... consistent pain in my legs and everyday there is a different part where the pain comes up. I also feel that I am not able to think clearly and concentrate on my work. I have been taking 50,000 IU D3 for the last 2 weeks and have seen no improvement. Should I take time off from work, would that help in recovery?
Vitamin D Deficiency - Hi, I was recently tested for Vitamin D and my levels are 5 Ng/ml. I have?
Question posted by Rutvij on 18 Oct 2012
Last updated on 23 August 2016
I suffer from chronic leg pain which has gotten worse with age. I am female, 51 years old. Today my doctor prescribed 1200 IUs per day of Vitamin E which is typically for leg cramps, not consistent pain. I am to see how this works for 2 weeks. I wonder why he did not mention Vitamin D. Has anyone tried E for this purpose?
I was on Vit. D3, 50,000 IU five times a week for over a year. You have a very sharp doctor who recognizes the deficiency. Remember, even if your levels are low normal, they are not in therapeutic range yet, it just means that your body is using your stores up. Everyone else is correct also, you have to take calcium, preferably calcium CITRATE with the Vit. D. Believe it or not, scientists are going back on the NO SUN rule. Sunscreen has caused an entire generation of people to be deficient in Vit. D. Hope that you feel better soon. Also, when you are done with your script of Vit. D, keep taking a supplement daily, about 1,000mg along with your calcium.
D3 has to have calcium with it as well. This is to help metabolize it into what your body needs. Be sure you are taking at least 1200mg calcium per day with calcium rich foods. Dairy, broccoli, chard, etc.
I was at a low rate as well. The doctor had me on the same schedule. He did monitor this closely as too much Vit. D can be toxic.
Was this prescribed for you? Just want to be sure for your health. I too had leg and muscle cramps.
It took about two months to be better. The days get better slowly and steadily. It also helps to get some sun if you are able. Fifteen minutes is all you need daily. If not, keep up the medication and you will improve.
Hello Rutvij, & welcome to the site. Yes, you levels are very low. 2 weeks is not long enough to bring them back up to normal. Sometimes they may have to have you even increase your dose to twice a week to get it up faster. This has happened to my husband who takes 50,000 units every 5 days now because after 3 months his level did not go up enough. Your doctor is the best source of keeping up with your labs to see how you are doing. Ours are checked every 3 months. My husband has been on his dose for over a year now. You also should be taking a calcium supplement. Did your doctor not tell you this? The two work together to help keep your bones strong. I am not a doctor, but would suggest you take at least 1200mg of calcium a day along with the vitamin D. Call your doctor & confirm this, & also ask how often you should have your labs checked. This does take time, so try not to worry too much. Wishing you the best...
Hi Rutvij, vitamin D deficiency sure can cause pain and havoc with our bodies. I also had the same problem, but my doctor had me take a prescription vitamin D, once a week, at 50,000 IU's. If you take too much it can be toxic and cause problems as well as a deficiency. Have you had your levels checked since you started taking the supplement?
You may want to get it checked, you could be taking too much.
(deficiency can cause pain, especially joint pain, at the wrists and other joints)
Get those levels checked and be careful with your supplements.
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