10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Fatigue, joint pain, low bone density, and weight gain: These and other ailments could be vitamin D deficiency symptoms that you can treat and even reverse.

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Long-term use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) is associated with vitamin D deficiency symptoms, even in sub-tropical countries, according to a study at the University of Malaya.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] Here are 10 signs you’re not getting enough vitamin D:

  1. Depression or anxiety
  2. Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
  3. Fatigue and generalized weakness
  4. Muscle cramps and weakness
  5. Joint pain (most noticeable in the back and knees)
  6. Blood sugar issues
  7. Low immunity
  8. Low calcium levels in the blood
  9. Mood changes and irritability
  10. Weight gain

Other symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include exhaustion and decreased endurance; impaired wound healing (click here); and spasms in the muscles of the hands and feet.

What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms?

These are the most common causes of vitamin D deficiency symptoms:

  1. Inadequate exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is unlike any other vitamin because it is a “pro-hormone” produced in the skin with sunlight exposure. In particular, the sun is the main source of vitamin D3, a type of vitamin D that increases levels of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain called dopamine and serotonin. (Deficient levels of either of these neurochemicals can be an underlying cause of depression.) Therefore a lack of exposure to the sun or extended periods of time spent indoors can lead to vitamin D deficiency symptoms.
  2. Getting a lack vitamin D from your food. Although the sun’s rays are the primary source of vitamin D, the nutrient can also be found in foods such as fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel and cod), oysters, shrimp, beef liver and eggs.
  3. Age. As you age, your kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form, calcitriol, which can lead to a deficiency.
  4. Digestive Issues. Problems in the digestive tract can cause inadequate absorption of vitamin D.
  5. Obesity (Body Mass Index greater than 30). Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells. The more fat in the body, the less vitamin D is released into the circulation.
  6. Kidney or liver disease. Kidney and liver diseases can impair vitamin D conversion to its active form.

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms: Why They Matter

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms in women and men, if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems, including:

Vitamin D Deficiency Testing

A 25-hydroxy vitamin D text (or 25(OH)D text) is usually measured in nanograms per milliliter, or ng/mL. But even after a test, things can get murky. Why? Because there’s debate among experts as to what blood level results are “deficient” and what levels are “insufficient.”

Most would agree that a vitamin D level lower than 10 ng/mL signals a deficiency.

  • Some—like the Institute of Medicine—put the threshold at 12.5 ng/mL.
  • Others—like the Endocrine Society—have recommended that vitamin D levels be at least 30 ng/mL, and that optimally, levels should sit in the range of 40 to 60 ng/mL.

Integrative doctors, as we discuss later in this post, may recommend higher levels—between 50 ng/mL and 70 ng/mL.

What’s the Right Vitamin D Level?

Your health, age, and lifestyle may affect what your ideal level should be; your physician will point you in the right direction. But ultimately, the most commonly accepted range for “adequate” vitamin D levels is 30 to 39 ng/mL, while the most commonly recommended “optimal” range is 40 to 49 ng/ML. (See chart below.)

vitamin d levels chart

The so-called 25-hydroxy vitamin D test—or 25(OH)D
test—provides vitamin D blood level results in nanograms
per milliliter (ng/mL). You’ll find a variety of opinions as
to vitamin D levels, but the most commonly accepted
“adequate” and “optimal” ranges are 30 to 39 ng/mL and
40 to 59 ng/mL, respectively

Low Vitamin D Treatment

Signs of low vitamin D can be reversed using inexpensive natural remedies:

  • Go out into the sun. Recommended sunlight exposure should be from 10 to 30 minutes per day. This is a great way of obtaining vitamin D3 and reversing vitamin D3 deficiency symptoms and, of course, it’s very cost effective!
  • If getting out in the sun is not an option for you, consider sitting in front of a light box that supplies 10,000 lux of full-spectrum light for 30 minutes every morning. This is an especially good option for winter months, for night shift workers, and for those who live in the upper latitudes where the angle of the sun’s rays do not permit complete production of vitamin D.
  • Take supplements. For the vast majority of people who want to get their vitamin D levels consistently up above 50 ng/mL, supplementation is the easiest, safest, and most effective way to do so. Adults can take vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in regular capsule form at levels between 1,000 IU and 5,000 IU daily. Note: Children should NOT take extra vitamin D supplements without consulting a family doctor or pediatrician.
  • Take the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test again. After a couple of months of supplementation, run the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test (by either your doctor or yourself directly) again, and adjust your D3 intake accordingly.

Vitamin D’s Link to Depression, Anxiety: A Closer Look

It’s No. 1 on the list above that we’ll examine more closely here. After all, the link between depression and vitamin D deficiency symptoms has long been established in both children and adults.

Vitamin D is available in two different forms—D3 and D2. Research has shown that the connection between vitamin D and depression relief is linked to the D3 form—the same form of vitamin D that’s obtained through sunlight. Scientists have found that people with low vitamin D symptoms are 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who had normal levels.[2]

Vitamin D deficiency is actually more the norm than the exception, and has previously been implicated in both psychiatric and neurological disorders. Why? There are vitamin D receptors in the brain, and the vitamin may affect proteins in the brain known to play a role in mood, learning and memory, motor control, and possibly even maternal and social behavior.[3]

There may be more to your depression, of course, than low vitamin D levels. Other causes of depression include poor adrenal function (adrenal fatigue), neurotransmitter imbalance (serotonin and dopamine, for example), sex hormone imbalance (estrogen, testosterone), environmental factors, or other nutrient deficiencies (magnesium, for instance, and omega-3s). But it makes sense to explore whether or not vitamin D is contributing to depression.

A study conducted by Boston University researchers revealed that vitamin D deficiency actually affects your DNA: “Any improvement in vitamin D status will significantly affect expression of genes that have a wide variety of biologic functions of more than 160 pathways linked to cancer, autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular disease.”[2]


This article was originally published in 2013 and is regularly updated.

[1] JAMA, Nov. 14, 2012; 308(18).
[2] PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e58725.
[3] American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, December 2006; 14(12): 1032-1040.
[4] The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2013;202:100–107.
[5] Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2008 May;65(5):508-12.
[6] Br J Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;202:100-7.

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Comments
  • This is great information I haven’t found in other places. I’m 61 years old and have been supplementing for several years with Vitamin D3 at an amount of 6400 IU per day. I have my Vitamin D levels checked by my doctor each year at my annual physical exam blood lab and here are my 25 – Hydroxy Vitamin D lab results for the last three years:
    6/27/2012: 63.4 ng/mL
    6/17/2011: 61.0 ng/mL
    6/21/2010: 52.0 ng/mL
    So I’m glad to see I’m in the “optimal” range; and I am obviously one of those individuals who requires supplementation in excess of 6000 IU per day to keep my blood levels up in this range and to get the full protective benefits of this super nutrient. Again, thanks for your helpful information. Jana

  • I really enjoyed reading about the different types of Vitamin D; I had no idea! But it completely makes sense about why Vitamin D has such a large effect on emotions and mental state. Thank you for this information.
    -Molly

  • Wow I had no idea hw important vitamen D is ! My level is at 9.yes i worote that correctlyI just had bloodwork done yesterday and my level was 9.I was told to take Vitamen D3 2000 units a day and calcium 1200 mg a day. We shalll see how it goes wish me luck

  • Sunlight – Production of vitamin D is increased when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Individuals who spend little to no time in the sun, or wear long robes and/or head coverings are decreasing their skin’s sun exposure, hence decreasing the body’s production of vitamin D. This is also true for individuals who work or spend a lot of time indoors, missing out on vital sunlight exposure.

    Source: vitamin D and sun

  • My level jumped from 19ng/mL to 24 ng/mL in a month once i began taking Liquid Vitamin D-3 5000iu by trace minerals. I hope to see numbers like Jana. fingers crossed.

  • thanks for your comprehensive detail about vit.d deficiency since I am worried about my health after seeing my lab test result which catagorised me in sever deficiecy level.I would be thankful if you could provide detail of shine box.

  • I just started on a 12-week regiment of 50,000 once per week, prescribed by my doctor. I found that I immediately have a lift in my mood and am a bit of a chatterbox every Monday when I take it. Absolutely no side effects whatsoever, which is great considering the high dose.

  • I am 92 kg (200 lb) and 182 cm 6ft, I took 50,000 every second day at the beginning to get blood levels up. I now take 50,000 every 5th day for a 10,000 IU/day regime. I also take 4000IU of K2-M$ form and 1000 K2 M7 (the brand is BIO. Thats how theirs comes basically one of their tablets for every 10,000 IU D3. Plus 500 mg of magnesium.

    Why?

    The K2 i the traffic op and directs calcium to bones. Obviousl my effiociency of extravcton of calcium from my diet has improved and I want it on bones not liver and kidneys. The magnesium because it leads to more flexible bones not just dense chalky bones. I don’t need more calcium as I ave a cup at breakfast with ceral as a side, a cuppachino at mid-morning, yogurt in evening and from vegetables, thats enough calcium given the vitamin D3 is working hard to use what I already ingest, just need a little magnesium to go with it.

    (Plus 300 mg of Krill and 2x 500 mg/day of turmeric, Plus three serves of fish a week and lots of mixed vegetables, smallish serves, and some yoghurt. yes meat too but small pieces of beef and a couple of meals with meat ball sauce with rich tomato sauce i,e, lots of tomato, Greenish rather than yello banana every day and a alternating between a glass every lunch time of coconut, or pomegranite or blue berry juice)

    I go for a one hour walk twice a week carrying 12 kg, the weight strengthens my legs and one kg weight on each wrist. Jogging is nuts, the impact destroys your joints eventually. But a good solid amount of weight carrying loads your bones p, helps make calcium go their, strengthens all your muscles – you wll be amazed how sore you are next day in places you wouldn’t think, all those little muscles managing to keep you upright as you walk with the extra weight, and every time I see a hill or some stairs I go hard at it

    I feel great for 60 and if I feel like some junk food, or a chunk of chocolate occasionally, I will eat it. “Everything in moderation including moderation,”

  • Hi…I was having extreme ache in my bones all throughout my body especially in my thigh areas. I went to the doctor and as per his advice took the Vitamin-D Test. The result came out to be only 8.7!! Now I have been prescribed to take Vitamin-D supplements (20,000 IU per intake- 2 capsules twice per week) along with Calcium capsules. Is the dosage okay or too high? Please advice.

  • My Gyno just had a full blood workup on me and found my Vitamin D was really low (15.7 ng/ml) She had me taking 10,000mg twice a day of D3. My family doctor saw the results and had a fit and told me to stop the D3 and take this mega dose of D2 50,000 units once a week for the next 3 months. Now I am worried about the difference between D2 and D3. I was feeling very depressed but since I began supplementing with the D3 I felt much better. The D2 seems to be keeping the depression away also.

  • My daughters d level tested 6 she has all of the above symptoms weight gain point in pain tired all the time must get her in sun and on meds

  • Hi I live in England and my vitamin D level is 4 I kid you not! My doctor says I have to take five tablets in one go and no more then for a month and then have my blood tested again, I feel surely five tabs to last me a whole month does not sound enough? Any suggestions?

  • Julie , read up on this subject as much as you can. UK doctors knowledge on this is woeful. Tablets are not the best form to take D3 , they should be soluble. You should be on at least 5000 IU per day with possibly more at the weekend , maybe in sachet form if your level is indeed 4 nmol/l. Read as much as you can and go back to the doctors. Get out in the sun EVERYTIME it is out. Solar noon is around 12.57 in London so maybe 10 mins either side of this when the UVI is at its highest. Take it steady though with particular attention to your type of skin. I am 20 nmol/l and I can’t start to think what you must be like at 4 nmol/l. I have all the symptoms I have read about – fatigue, weakness, cramps, joint pain, mood changes and depression.

  • In the past I suffered from menstruationpains. When I was out in the sun I had less pain. Then I thought it was because of the warmth. Later, when I took vitamin D I realised it was because of the vitamin D. Nowadays I have hardly any pain during the menstruation. And also no white fingers during the winter.

  • Over the past for 18months I have suffered from fatigue even after a full nights sleep, pain in joints(knees), dental cavities (3 root canals) more than ever, muscles aches, heavy menstrual cycles (fibroid and endometriosis) but had ablation to correct several years ago no problems with cycles until 18 months ago, weight gain, chronic pain and headaches, digestive issues not matter what I ate, so tired I could not complete house work without taking a break and most of all increase in blood pressure. I wrote all of my symptoms down and took it to my OBGYN and she ran a lot of test including vitamin d- my level was 10. She only put me on 1000 IU, after visiting my cardiologist( made an appointment because thought it could cardiovasgular) she placed me on 50,000 IU D3 1wk for 12 weeks and more lab work. I am only one week in and feel a difference in energy level and no more knee pain or headaches for the past 7 days. I think vitamin d test should be added to routine annual blood work the test is very inexpensive, compared to expenses of seeing all the other specialist to figure out the problem.

  • I have had digestive problems for the past three years had tests for ibs , chrones , heart , endoscopy , colonoscopy , gaulbladder , and all come back with little things wrong , including a hiatus hernia , but nothing that they could put a finger on that caused me to have bloating abdominal pain loose stools feeling unwell fatigued weight gain , then I had a change in doctor as I could not get into see my regular doctor and this one ( young newly qualified) had blood tests done , he text me the results and has put me on 3,000 iu vit D I have been on tablets for G E R D , osophajitus , and since taking the higher dose of vit D I am now two weeks into it and find that I am feeling better not as tired , not deeding the gaviscon and tablets anymore I have improved my diet and now feel much better than I did I have no bone pain , small aches but I think that is because I have not move these muscles for 3 yrs , I am going swimming twice a week how can this be so un known , everyone should be checked as routine , we all have jobs and don’t get out into the open for the sun ,I makes sense that we need extra ,it makes matters worse when we told to put sun screen on when we go out into the sun , never again will I put sun screen on

  • feeling tired, joint pain and difficulty rounding for one hour with physician. Ortho doctor said bone spurs behind both knees and given cortisone shot. Continued to feel fatigued and shoulders, hips and thigh/knee area painful especially when going to sleep. Doctor did labs and started me on 50,000 units of Vitamin D twice a month and returned for 90 labs and labs improved from 16 to 28 but still fatigued and joint pain but no leg cramps like initially. He seemed pleased with my labs but I still feel tired and achy. Any suggestions?

  • My therapist suggested I get my Vitamin D checked. My doctor called me at 7:30 in the morning after the blood work and told me it was a 9! OMG! He got me on a regiment and I was feeling much better then I kinda slipped and now I’m depressed again. November doesn’t help things, either. Back to Vitamin D daily I go!

  • Hi my first test was 39 I have hyperthyroidism, I’ve had hemithyroidectomy, but on no meds now gastritis,and hiatus hernia and I have gilberts disease, I was in pain daily (bones,headaches,reflux exhausted I too saw a young doc she put me on vit d3 800iu per day wow I feel so much better I’m 89 nnmol now, but I’m reading that magnesium and vit k2 are magnificent with vit d3 and you can get soy free too, I haven’t tried yet but I’m very keen, I do take Epsom salt baths to get magnesium into my body, and I would like to up my vit d3 now it’s winter but doc says no.

  • Attitude to vit d deficiencies is appalling in UK. Consulted GP on bone pain and tooth sensitivity, cold and hot, told to see dentist. He said root canal treatment, fortunately, i said no. Later had vit d blood test, came back 29 nm/ml, put me on 800 iu daily, a joke. ( effectively the dentist would have assaulted me for gain! ) I put my self on 40,000 iu, ( incredibly GP approved! )18 months, now 10,000 iu plus regular vit d lamp, Sperti, brilliant. Now level about 175nm/ml, i’m told coast guards normally 250 nm/ml. Colitis controlled now, vit d brilliant natural anti inflammatory for gut. Now cured using Tryptophan and DHEA, yes cured, no meds for 30 months. They ( drugs ) try to kill us. You tube video Dr Robert Heaney, Calgory Sept 2012 vitamin D, convinced me, watch it, daunting! Biggest problem with any natural supplements is pharmaceuticals can’t patent them, so they, i’m convinced, try to block them. Classic example is Tryptophan in USA, shocking, yet it cured my colitis, and yes tumor necrosis factor is controlled by it, that’s beginning of cancer! Same vit D, nobody wants to spend on research, just go for it, take k2 with it at high doses, careful if you are mature, you may have compromised fatty liver.
    Good luck.

  • For the past 9-10 months, i was feeling myself very confused, aggressive, tired and was loosing ability to carry heavy weights. A few days ago, i hit my ankle somewhere i even dont remember. I didn’t feel any pain at that time. But a few days later pain started and got more with time. I went to my doctor and discussed. He asked me if i had these symptoms i mentioned above and ran a few tests including vitamin D3. Report came and i am on 6.2!! He has started me on 200,000 ui units of Vitamin D, 4 tablets a week. Is this too much ?
    Thanks

  • Thanks for article very helpful. For the past few months I was suffering from being tired, fatigue, problems with digestion, moods changes… I just have my blood test done and my total 25 hydroxy vit d is 26nmol/l was prescribed 3200 units per day to take for 3 months. Looking forward to see what impact it will have on my general health.
    Does low vitamin d have any impact on menstruation cycle?

  • I was diagnosed with a 25 hydroxy test value of 4.9.
    I am taking vitamin D3 2000 one tab per day for the past 10 days and sitting in the sun daily for half an hour. I am feeling a lot more positive and hopeful but not much difference in energy levels.

  • I am having multiple symptoms of low energy, depression, muscle weakness, and pain that get relieved temporarily when i extend my muscles and them come back again in matter of seconds, my knees hurt and my mood is below the gutters, i feel distracted and cant focus in work or home, the thing is it really feels like fibromalaygia or chronic fatigue syndrom, cause i have done lots of blood tests and nothing was abnormal except a little increase in wbc and lymphocytes, so my doctor ordered a vit D test and it came back 18ng (45 nmol) which means i am difficient in vit D, he prescribed 50,000 iu of vit D3 per week for 8 weeks, i will start tomorrow, and i am praying that the problem lying in vit D, as i feel really tired all the time like i am having the flu or cold or feels like a truck just hit me, so i am hoping that viD supplements will solve y symptoms or even some of it, as any improvement will mean a lot to me.

  • YES! vitamin D deficiency symptoms cause shortness of breath. you will not find any difference in breathing even if you run 10 km without rest or simply sit. your respiration will not change.
    lts my personal experience.

  • The comment from Nelson C regarding shortness of breath is very interesting. I’ve had tests done to see if I had problems in my lungs and it showed nothing. I recently had my vitamin D tested – my regular doctor wouldn’t do it so I changed doctors to someone who would test vitamin D. Mine is at 30 which is not as extremely low as others who’ve responded, but it’s not at optimal levels either.

  • Hi. Have been a depressed hermit for three years, after 2, had big problems with depression & then developed bad joint pain. went to my MD she tested my Vit d , said it was almost non exisistant started taking Vit D 3 2000 mg daily within 6 weeks my mood is greatly improved & my joint pain is gone !!! Amazing having level checked again in 6 months

  • If you have a Vit D deficiencey their is usually a reason for it. Before taking high levels of D ask your doctor to run a simply calcium test. If the calcium is high it can lower the D. If that is the case and you take high levels of fit D you can actually have a stroke.

  • My son who is 17 just had labs done and the doctor said he was severely vitamin D deficient. She prescribed 100,000 units prescription vitamin D for a week and then wants to check his levels again. We are also insisting that he spend at least 30 minutes a day in the sun. I’ve also read that magnesium helps with vitamin D absorption.

  • Been suffering for 3 years with it. I have dairy allergies and digestive issues. Started at 9.7 then got it to 12.5 now back down to 4.9. I am currently pregnant with number two so they are trying to figure out how much is safe. I am told for sure keep taking prenatal, 10-15 mins sunlight a day if sun is out. Hello Indiana weather. I was told before this current test to quit my supplements so they may have me start them again. Not sure yet. Always tired, weak bones, depressed easily and weight gain is an issue. I lose weight then gain it quickly back. So I hope once this gets fixed I can get my life back.

  • Been suffering for 3 years with it. I have dairy allergies and digestive issues. Started at 9.7 then got it to 12.5 now back down to 4.9. I am currently pregnant with number two so they are trying to figure out how much is safe. I am told for sure keep taking prenatal, 10-15 mins sunlight a day if sun is out. Hello Indiana weather. I was told before this current test to quit my supplements so they may have me start them again. Not sure yet. Always tired, weak bones, depressed easily and weight gain is an issue. I lose weight then gain it quickly back. So I hope once this gets fixed I can get my life back.

  • I have read in what seems like a reliable source that the “Upper Tolerable Limit” for Vitamin D is 4000iu per day. Is that correct?

  • For years I have been feeling fatigued, depressed and zombie-like. My hair started falling and had troubles with my libido. I started researching for the possible causes for what I’ve been experiencing, and after some extensive research, I found that most of the symptoms I was having (if not all) were caused by Vitamin D3 deficiency. From there, I researched a bit for the proper dosage and best product for the money in terms of quality, and decided on a product. I’ve been taking it for 2-3 months now, and the results have been very welcomed! My hair stopped falling, I’ve been sleeping so much better, my libido have gone through the roof, and most importantly, I no longer feel depressed at all. In fact, this has improved my mood significantly. I’m so happy I decided to start supplementing. I’m sold for life!

    If you think you’re deficient in vitamin D, then I beg of you, for the sake of your health, start supplementing! You’ll thank me later!

    I’ve just watched an interesting lecture on vitamin d by Dr. Michael Holick. According to Holick, for years it was believed that vitamin d receptors exist only in the bones, kidneys, and intestines, but new research done by Holick shows that vitamin d receptors exist everywhere in the body, including the brain! He said the fact that there are vitamin d receptors throughout the body means that vitamin d is very essential to ones health, and that most of health issues nowadays are due to vitamin d deficiency. It’s quite interesting, really. Watch the lecture yourself I guarantee you’ll be amazed. Youtube: The D-lightful Vitamin D.

  • With regard to your question, Dave. Here are the limits.

    Upper limit set by various organizations:

    Vitamin D Council:
    Infants: 2,000 IU/day.
    Children: 2,000 IU/day per 25lbs of body weight.
    Adults: 10,000 IU/day.

    Endocrine Society:
    Infants: 2,000 IU/day.
    Children: 4,000 IU/day.
    Adults: 10,000 IU/day.

    Food and Nutrition Board:
    Infants: 1,000-1,500 IU/day.
    Children: 2,500-3,000 IU/day.
    Adults: 4,000 IU/day.

  • I have suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder for 14 years (along with anxiety, bipolar, osteoarthritis) The extreme fatigue has always been the worse symptom for me, I feel as if I have been sleeping my life away. All along my Vit D levels have hovered between 26-33, even on D supplements and outside all summer. It wasn’t until I truly learned the importance of Vit D and at the same time learned of a product called Turmeric 3D, I decided to give it a try. I gave up all prescription meds before beginning this past December. I am happy to report that by mid-January my Vit D levels were at a 51 and this is the 1st time that I was able to stay awake all of winter! This stuff has truly been a miracle for me. I will forever be an advocate for getting Vit D levels checked!

  • I live in Italy. I have osteoporosis and suffered collapsed vertebrae last year. My vitamin D level was checked three months ago and was 30.1 which was within the guidelines in Italy 30+. My DP has prescribed vitamin D by liquid form which is common here. I take 25,000 ius every two weeks but still feel tired and have dizzy spells. I suppose I should have my blood retested but it is not easy here. Yes, we have lots of sunshine so I shall make sure I spend more time in the sun although I have very sensitive skin and have to be careful.

  • I’m in the uk. I was found to be vitamin d deficient after a blood test as I felt so tired and unwell. I was put on 10,000 D3 for a month and told to have a repeat blood test in 3 months. I’m struggling so much with joint pain in my knees and sometimes lower back. At the moment I’m taking no vitamin d as I was advised to take the “loading dose” then have bloods in 3 months. I’m off work today as the pain is so bad. Can anyone offer any help or advice? Should I start supplementing myself? Thank you

  • Hi, Linda. I’m sorry to hear that and I hope you get well soon.
    I’m not sure why you were asked to stop taking them that soon because according to Dr. Michael Holick, (an MD who spent the last 40 years studying and doing researches on vitamin D) vitamin d has a half life of two weeks.

    Vitamin D supplementation is very safe and toxicity cases are very rare, in fact, according to Dr. John Cannell, Executive Director of Vitamin D Council, water intoxication is more common than vitamin d toxicity, (yes, vitamin d toxicity is that rare) he also said that vitamin D is very safe when you don’t exceed the recommended dosage. When asked about vitamin D toxicity, Dr. Cannell said, worrying about vitamin d toxicity is like worrying about drowning when you’re dying of thirst. I’d love to share more but, I’m not very fast when using a phone to type, so it would take ma ages, instead, I’ll share a couple of youtube videos on the matter by Dr. John and Dr. Michael, and if you watch all of them, I’m pretty sure you’ll build a solid knowledge on the subject. I created a list of videos for you and anyone interested about vitamin D on youtube that answers most of the questions you might have. Included, 6 small videos for Dr. John Cannell, Executive Director of Vitamin D Council, where he answers the most common vitamin d questions, and one long very informative lecture about vitamin d by Dr. Michael Holick a pioneer of vitamin d research and a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics.

    Hope this helps, and please forgive any brevity or typing errors as I’m using my mobile device.

  • Hi, Colleen. Hope you get well very soon.

    I can’t help but notice the low dosage you were prescribed. 25K of vitamin D per two weeks is a very low dosage, and it’s very unlikely that it’s going to do anything to you. I take 5000 IU of vitamin d a day, and I’ve been doing that for the last year, and I’m barely within the normal range. So you might wanna consider upping the dose. And honestly, I’m not surprised you got such a low prescription, since most physicians nowadays aren’t very knowledgeable on the subject and most of them fear vitamin d toxicity which is very rare and hence the low dose prescription. Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, an MD who treats people with vitamin D, published a book called Power of Vitamin D, and in his book, Zaidi addressed a question that probably has popped in the heads of everyone who learns of the amazing benefits of vitamin D which is; “Why hasn’t my Doctor told me about all the beneficial effects of Vitamin D ?”

    Dr. Zaidi’s answer: “Unfortunately, This exciting new knowledge about vitamin D hasn’t reached the radar screen of most physicians, nor has it reached the curriculum of medical schools. Why? Because no drug company is behind it. It’s not a drug. it’s cheap and you can obtain it over the counter. Unfortunately, most of our medical research, medical guidelines for practicing physicians and medical knowledge in text books is dependent upon drug companies one way or another. Sad but true! It may take years before this revolutionary knowledge finds its way into medical books and physician’s offices.”

    So as you can see, most physicians have very little knowledge on the subject, but you can take control of your life and learn about it, just like I have. If you are interested, check the link I provided in my previous post.

    Hope this helps, and get well soon!

  • I did a blood test because I was experienceing pain, and my vit D level came out to be 9. But I have other problems like weight loss, chest pain,headaches, extreme trouble breathing, dizzying spells, blurry vision, ringing in ears accompanied by fainting sensation… What problem do I have?

  • I just had blood work and my D3 level was a 6.. My Doctor put me on 5000 un twice a day plus calcium with 800 in of D3. We tried the 25,000 once a week and it didn’t keep my levels up. I have a lot of pain from herniated disc in lower back. I catch everything and have had dizzy spells to the point of fainting. All I fell like doing is sleep. Have lots of pain all over, even behind knee caps. Have bone loss in my gums. I’m praying that this dose helps and I’m going to start being in sun a least 15 min. A day to start.

  • I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency 2 years ago 20ng/ML. I have been suffering with a multitude of symptoms for 11 years beginning at the age of 32. I am now 43 and at the age of 41, my Dr. discovered the deficiency. I noticed a difference within 3 days of being on the supplement. I take the D3 liquid drops form that my naturopath recommended and this stuff works! I have recently had to increase it because I was not taking enough. I no longer have daily anxiety/panic attacks, irritable bowel syndrome, rapid heartrate, afib symptoms, SAD (seasonal affective disorder), joint pain, muscle pain and weakness, TMJ disorder and depression to name a few. I have a lot of energy now and feel like my old self. I was so amazed at how much this super hormone made a difference in my life. It saddens me to think that my grandmother lived with multiple sclerosis most of her life and could have possibly prevented this with supplementation. I also have a cousin who was diagnosed with MS a couple of years ago and has been working nights for years. Lack of sun, lack of Vitamin D, a coincidence? I don’t think so. I am now a persistent advocate of Vitamin D because it made such a difference in my life. God created us to be out in the sun, not to stay indoors all day. Unfortunately, most of us work indoors. VITAMIN D3 FOR LIFE!!

  • Hi all. I am a 36 year old female that lives in Ohio. Didn’t go out in the sun much because my mother has had multiple spots of melanoma taken off. Started getting dizzy had nausea, weight gain, some chest pain, and then the worst started with extreme muscle weakness and twitching. Started having very very bad anxiety and panic attacks which I have never had before. My vitamin D level was at 14. It is now at 32 but do not feel better at all. Trying to sit in the Sun and take a vitamin D3 supplement. Doctor told me to take 35,000 a week but I do not agree and don’t think that this is enough. Him taking about six to seven thousand IU of d-3 a day instead. This is ruining my life.. I am hoping I don’t have other issues

  • I had recently started doing research on vitamin d. The reason for that is because I had been dealing with crazy hair loss for the past 7+ years (I’m only 26 now). I say “had been” because within the last week of taking 3-4,000 iu’s of d3, and I really shouldn’t be jumping the gun just yet, but I have been able to run my hands through my hair and only get, at most 2 hairs! I’m not completely accepting for now because I can’t bare the thought of putting too much faith in it, only to realize I was imagining the results or that it was only temporarily.

    The reason why I think this could possibly be the cause is because when I was a teenager (I tan very easily) I had made it a goal of mine to avoid the sun for the sake of being lighter skinned. How freaking sad is that? Missing out on life because I didn’t want to get a tan…
    if only I knew the possible effects on my body and health that it would have created.
    I avoided the world for vanity, and because of the damage I’d been doing, I wouldn’t realize that because of the symptoms I was mentally caged in my home. Something that could easily be discovered and fixed. I have been to multiple doctors and none of them genuinely cared. “There’s nothing I Can do for you. Tests all came back normal.”
    My point is, don’t give up. When no one seems to care, just know you’re not alone.

  • Hello everyone,
    I am new here and I must say that I appreciate the kindred spirit and the way everybody has been participating, sharing their stories and experiences, and keeping this place alive. I have learnt quite a lot in a short span.
    I have read lots of brave stories. I choose this medium first, to say thank you to every one of you for being strong in the light of your challenges. Your stories are full of hope and courage, and I am certain that they will help so many people out there find their feet.
    Thank you.
    I have had my own share of health challenges. I have fell down flat many times, sick and tired of life, but I have managed to pull through and I am now standing on my feet. I feel obliged to share my story because I believe that sharing my experience can be the difference for a whole lot of people who might be going through different health challenges at the moment.
    For years, I have suffered ill health with many accompanying symptoms: Panic attacks, depression, poor sleep quality, Tachycardia, and many more related symptoms. These symptoms made me hate life in all sense. I was afraid to live. I could not interact with people around me, and I could not go out. I was living in my own shell, afraid of what the next moment could turn out to be. The symptoms made me feel horrible and instead of waning, they became more severe, even with continuous visits to doctors.
    My travail continued as I daily hoped for a miracle, something to take away all my pains and troubles.
    Unfortunately, my sufferings and bouts with the symptoms were heightened because of ignorance. I did not know that I lacked essential vitamins and minerals that my body needs to function at optimal levels. You see, the situation most of us have found ourselves cannot be far-fetched from my experience. I tried all sorts, but none yielded any positive changes. I was dying and I knew this even as more money went down the drain. At a point, I no longer felt pity for myself; I just wanted everything to end. I wanted to enjoy life, I wanted to be free and that was exactly what I did.
    In a last resort to save myself, I started to consult medical literature. I swept through the old and new ones, trying to find out what I had to do to be healthy. I wanted to stand on my feet and I wanted to pursue my big dreams. The medical literatures revealed so much about my symptoms and I started to connect the dots. It became clear to me gradually, that the core of my troubles might be nutritional deficiencies. I started to supplement with vitamins and minerals, shutting out the pharmaceuticals because I feared that they could further compound my problems.
    That turned out to be my salvation. I started to notice improved changes. I began to feel strong and refreshed. Apparently, I had pronounced deficiencies in Vitamin D3 and every symptom I experienced, could be traced to it. I started taking high doses of Vitamins D3, K2, and magnesium.
    I am particularly saddened by my plight, because many people actually battle with varying health conditions because they lack the right information. It is in fact more disheartening when health professionals fail to help you assuage the pains caused by the situation when they do not point you in the right direction.
    My blood test results showed high deficiencies in Vitamin D3 and immediately I started with the supplements, I started to feel and live better. I started with 50K of Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2 and magnesium. For me, this combination created the closest thing to a modern day elixir and eventually gave me relief.
    It is high time health professionals started sharing these knowledge with people because it could help end the suffering of a lot of people, and this is why I am sharing my story.
    I hope that sharing my story would help someone make a turnaround, and take charge of his or her life, as I did. Even if it is just a single person. I hope that this single person will share this with another person until it goes viral.
    People do not have to go through so much when the potential solution to their problem is very simple and inexpensive.
    I do hope once again that my story resonates and connects with some of you. Vitamin D3 turned my life around for better and I believe that I am not alone here. Please spread the word, share your experience. You never know how much your story and experience might help someone in need.
    I am just glad that I could figure out my troubles. You too can.

  • Hello everyone,

    I am a newbie here and I must say that I appreciate the kindred spirit and the way everybody has been participating, sharing their stories and experiences, and keeping this place alive. I have learnt quite a lot in a short span and I am confident that as I interact more with you in the coming days, I will learn much more.

    I have read lots of brave stories. I choose this medium first, to say thank you to every one of you for being strong in the light of your challenges. Your stories are full of hope and courage, and I am certain that they will help so many people out there find their feet.

    Thank you.

    I have had my own share of health challenges. I have fell down flat many times, sick and tired of life, but I have managed to pull through and I am now standing on my feet. I feel obliged to share my story because I believe that sharing my experience can be the difference for a whole lot of people who might be going through different health challenges at the moment.

    For years, I have suffered ill health with many accompanying symptoms: Panic attacks, depression, poor sleep quality, Tachycardia, and many more related symptoms. These symptoms made me hate life in all sense. I was afraid to live. I could not interact with people around me, and I could not go out. I was living in my own shell, afraid of what the next moment could turn out to be. The symptoms made me feel horrible and instead of waning, they became more severe, even with continuous visits to doctors.

    My travail continued as I daily hoped for a miracle, something to take away all my pains and troubles.

    Unfortunately, my sufferings and bouts with the symptoms were heightened because of ignorance. I did not know that I lacked essential vitamins and minerals that my body needs to function at optimal levels. You see, the situation most of us have found ourselves cannot be far-fetched from my experience. I tried all sorts, but none yielded any positive changes. I was dying and I knew this even as more money went down the drain. At a point, I no longer felt pity for myself; I just wanted everything to end. I wanted to enjoy life, I wanted to be free and that was exactly what I did.

    In a last resort to save myself, I started to consult medical literature. I swept through the old and new ones, trying to find out what I had to do to be healthy. I wanted to stand on my feet and I wanted to pursue my big dreams. The medical literatures revealed so much about my symptoms and I started to connect the dots. It became clear to me gradually, that the core of my troubles might be nutritional deficiencies. I started to supplement with vitamins and minerals, shutting out the pharmaceuticals because I feared that they could further compound my problems.

    That turned out to be my salvation. I started to notice improved changes. I began to feel strong and refreshed. Apparently, I had pronounced deficiencies in Vitamin D3 and every symptom I experienced, could be traced to it. I started taking high doses of Vitamins D3, K2, and magnesium.

    I am particularly saddened by my plight, because many people actually battle with varying health conditions because they lack the right information. It is in fact more disheartening when health professionals fail to help you assuage the pains caused by the situation when they do not point you in the right direction.

    My blood test results showed high deficiencies in Vitamin D3 and immediately I started with the supplements, I started to feel and live better. I started with 50K of Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2 and magnesium. For me, this combination created the closest thing to a modern day elixir and eventually gave me relief.

    It is high time health professionals started sharing these knowledge with people because it could help end the suffering of a lot of people, and this is why I am sharing my story.

    I hope that sharing my story would help someone make a turnaround, and take charge of his or her life, as I did. Even if it is just a single person. I hope that this single person will share this with another person until it goes viral.

    People do not have to go through so much when the potential solution to their problem is very simple and inexpensive.

    I do hope once again that my story resonates and connects with some of you. Vitamin D3 turned my life around for better and I believe that I am not alone here. Please spread the word, share your experience. You never know how much your story and experience might help someone in need.

    I am just glad that I could figure out my troubles. You too can.

  • Hi Leaf,
    I have suffered similar symptoms for a couple months: Tachycardia accompanied by increase in blood pressure, shallow breathing, anxiety, unable to cope with stress, and peripheral neuropathy.

    I have also had for most my life: recurrent headaches, difficulty falling asleep, RLS (restless leg syndrome, poor sleep quality, back and neck pain.

    The last couple of years body aches have increased: Frozen Shoulder both sides (dx-adhesive capsulitis one shoulder and dx-bursitis on other shoulder) which muscle relaxers (methocarbamol) didn’t seem like they relaxed my muscles at all.

    Also Joint pain spreading last 12 months to ankles.

    I was prescribed Xanax for anxiety but didn’t take because of side effects possible and a suspicion that I was deficient in Magnesium. After seeing symptoms of Mg def. online I started taking 525mg of Magnesium Oxide, and 5000 mcg of Methylcobalamin and after second day of supplements I was able to function without heart racing, was actually sleepy at bedtime (as opposed to tired but unable to fall asleep), intensity of joint pain was reduced 80%, tingling in fingers and toes stopped. On day 7 of supplements my chronic muscle tension in the back went away.

    Doctor said to keep taking supplements and don’t take Xanax And ordered a full workup including Vitamin D. I was at 13 ng/mL and was put on 50,000 IU weekly pill for 12 weeks.
    Magnesium and B12 levels (in blood) were normal probably because I was already supplementing for 10 days before blood test were done.

    Labs came in yesterday morning and I started taking 50,000 IU of D (by prescription) with lunch yesterday. I felt nauseated a little an hour or two after taking that large dose that went away by this morning.

    I have been thinking about adding Vitamin K because it is an important co- factor with Vitamin D, Magnesium and Calcium.

    Next I will search for how much Vit K I should take.

  • Hi Ron,

    I’m sorry to hear that you had to go through this. I hope you feel well soon.

    Let me assure it will get better, just hang in there. And you’re doing everything right, you just need another form of magnesium since absorption rate is very low in magnesium Oxide, magnesium glycinate or citrate are good alternatives. Now to Vitamin k, you absolutely need vitamin K2 as MK7 when supplementing with D and it’s very likely that this is why you’re feeling worse on D. Now there’s aren’t any recommendations on MK7 dosing, but one book I read suggested 100 mcg of K2 MK7 for every 10000 UI of vitamin d and I’ve been doing that for quite a while and I feel great.

    Hope this helps,

    Leaf

  • I had been hospitalized for 3 years in a row all in the same month march, for shortness of breath. They thought it was asthma. The last time which was this year, they hospitalized me for a week. Which they ran lots of test and determined I have COPD. The symptoms I had were shortness of breath, tired, and coughing. Oxygen doesn’t seem to help, medication wasn’t helping too (Spiriva and Advair plus nose sprays).although my doctor was wanted me to use it, to reduce symptoms and slow down progression but I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on COPD Herbal formula from Green House Herbal Clinic, the COPD natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from COPD with this natural herbal formula treatment. Green House Herbal Clinic official web site

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  • Hi, my son is 18 and has OCD and anxiety. His vitamin D level is 18.1. He is going to start today on 5000 D3 daily. How long does it usually take for vitamin D levels to go up after taking supplements? Thanks!

  • Is vitamin d deficiency symtom cause depression… I am having excess mood problms and depression.. Is vitamin d supplementation improve my mood? Please reply

  • I was diagnosed with COPD 5 years ago and was taking Spiriva and Advair plus nose sprays to slow down progression. My symptoms have always been shortness of breath, and dizziness. I am a 54 year old male. the Spiriva wasn’t really working and I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects, so this year our family doctor started me on Natural Herbal Gardens COPD Herbal mixture, We ordered their COPD herbal treatment after reading alot of positive reviews, i am happy to report with the help of Natural Herbal Garden natural herbs I have been able to reverse my symptoms using herbs, my symptoms totally declined over a 9 weeks use of the Natural Herbal Gardens COPD natural herbal formula. My COPD is totally reversed! Their official web page is naturalherbalgardens . c o m After the herbal treatment I also finally was able to give up smoking after 20 years. I ‘m thankful to nature

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  • Am late 60s woman who for over 5 years has had crippling leg muscle cramps (daytime as well as night), chronic tiredness, lack of energy, irritability & mood swings. Have long-term gut problems (allergies incl to all dairy and fruit plus some veg) with symptoms same as ulcerative colitis if I eat the wrong thing. Just had latest 5-yearly bone-density scan, had lost 7% off hip since last one, so excellent GP ran blood tests incl for vit D. This showed a level of just 38ng, which though not as bad as some, is still a deficiency of 33%. This was a huge shock to me after the gorgeous summer we’ve just had in the UK, with me working outside in the sun in T shirt and no hat for at least 2 hours daily! Can only assume due to skin not functioning so well in older age, plus of course same with digestive tract, malabsorption & limited diet.
    Anyway, to cut a long story short, have been taking 1,000iu of D3 in sunflower oil, gelatin capsule, from Natures Best (easily digested & with GP’s approval) for just over a week, and guess what – leg cramps have completely disappeared, I have much more energy, and am far less irritable! Vit D rocks! Very interested to see what RichardN wrote in Dec 2016 re vitD being a good gut anti-inflammatory too – will have to wait and see on that one.
    Thanks for the article, and also for bringing us readers together to share info, much appreciated.

  • I am 61 years old. My doctor put me on 5000 a day. He told me do not stop taking them or you will go back down to a low count. I was at 29. So for all who are older and do not get out in the sun keep taking vitamin d for the rest of your life if you don’t want to go back down having a low vitamin d level. I don’t know how it works for younger people. My son is 19 and his d and calcium is low. He had a broken wrist and wrist issues. He has just started on his vit. d so I will let you know what he says after taking it a while and what happens when he stops. But I have a feeling he will need them too because he doesn’t go outside in the sun at all. Just for your fyi.

  • I’m a convert after dismissing suggestions I could be deficient in anything, being a health nut and athletic. But something laid me low this past year and no one that I saw in the medical field could help–total mystery. At last my husband, a retired MD, suggested testing my Vit D level, at which I of course scoffed. In fact, I was guessing maybe a thyroid problem to explain all the weird, vague, annoying symptoms of middle age–fatigue, lack of energy, muscle weakness and then severe muscle pain that kept me up at night…. the list went on but each dr ignored some things and focused on others, concluding that I was just, well, middle-aged and “arthritic.” But to me, it just didn’t seem right for someone of my health & fitness and my supposedly perfect diet.

    Well. The test came back a real shocker at a level of 17. (My thyroid, though, was perfectly normal.) I was sure it was a typo! My husband said, “I told you so.” (He’s a great believer in Vitamin D.) Anyway, he immediately put me on 50,000 units per DAY and…. This is where I get teary-eyed. It changed my life.

    Seriously. I had no idea, until I felt better, how awful things had become. Within 24 hours, I was “awake, alert, alive, enthusiastic!” I talked a blue streak. I woke up chipper. And it only got better after that. I feel… normal! Not “middle-aged and arthritic.” But a youthful 50-something, active, athletic, and cheerful. Compared to listless, silent, depressed, and wracked with pain.

    One truly surprising change was quite subtle. I had gotten accustomed to having trouble chewing. My teeth felt “old.” Tender, maybe not as sharp or strong as when I was younger. I had come to accept that and had gradually come to avoid eating hard foods like carrots and nuts. But now, a month into high-dose Vitamin D supplementation, I can pulverize nuts into butter with my teeth with absolutely no tenderness or sensitivity.

    I had no idea all these things were connected.

    My muscle pain–especially thighs, and especially at night–has gone from a horrific, frightening 8 to 10 on the pain scale to a flat zero. My knees, which have given me trouble for decades due to shredded meniscus cartilage, are now pain-free. No one expected that. At night I do supplement with a high-potency turmeric extract because by the end of the day of all this running around I’m now doing, yep, the knees get a teensy bit sore and the turmeric takes the edge off when I go to bed. But that’s it. I had severely restricted range of motion in my hips and now I’m back to some yoga poses I thought were a thing of the past–full range of motion. I’ve stopped having weird cramps in the arches of my feet.

    I am a new person. Not an exaggeration. I have gone from a cranky, depressed middle age to feeling 20 years younger–the way I expected, actually, given my history of being super active and a health-nut. And it was one vitamin deficiency: Vitamin D. I have no idea why mine was so low but that simple reality was essentially destroying my health.

    It feels so good to feel normal again! By the way, I’m now at 20,000 IU per day for the next month and then I get retested to see where to go from here. Don’t be afraid of high doses if that’s what you need! It could be a life-changer.

  • Weenah – so inspiring to read your story my vit d levels have been low 37, 39 43 39. For the last 4 years it went up to 43 when i was given supplements last year. Its gone down since. I too suffer with depression anxiety, constant tiredness joint and muscle pain. Dr has just prescribed 50,000 ui once a week for 6 weeks, then chewables. I cant wait till it starts to make a difference. Im inspired to keep going and taking extra vit d when i finish this course. Ive also had my gallbladder out which im sure is a cause of non absorbtion of vit d.

  • I’m 68 years old, have been struggling with bone pain, extreme tiredness, easy cramping in legs, frozen shoulders, depression, weight problem (and other symptoms) for years. I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma four years ago, and breast cancer two years ago!! Both were treated, but now use sun screen daily, stay out of the sun; and I have been taking Tamoxifen for three years as extended treatment for the breast cancer. Two months ago I asked my oncologist if I could stop the Tamoxifen as I felt it was causing all my bone and muscle aches. He gave me permission to take a break for two months. It has helped (no more hot flashes) but the bone pain continued, so I went in frustration to my GP again. This time she ordered extensive blood work and my Vitamin D level came up at 17! I will be starting supplements tomorrow. I haven’t picked up the prescription yet so do not know what she has prescribed, but at least I feel vindicated at last that I’m not crazy or a hypochondriac! Thank you all for your sharing your stories, this gives me hope and a sense of validation, knowing that I am not alone. I don’t know that any doctor has ever tested my Vitamin D level, which makes me wonder if my cancers were in any way related to my deficiency. Sadly, I will never know. But there is hope for feeling better in the future!

  • I am a new person. Not an exaggeration. I have gone from a cranky, depressed middle age to feeling 20 years younger–the way I expected, actually, given my history of being super active and a health-nut. And it was one vitamin deficiency: Vitamin D. I have no idea why mine was so low but that simple reality was essentially destroying my health.

    It feels so good to feel normal again! By the way, I’m now at 20,000 IU per day for the next month and then I get retested to see where to go from here. Don’t be afraid of high doses if that’s what you need! It could be a life-changer.

  • Thank you so very much for all the information my vitamin D level is 9 I was told today by my chiropractor that a level that low means cancer so I was trying to read everything about it to see if anyone said that no one said anything about cancer while maybe one about she had breast cancer but I was definitely told that really low vitamin D means there’s cancer somewhere wondering about the input on that I am seeing a new general physician tomorrow and I’m told when I give her all my information that she’s going to want to take lots of Chess I have all kinds of problems I’ve had two strokes I have angina as I said my vitamin D is 9 I am having droopy eyes trouble saying kind of trouble swallowing dry mouth muscle aches and pains exhausted all the time trying to get better it was delightful to read all your comments thank you so much

  • The weight gain symptom is a big issue for me b/c it’s not always a symptom. I have been trying to gain weight for a while now & just felt uuhghh so I went to the doctor to see what was going on. My D levels were in the single digits & needed to come up big time. After getting my levels back to “normal” I starting gaining some of my weight back. I’m slowly but surely feeling normal again but the “weight gain”, like I said isn’t a normal symptom for everyone.

  • I was diagnosed at 17.9 I found it really helpful learning about other with a D deficiency I though I would never get it as I love my garden and out in it as much as possible. As I understand it I am on a really high dose for 4 weeks and then on a lower dose possibly forever I think. I’m a UK resident

  • I was tested for a few things due to extreme fatigue. Like, fall asleep in the middle of the day tired. My level was a 3 and I already take 1000 a day. I am now taking 5000 a day and need to be tested again in 3 months. Is this intense fatigue normal? How long until I will see the effect of the added supplement?

    • Hi Sara, thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide personalized medical advice, but we wish you all the best!

  • I have been suffering from brain fog/not being able to concentrate for about 3 weeks now. I had my vit D tested and it is 26. Doctor said low vit D can cause brain fog. Have you ever heard of low d levels causing brain fog? I started taking 2000 iu/day but I decided to start taking 5000. Question: is it better to take your daily dose of vitamin d all at once or spread it out Over the course of the day? Thanks!!

  • Jaime, I can absolutely vouch for the brain fog. Every time I tried to reduce my high Vit D dosage, the brain fog would come back. In fact it nearly ruined our vacation. Since we were going to a tropical beach, I decided to stop taking the D. At first we assumed I had jet lag. Then, just tired. Then, “coming down with a cold.” My brain slowed down, and my bones ached. I was so miserable and no fun, just couldn’t think straight. Two days before we were to leave I decided, Why not, and I took my massive dose of 50,000 IU of the Vit D. And within hours it was like a shot of adrenalin. I could think, talk, and stay awake! We had the best two days of vacation. I finally put two and two together, I have probably suffered from this throughout much of my adult life. It is really sad when I think about it.
    I wish you the best in clearing up this annoying condition. BTW when I added calcium, magnesium, and Vit K-2, I was finally able to cut my dosage with no recurrence of pain or brain fog, so I recommend heeding the advice of others who suggest that combination.

  • Just like many other parts of the body, hair also needs to be provided with enough nutrients to be developed, otherwise it will face a dry, lifeless, broken condition.

  • But a good solid amount of weight carrying loads your bones p, helps make calcium go their, strengthens all your muscles – you wll be amazed how sore you are next day in places you wouldn’t think, all those little muscles managing to keep you upright as you walk with the extra weight, and every time I see a hill or some stairs I go hard at it https://bit.ly/2vS1fI8

  • I had my blood tested and I’m not kidding my vitamin D level was at 1. So the dr called me in a prescription. Some signs were I would feel so tired after just waking up after a full nights sleep. I had what felt like pulled muscles in my legs, back, neck, shoulders. My hair was falling out in clumps. So glad I have this figured out. I had no idea lack of vitamin d could make you feel so terrible.

  • Hi Sara, the first time I was diagnosed with low vit D my level was 2 the doctor told me it could take up to 8 weeks to get my levels back into normal range but as time passes he said I should start feeling better that was in 2008. I was taken off Vit D in 2015 when another doctor tested me an my level was 48. This time my level was 15 I got those results 2 days ago and I was put on 50,000 IU of D2 once a week he said once my levels come back into normal range I will be switched over to D3 he said that D3 is best for keeping levels stable, D2 is suppose to bring your levels up faster. I have another suggestion for you, if you are still having problems with falling asleep after your levels come up I would suggest getting a sleep study done, I was diagnosed out of the blue with Narcolepsy in 2016, never ever had any issues with falling asleep at a drop of a dime other than when when my Vit D levels were low so it made no sense to me, I went in for a sleep study and found I have Narcolepsy.

  • Its amazing to me how many people are suffering from vitamin D deficiencies these days. It’s like a new phenomenon.
    I suffer from low D levels myself (about 10 or 15). It was first discovered when my depression was at an all time low in 2014. Vitamin D2 high doses (50,000)for (4 weeks) and a low dose 10mg. Prozac was prescribed. I started to feel like my normal outgoing energetic self in about a week. Within three months I was off the prozac my mood was transformed to 100% turn around.
    Now again I’m finding my annual bloodwork is showing low D levels 15-19.
    This is concerning. I’m not feeling depressed but I’m not motivated, not energetic, my teeth and gums feel some weakness.
    I’m taking 2000 IU D3 doctors recommendation.
    My question is why is my body not absorbing and storing Vitamin D?
    Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. It stores in the body. I do have extra weight on, say 20 pounds. I’m thinking this may be the problem, as I’ve heard it can store in the fat and not be readily available in the cells.
    Also, I have read if you tan easily (more melanin) you do not absorb D as well, interesting fact.
    I think I do better on D2 supplements because I don’t notice loose stools symptoms like I do with D3 oil capsules. I think the loose stools may be showing my lack of ability to absorb. Last blood test I was still under 19.
    Mind you I was only taking one 1000IU vit D capsule at the time and sporadically at that due to loose stools concerns.
    Now my question is should I take the D2 which is synthetic as opposed to the D3 which is a natural derivative, which I like to go the natural way but it just doesn’t seem to be the best alternative for me.
    Maybe the drops are a better options?
    My naturalpath prescribed drops, but after three months I only came from 15 to 19.
    The solution is definitely to continue using some vitamin D supplement and look for sources of vitamin D in foods. Salmon is good.

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