or so and I think it has really helped my immune system.
Bingo. When the body is happy, so is the immune system.

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Date: 10/10/13 8:39 PM

My level used to be fine but my doctor retested it last month and now it is below normal, even though I haven't changed the dose of supplement. So I'd add, don't just get tested once, get tested occasionally because the level can change.

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Date: 10/10/13 8:49 PM

Absolutely!! It was quite amazing to find mine was as low as it was. I meet a lot of people who think 400-800 units daily is enough.

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Date: 10/10/13 10:32 PM

It's a good idea to get vitamin D levels checked, particularly if older. Older people don't get as much sun as they should, but also the body doesn't absorb vitamin D as easily when older.

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