diagnosed vitamin D level at 12.. 3 months ago - feel so unwell

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Please can someone help - any advice ? Been taking vit D tabs for 3 months - i still feel so unwell - can t relax - have aches and pains - can t go out feel so lethargic and have a feeling of feeling soo ill ... ie flu - virus can t be specific ... every day now ...initially these symptons were very slight ,,, approx 2 yrs ago perhaps once in 6 months ... gradually more frequent... now it s taken over my life - at first i avoided going to doctors because i can t really pin point specfic symptons .I have border lne thyroid ...also ...but doctors don t seem to bothered about this ...i have visited doctors numerous times for help ... but now they concluded i have anxiety and depression ... i may have developed nxiety due to unability to find a correct diagnosis but  i reject depression label i was also encouraged to take anti depressives ... i m at a loss what to do ... please help ...


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    12 means borderline deficient, I think...so supplementing should bring more relief to you than it has so far... Google the amounts to take and be sure you're adding enough. Also, have you been tested for other deficiencies?  How is your B12, Iron, etc.?

    If you don't recognize generalized anxiety and depression in yourself, then keep going in search of an answer. You didn't state your age - could this be hormonal? Thyroid-related? Auto-immune? 

    You mentioned feeling flu-like. With your low Vitamin D, there's a possibility that you are more suseptible to having the Flu. Maybe you contract mild cases here and there?

    It's possible that you need more testing to find a cause - if everything is borderline (D, Thyroid...) then you're running near-empty and that's not good. If it's something systemic, then it explains most/all of what you're feeling at once. I wish you luck and better health!

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      Thank you for your kind reply aveline - i will certainly follow up the

      various options you have mentioned ...

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    Hey, same! After finally being diagnosed with vit D deficiency/osteomalacia after years of pain and fatigue, my doctor has also now written me off as depressed as I have failed to get better quickly enough to satisfy him 6 months post diagnosis. I too have a wonky thyroid, but thyroxine hasn't made a jot of difference to how I feel although TSH is now in the normal range. The doctor has agreed to retest my vitamin D as he thinks it has become low again (I've been taking 35k IU/wk since finishing the high dose supplement in mid May, but whatever). 

    Professor Michael Holick, a world expert on vitamin D and its effects, says that it can take up to a year to reverse the osteomalacia caused by vitamin D deficiency, unlike UK doctors, who have been told it takes 3 - 6 months. You can find his web page and several informative lectures online.

    I can only suggest you hold tight - Rome wasn't built in a day and rebuilding your skeleton won't happen overnight either. What is more, lots of people complain of increased bone pain when taking the high dose vit D and/or calcium. It was that way for me. Not sure why - perhaps something to do with rapid remineralisation of the bones?  

    Hang on in there. Ask to have your vit D levels rechecked to see if you're in the normal range yet, and keep taking a supplement/getting out into any late summer sunshine. If you read the other vitamin D deficiency boards you will see that most people don't bounce back for many months, so you need to keep looking after yourself. 

    All best wishes that you feel better soon.


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      Thank you for your input ... i will certainly check all the points you mentioned - i hope you too will feel better ..


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    Vitamin D levels of 12 = severe deficiency. You need to be taking at least 10,000 IU a day. Your anxiety and depression will be a cause of being deficient in vitamin D as it affects mood and the brain as well as everything else. I suggest you see your GP and ask him/her to increase your supplements to 10,000 IU a day and to do another blood test in 6 weeks to check your levels are rising... If they are not, then you need to be referred to a specialist and to have a high dose vitamin D2 injection.

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