Last summer my regular doctor – per my request – checked my vitamin levels and found I’m low on vitamin D. Really common vitamin D deficiency symptoms include fatigue and joint pain. These symptoms are hard to separate from fibromyalgia. At that time I increased my vitamin D supplement from 1000 to 2000 units a day. (I also take calcium and magnesium regularly.)
Fast forward to after Daylight Saving Time and the holidays and my pain levels had gone back up and my energy levels had gone back down. Per my request, this time my rheumatologist checked my vitamin D levels. LOW! She gave me a prescription for a weekly dose of 50,000 units. (Unfortunately the pills also have artificial colors which is not good for my low histamine diet but I figure once a week for medicine could be worse.)
I’m two days past the second weekly dose and I’m definitely feeling a difference. I have more brain and less pain. Less fatigue, less cloudiness. This is on top of the 2000 units/daily…. It seems to be working.
Low vitamin D is an easy fix and you don’t need to have a chronic illness to have problems with low vitamin D. I’m lead to believe (I say it this way because I haven’t researched it myself.) that some people just don’t process/absorb vitamin D all that well. This has been a reminder that sometimes the problem can actually be fixed AND easily. It’s such a relief!
I’m also glad this got figured out before the neurologist appointment so I can already know about it.