My Vitamin D Deficiency
In this post, I wanted to talk about my Vitamin D deficiency which was diagnosed recently. I hope other people who are suffering from chronic pain, mental health problems, the menopause or low immunity to bacteria will find this information useful. The reason is that Vitamin D deficiency symptoms are similar, so they are ignored if you have other medical problems. In my case, the levels of Vitamin D were extremely low, so the problem had been going on for a long time. Consequently, severe conditions can arise if this deficiency isn’t detected.
Here is my personal experience of Vitamin D deficiency.
I have various health problems which make some days uncomfortable, tiring, and filled with pain. I have a disc problem in my back, I’m going through the menopause (don’t get me started!) a complication of shingles which lead to nerve damage and minor anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, I take lots of medication but I had been working on reducing this, adding some core exercises and generally trying to look after myself a little better, and it was working!
Did you notice I said was working?
About six weeks ago I started feeling worse than ever. The pain I usually suffered in my back and shoulder had spread to my whole body and there was terrible stiffness and aching in my fingers and toes. There was a cold I just couldn’t shake off and the hot flushes from the menopause suddenly turned me into a horrible sweaty mess.
My family wanted me to go to the doctor, but the symptoms seemed so random. I thought if I went to see my GP with such a strange list of ailments, he would think I was a complete hypochondriac!
In the end, I had to go. I knew there was something else wrong!
The doctor sent me for blood tests and the results were back the next day.
I have a Vitamin D deficiency, my recording is almost zero and I have to take a prescribed supplement just twice per week for at least six weeks.
I almost hugged the doctor and skipped out of the surgery. Not only did I know what was wrong, but it was also a really quick fix.
Why am I Telling You All This?
The thing is, anyone who suffers from chronic pain could have this deficiency without ever knowing about it. Someone going through the menopause or who suffers from anxiety and depression would not necessarily notice a difference because the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are the same!
All it takes is one blood test to diagnose and it is easily treatable.
I was totally unaware that lack of a vitamin in your body can cause such severe pain. Having researched this, and other deficiencies, I now realise that vitamins are so important.
Even if you are sure that you are getting all the vitamins your body needs, you can never be sure that your body is processing them properly.
How To Increase Levels of Vitamin D In Your Body
Sunlight. Whenever possible sit for fifteen minutes in the sun, without sunblock
Diet. Here are some foods rich in Vitamin D.
Salmon, Herrings, Sardines
3. Supplements This quote is from the NHS guidelines.
Because it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone, many of us risk not getting enough. Taking a supplement helps to keep levels of the vitamin topped up during the colder months.
Who is most likely to be Vitamin D deficient.
1 People with darker skin.
2 Adults over 55
3 Vegans and vegetarians
4 Office Workers
This is a direct quote from University Health News (UHN)
10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself
- Depression or anxiety
- Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
- Fatigue and generalized weakness
- Muscle cramps and weakness
- Joint pain (most noticeable in the back and knees)
- Blood sugar issues
- Low immunity
- Low calcium levels in the blood
- Mood changes and irritability
- Weight gain
8 Signs Your Body Is Begging for Vitamin D Published by BrightSide in December 2018
This Youtube video is concise and informative. It explains Vitamin D deficiency much better than I can! I found it interesting, I hope you do too!
This Vitamin Supplement from Amazon is just $6.49 for a whole year’s supply.
For UK customers, the gel capsules are £12.97 for a years supply. The oral spray (below) is on offer and just £5.40 for 100 daily doses.
I’d really like to hear from anyone else with this vitamin deficiency. What were your symptoms, how did you react to the medication and how are you feeling now?