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Vitamin D Deficiency Causes and Cures

For more than 13 years, Cindy founded and owned a company that provided caregiving services to adults, mostly the elderly with dementia.

Several years ago I found myself suffering from extreme fatigue for no apparent reason, and experiencing pain in all my major joints, also for no apparent reason. I found myself unable to function, and fearful that something medically serious had taken control of my failing body. The fatigue and pain continued to increase daily, forcing me to a doctor’s office. After running blood tests, it was determined that my vitamin D levels were seriously low.

Take 8 Pills and Call Me in a Month

The doctor gave me a prescription for 50,000 I.U.’s of vitamin D to be taken twice a week followed by testing again in a month. Only experiencing very minimal improvement, the doctor continued this regimen for another month. By the middle of the second month I had found two things to be true. First, if I took the pills on Sunday and Wednesday, then I felt pretty good on Monday and Thursday. And second, the pain returned with a vengeance on Tuesday and Friday. This cycle repeated itself the following week. I called the doctor’s office and explained to them what was happening and that I felt this was not working. And since I had only one more week on this regimen perhaps we needed to consider other options. What do you think happened?

That’s right! They brushed me off and told me to continue taking the medication just as the doctor had prescribed. Now I ask you this, why would I want to do something even if a doctor is telling me to when it only makes me feel better 2 out of 7 days? And we are talking about the kind of fatigue that sends you to bed because movement hurts, and pain that keeps you from sleeping. What I didn’t share with you earlier is the incident that finally forced me to go see the doctor in the first place.

One of Those Embarrassing Moments

I had literally been forcing myself through sheer will power to accomplish the things I was able to accomplish each day. But that forcing always came at a price - sometimes a steep price. I had gone outside and was pulling weeds in one of the raised vegetable beds in my yard. After just a few minutes, I was so tired, I just curled up beside the bed to rest. The cool grass felt very refreshing to my aching and tired body. When my neighbor who was driving by saw me laying out in the yard . . . well, you can imagine . . . it was embarrassingly obvious that something needed to be done.

After 7 1/2 weeks, I felt that I had done my part, but also felt that my doctor was letting me down. So I decided to take things into my own hands. I began reading articles about how much vitamin D was enough and how much was too much. One thing I discovered was that although vitamin D is a water soluble vitamin, vitamin D toxicity is very rare. So I had very little to fear in that realm, especially since the doctor was prescribing 50,000 I.U. at one time and that was considered to be safe. After much study, I decided to take 20,000 I.U. two times a day.

What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency?

After just a couple days I started experiencing major improvements in my symptoms, and after 3-4 weeks, my energy levels resumed and my pain levels returned to my normal every day aches and pains. But doctors have never figured out what caused the problem. My studies had indicated that normal causes for vitamin D deficiency were:

  • Not enough time out in the sun - the sun provides most people with adequate amounts of vitamin D in less than 20 minutes per day. Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin because it is created by the body’s reaction to sunlight.
  • Having naturally dark skin
  • Milk allergies –most milk is fortified with vitamin D to help with the absorption of calcium
  • Vegetarian diet – Most natural sources of vitamin D are animal based: fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks
  • Problems with the kidneys can prevent them from converting vitamin D into a useable form
  • Medical problems such as Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease affect the body's ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Obesity - fat cells pull vitamin D out of the blood making it unavailable to the rest of the body

There are also other substances that affect the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D. These include:

  • Antacids – can make vitamin D less available for the body to utilize
  • Calcium Channel Blockers – prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions can decrease the body’s ability to produce vitamin D
  • Cholestyramine – this cholesterol-lowering medication interferes with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Phenobarbital, phenytoin, and other anticonvulsant medications – may accelerate how the body uses vitamin D.
  • Mineral oil – interferes with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Weight loss products containing orlistat may interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Foods containing olestra may also interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D

Not Alone in My Vitamin D Deficiency

I had none of these causes to blame for my deficiency. After several months, I tapered off the vitamin D supplementation and was doing fine . . . for about a year. The symptoms returned and the doctors still had no explanation and no other treatment other that what had previously been tried. And we know how well that worked. But I tried it her way for a month, after which point I returned to my way and soon once again obtained relief from my symptoms.

But what amazed me was that over the next few months, I ran across several other women ranging in ages between 25-60 who were also vitamin D deficient for unknown reasons. And up until I had first experienced it, I had never heard of anyone having this problem, at least not in the U.S.

Health Problems Caused by Vitamin D Deficiency

How important is vitamin D? Obviously for me, I experience fatigue and joint pain. But not having enough vitamin D can also lead to a disease called rickets. Rickets causes soft bones and bone deformities. Remember, earlier I mentioned that vitamin D helped with the absorption of calcium. Not having enough calcium causes soft bones, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

My studies found that bone pain (joint pain) and muscle weakness (extreme fatigue) can indicate a vitamin D deficiency. Maybe you could say that I was one of the lucky ones. For others, the symptoms can be much more subtle and sneaky. Low blood levels of vitamin D have been linked to include:

  • Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults
  • Asthma in children
  • Cancer

Additionally, research is also suggesting it to have an impact on the prevention and treatment of:

  • diabetes (type 1 and 2)
  • high blood pressure
  • glucose intolerance
  • multiple sclerosis.

Pretty serious stuff any way you look at it.

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In March of 2011, I saw an article that stated, “24% of people in the U.S. are at risk for inadequate blood levels of Vitamin D.” It also stated that only 1% of the population had blood levels that were considered to be too high. But I still saw nothing new for the cause of my vitamin D deficiency. The article did indicate that males were less likely to have a deficiency.

So I still remain in limbo, as do the other ladies I know who share in my perplexity. But I have been able to control the problem with the regimen that I have laid out for myself. I do occasionally take breaks from my supplementation in order to reduce my chances of toxicity. It has probably been six months and I can tell that it is time to begin again.

A Light Comes On

As I write this, I've had a revelation. I see that I might be at risk for some of the symptoms that are more subtle, and I think it will be wise for me to continue my vitamin D supplementation indefinitely but at a lower dose. I fear if I wait until it becomes bad enough to exhibit such drastic symptoms that I am putting myself at risk for some of those more subtle problems.

If you find yourself suffering from vitamin D deficiency, I wish I had a better answer for you. I wish the doctors had a better answer for me. But, if you feel that you are in the 24% of people who are at risk, and you are noticing any of these symptoms, please see your doctor. Don’t wait until your neighbor sees you laying out in the yard!

Vitamin D Deficiency Can Become Life Threatening

Author's Note: I was just diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013. Upon further investigation, I have discovered that my deficiency could be the cause. Just do a search on the internet and you will find many instances of this being documented. I have provided a few links for you below:

These are just a few. There are many more. It certainly makes me wonder.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Cindy Murdoch

Comments: "Vitamin D Deficiency Causes and Cures"

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Xanton, getting levels checked when you supplement D is important. It can build up in your system. Unlike certain vitamins, the body cannot rid itself of excess.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Thanks for sharing this info, Laurie.

Jennifer C from Ontario, Canada on January 15, 2019:

I live in an area where there is not a lot of sunshine. Sometimes we go days without any. These dark days really take a toll on me. I start to feel very fatigued to the point where I can hardly function.

Thank you for this article. It's a bit of an eye-opener for me. I'm thinking I should start taking vitamin D supplements.

karen jansen on May 23, 2018:


Laurie Party on October 08, 2017:

I was having joint pain in my knees, shoulder and neck and numbness in my arm when I would bend over. It was too the point I could bearly move my neck and was in constant pain. It was so hard to hold my head up it was causing me problems at work. Sometimes, I could hardly lift my cup to take a drink. When I went to the doctor, my vitamin D levels were low but still within normal so my doctor dismissed that as being the problem. She sent me for xrays, mri/mra and a neuroligist which none revealed anything wrong. She then sent me to a physical therapist. Which didnt help at all. I then started doing my own research and decided to try the vitamin D. Within days I started feeling better; however, I was still having some back pain/aches. I then decided to add a magnesium supplement, which made a huge difference. When I stopped taking the vitamin D, my levels went from 65 to 30 in just two months. So, the question was why. I had gone to the doctor for a tick bite, that produced a rash with the bulls eye, but when tested, I only had produced 4 out of 5 markers which would indicate lymes; however, with my symptoms, she indicated she believed that I still had it and that this was a reactivated lymes. She had put me on antibiotics years ago for a tick bite. My research revealed that there is no test for lymes that is truly accurate, but I did find that those who have lymes deficient in Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc, B6 & B12.

Heather on August 19, 2016:

How did you convince your doctor that changing the dosage might be the answer?

Xanton on December 20, 2015:

Step by step guide:

1. Check your d-levels.

2. If insufficient = take does of 5000ie+sun atleast 30mins everyday in summer. In winter= take 6-8000Ie of d3/day. If levels below 20ng/ml, use 10-15k d3/day for 2-3 weeks to get a spurt to reach your optimal levels faster, which should be 60-80 ng/ml all year round.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 09, 2014:

Thanks JT. It is very important for sure.

JT Walters from Florida on April 28, 2014:

Hi Homesteadbound,

This is an exceptionally well researched and well written article. I did not understand the need for vitamin D and what health issues vitamin d deficiencies caused. Thank you for educating me.


Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on March 20, 2014:

Nichole A, See my post above. Florida is not a tropic or sub-tropic area . Hawaii is a sub-tropic area. If you go to a doctor they can measure your vitamin D level and if it is low, give you 50,000 IU a day to bring it up.

Also the D'Action Group says that to avoid the problems of not enough vitamin D, people need "lifeguard levels" of vitamin D. Lifeguards are out in the sun 5 days a week for most of the day.

Also if you are outside in a bathing suit in Florida during the summer around noon for 2 hours, you would get around 35,000 IU of vitamin D.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on March 20, 2014:

Nichole - you are not alone. I continue to take 10,000 IU every day and still run on the low side. And from what I have been reading lately, our body absorbs even less as we age, so that is something else to consider.

Nichole A on March 08, 2014:

I looked everywhere for information like this! After several recent miscarriages I was sent to a fertility specialist and had a battery of tests performed. The conclusion was hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. I was blown away by both diagnosis's but as for the vitamin D... I can't see how it is possible for me to be deficient! I live in south Florida (where it is 80 in January quite frequently). I am outside at the pool, beach or playground with kiddos at least twice a week, but often it's more frequent, and only use sunscreen if I have been out for hours and feel like I need it. I'm getting PLENTY of "bikini style" sunshine and I'm white with blond hair and blue eyes (but freakishly never burn). I will say that I grew up in Maine and always dealt with SAD (winter depression) so maybe it will take a lifetime of sunshine to make up for it?! Thanks for the info and glad I'm not alone!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 28, 2014:

Thanks for the info, Chuck!

Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on January 14, 2014:

The closer to the equator that people live, the less cancer they get due to vitamin D. All primates, except humans, live in the tropics or sub-tropics. In the U.S. the only sub-tropic area is Hawaii. They live longer than people in the other states.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 13, 2014:

I have not found a specialist that I have been able to turn to. I understand your concern ... especially the more I learn about cancer and its causes. Wishing you luck. If you figure out what kind of specialist can help you, please come back and let us know.

Peace2 on January 09, 2014:

This article and the commenting feedback have been very educational for me. I have recently been diagnoses with extremely low levels of Vit. D. -- not surprised since I live in the NW and avoid the sun due to past history of cancer. Not sure what test was used and was told to take 3,000 mg Vit. D per day for 2 months. Researching this condition is making me a bit nervous due to having breast, ovarian and thyroid cancers in past 15 years. I really want to get ahold of this issue and get my levels to normal. Are there particular specialists that can deal with this? -- my physician is an internist.

Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on August 09, 2013:

It was about the statement saying that you need 20 minutes of sunshine a week to get enough vitamin D like it does not matter where you live. From Marion Langley.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 08, 2013:

I am not sure what statement you are referring to Chuck, but I live in Texas and we get plenty of sun.

Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on June 30, 2013:

That statement is a Rain Man statement. They asked Rain Man how much a candy bar costs and he said about $100. They asked how much a car costs and he said about $100.

If you live at the latitude of Boston and lie naked outside all of the time 24/7 for 3 months around the first day of winter, you get no vitamin D. At the latitude of Montreal, there are 5 months of the year where you can not get any vitamin D. Depends on many factors that determine UV index.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on June 30, 2013:

What a wonderful compliment, Marion! I could think of nothing that I would want my writing to do than to help someone think about something in a way that they had not before. Thanks so much for stopping by. I do agree with you. There has to be something different, because this did not used to be a problem. I have vitamin D problems with a tan line. Definitely getting enough sun ....

marion langley from The Study on June 29, 2013:

As a mom I was running across a lot of articles in parenting magazines about the kids getting enough vitamin D. Seemed like Vitamin D supplements were flooding the drugstore isle. I looked up how much sunlight was needed to make sufficient qualities and it was 20 minutes over the course of a week. We get that walking too and from our cars I imagine. There must be something interfering with our absorbtion! You got me thinking; thanks for writing.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 27, 2013:

Skyjonahmom - I am no medical expert, but it would never hurt to get a second opinion, especially since you seem to be receiving conflicting information.

Skyjonahmom on May 16, 2013:

I got blood work done at a health fair. I found out my vitamin d level was a 12. I have been tired and my legs hurt. My doctor said it is a bit low and put me on 2000 iu a day. I asked if this would help me gain back some energy and he said most likely not. He said it just gets low in the winter. The doctor said my energy levels are low because of something else maybe a sleep disorder? Help! Should I get another opinion? I don't think I have a sleeping problem.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 11, 2013:

I am so glad that you found relief, calajbehr.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 11, 2013:

So sorry to hear about your puppy. It is often harder to see animals suffer because they are so dependent on us.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 11, 2013:

Thanks so much mercuryservices.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 11, 2013:

I was taking prescription Vitamin D twice a week, but found myself suffering from severe pain and extreme fatigue. It did not help me in the long run, I hope that it does help you. I wish you luck in this journey. It is truly a hard one to travel. The fatigue and pain is so very debilitating.

cbpoet from Las Vegas, Nevada on May 08, 2013:

Very interesting hub. I lived for five years in Iowa as a child and had a puppy who developed rickets. Thanks for sharing some interesting facts on what deficiencies could have caused this terrible disease.

Carla J Swick from NW PA on May 08, 2013:

Hi, I had Vitamin D def. as well with a blood level of 4. I live in NWPA so I'm pretty sure it was lack of sunlight. I felt like I was in a coma. Prescription D worked wonders. Thanks for sharing. cjb

Anna on May 07, 2013:

I recently found out I have low Vitamin D. The doctor found it out via blood test. I had symptoms of always being tired ( I am 28) so I shouldn't be tired like that. After a full night's rest, I felt I could sleep all day. That is not how I usually am, so it prompted me to go get things checked out. They have put me on a vitamin D prescription that I have to take once a week for a year. They have not stated why it is low or if this will even fix it. I will say this I feel better up until 2 days prior to taking it again. I can feel my fatigue getting worse which has signaled to me that it is getting low. It is quite annoying but hopefully this prescription will help in the long run..."hopefully!"

Alex Munkachy from Honolulu, Hawaii on May 05, 2013:

Good research and well written hub.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 05, 2013:

Barbat - I think it is harder to stay on top of our nutrition as our soils become depleted and we are not able to get the nutrition we once could from foods. This requires us to find other ways to supplement.

I don't write as much as I once did because life has gotten in the way, but I hope you do enjoy what you find here.

B A Tobin from Connnecticut on May 04, 2013:

The pleasure is mine! It is funny how I got all wrapped up in the nutrition of a reptile and while I take the normal multi vitamin and also supplements, as well as eating healthy foods, I see now how we (humans) must be even more aware of our own needs and body reactions. Thank you again for sharing with everyone! I will be looking for more of your writing. Thanks once more and take care!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 04, 2013:

Barbat79 - pleased that you found this information to be invaluable. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 04, 2013:

Chuck - I do believe that if at all possible we should get all of our nutrition from natural sources such as food, and in the case of Vitamin D, from the sun. I live in Texas, so I have the ability to receive plenty of sun, but my body does not absorb it as it should. It may have at one point, but it no longer does. I do not believe that a tanning bed via the salons is the answer because that is too much UV exposure. I grew up in a farming community and many of the farmers suffer from skin cancer, so the extended exposure to UV rays is not advisable making tanning beds inadvisable. So that leaves only supplementation which is working for me and others that I have heard from. Thanks for sharing your views on this.

Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on May 03, 2013:

My article on vitamin D suggests 8,000 IU a day-- that is 56,000 IU a week as a general idea for most people. But doctors can prescribe more and keep testing someone's blood levels. The amount you can get from food is not enough. Then with the sunlight people are limited by the UV index.

D'action Group says that people need lifeguard levels of vitamin D. Get it? Lifeguards are out in the sun a big part of the day. At the latitude of Boston, there are 3 months of the year where people cannot get any vitamin D from sunlight.

There is one reason for not enough vitamin D. People live too far from the equator. For millions of years all humans lived in Africa. What percentage of people need to be affected for it to be a pandemic. I do not know but Wikipedia says under Dr Holick ( I am now writing an article on him and vitamin D) that there is a vitamin D deficiency pandemic. One of my articles explains that I live in Southern Arizona and sunbathe a lot.

Dr Holick also says that sun bathing creates co-factors that help the vitamin D to work better. He wrote the Vitamin D Solution and many years ago wrote the UV Advantage. There is only one U.S. state that is tropical-- Hawaii. That is the state with the longest living people. There is always a chance that what a pill says on the label is not right. Dr Mercola says that if people cannot get enough from the sun, they should use those tanning salons, before using a pill.

B A Tobin from Connnecticut on May 03, 2013:

Your hub is fantastic. The info in this is invaluable. The facets of vitamin D I just began a bit with for nutrition of a tortoise I hadn't realized d3 is needed to absorb calcium. Your hub brings this to a reality. human. I am sorry you had to go through that, but glad you found your health and shared this. Take care!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 19, 2013:

It is amazing how fatigued a person can actually get from the lack of a vitamin like vitamin D that we are supposed to be able to get all we need from being in the sun. Great health to you as well, FlourishAnyway!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 19, 2013:

Just Suggestions - Thanks so much for stopping by. I a glad you enjoyed the article. I can very well believe that fibromyalgia and vitamin D deficiency could be related. They both cause pain and fatigue.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 18, 2013:

Great hub, homesteadbound! I also have Vitamin D deficiency, even with 50,000 IU doses, and have MS. Because of all of my reading on health topics, I initiated testing for Vitamin D levels and found I was way low. My doctors never thought to test for it, in spite of extreme exhaustion. They just figured the fatigue was an MS symptom. I can identify with your wanting to lay down in the grass. Stay healthy and kind regards. Voted up and more!

Sunsira Peoples from the Universe on April 18, 2013:

Good hub! I recently had to take vitamin D because it was very low and my reason which I don't mind sharing which I did not see mentioned is those who have fibromyalgia tend to have low vitamin D levels. Therefore, if you been having pain, headaches, fatigue, sleeplessness, cracking, aching bones with negative results from mri's, ct scans etc chances are you have fibromyalgia and your doctor will or should check your vitamin D levels they are probably low. Taking it did make me feel 20-30% better. Good Luck.

Hussyexeks on April 10, 2013:

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Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 05, 2013:

I hope you are able to get relief soon. Good luck!

Ally on March 28, 2013:

Im 21 years old and have been dealing with all the symtoms and heartache you all have been going through for about 3 years now . On top of being vitamin D deficient I am anemic . I am currently on 50,000 units of vit d 3X a week .... My levels were at 15. My doctors and yes it's plural still don't know what's wrong with me but continue to do blood work after blood work. Someone please email me . I would love to discuss people with the same problem as me and KNOW how I feel .

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on March 21, 2013:

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, Dorriet101. I am not sure if D3 supplementation helps mood or not, but not being in constant pain and not dealing with constant fatigue could definitely have an impact on mood.

Dorriet001 on March 19, 2013:

I originally had unexplained muscle and joint pain that would come and go that was never explained. Various tests were negative, RA, Lymes, you name it, I had the test. I've had various doctors diagnose me with 'frozen shoulder', sprains, possible tendonitis, but my travelling symtoms went away once I was diagnosed with very low vitamin D - moderately severe deficiency. I was told to take 5000 IU D3 daily and did so for a year. I cut down to 2000 IU D3 and took it faithfully for another 3 mths. As an experiment, I tapered off and eventually took nothing for a period of a month or more. Not good. Random symtoms resurfaced - joint pain, muscle pain - inflamed joints - random in my fingers, second toe, shoulder, neck...back. I live in NY, Hawaiian decent, eat well, history of Kidney neuphritis when child due to Hong Kong flu, my sister has battled RA for 30 yrs...not sure why the D3 works but I started back on it again. I get enough sun, eat fairly well but I do suffer from poor sleep maybe 5 to 6 hrs night on average. I think that no matter how much sun a person gets or modification to food diet, each person is different as per their ability to absorb vitamin D. As you mention, Kidney deficiencies can impact ability to absorb Vitamin D - therefore I'm starting to believe that each person needs to find their own cocktail of what works for them. My doctor seems to have thought that my taking 5000 IU was fine and then taper off....I don't believe this. My body obviously hasn't been triggered to absorb it in natural I will stick will build up by taking the 5,000 and eventually will reduce to 2000 IU for regular maintenance for the rest of my life....Also I notice a difference in mood. I don't believe you mention this. When steadyily taking the supplement, my mood is uplifted, calm and am able to focus, think more clearly. I noticed coming off of the supplement, changes to mood etc. Unless I hear that there are negative effects that are serious, in my experience, taking the pure D3 will be part of my life. I don't want to suffer anymore and I'm sorry but the doctors that I have seen over time are so fixed on diagnosing something in their 'swim lane' that I feel that I've been repeatedly misdiagnosed and nothing has worked for my symptoms other than the supplement. Thank you for keeping this string going...much appreciated.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on February 04, 2013:

Thanks, raising humans!

SerratedSmeg on January 29, 2013:

Great article! Thanks for Sharing! I was wondering if you or any of your followers would be able to offer me some advice. I live in the north of Engalnd and am currently undergoing investigations for Vitamin D deficiency after going to the docs with many of the symptoms you have described (muscle weakness, general fatigue, bone ache etc). My first test came back at 10.5. I was prescribed 40,000 i.u to take daily for a week and then another blood test. The difference was negligable at 11. I'm back on the 40, 000 and again blood tests came back at 11.5. So although they are increasing they hardly seem to be doing anything. I appreciate that it is a dark horrible winter here in the U.K, however I have been going on the sunbed once a week (as advised by the doc) to help increase the levels. If I try to google my symptoms it tells me ways of increasing my levels but no matter what I do there doesn't seem to be much difference. Also my ESR (inflamation levels) are high. What can be causing this? What can I do to help my Vitamin D levels increase? I seem to be stuck and I just want to get my life back. I'm a white female, 33yrs old, not obese although I am heavier than I would want to be (10stone 8llbs - I don't know what this is in American!) and 5ft 3". I've got 2 kids (if this makes a difference!?). I'm just fed up of no answers and not being able to do anything! Thanks in advance to anyone who has taken the time to read and respond :)

raising humans from North Carolina on January 23, 2013:

Great hub! I take Vitamin D-3 every day (as well as give it to my children) to help our immune systems as well. It is such an important vitamin! I hope you are able to continue to effectively manage your symptoms with this vitamin regimen!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 21, 2013:

Thanks Kris. It really is on the rise.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 28, 2012:

Great article and very useful information. Vitamin D deficiency is more common than most realize and so often it's hard to know if one has it without a doctor testing it. Voted up and sharing:)

Carla J Swick from NW PA on December 26, 2012:

I had the same experience and thank goodness my doctor was smart enough to test me. I wrote about my experience too - getting the prescription strength D made all the different in my life. Thanks for the hub.

Shanti Perez from Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. on December 26, 2012:

Great article! Lots of information and ideas.

Jaggedfrost on December 26, 2012:

Things are not as bad as they were before but I work over night and I wonder if the details of vitamin might still be at play . I have other medical concerns that often make a recluse out of me. I appreciated the thoroughness of this article. I sometimes wonder whether sleep problems and vitamin d problems could be linked and that if one didn't have someone to monitor their sleep paterns that such problems would go unnoticed.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 26, 2012:

Tricia Ward - I a pleased that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for sharing about your friend's little girl.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 26, 2012:

Jaggedfrost - that is very interesting. Sleep deprivation can be so very detrimental to your health. I am happy that you were able to get the help that you needed.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 26, 2012:

xceedcarentals - the main source of vitamin D - the only one that most people need - is 15-20 minutes in the sun. It really is that easy to get your vitamin D. Milk is also fortified with vitamin D.

Tricia from Scotland on December 26, 2012:

This is a really interesting hub. I have a friend whose little girl suffered from a deficiency largely due to being vegan and staying out of the sun. Well done. Hope you are doing well now.

Jaggedfrost on December 25, 2012:

I have problems with this from time to time. I was put on the prescription D, it helped a bit but then it was discovered that I had a breathing problem that prevented proper sleep. I was prescribed a CPap and things have gotten much better.

Jagpal Dhaliwal from Brampton on December 25, 2012:

awesome hub. But i have a question in my mind that what are the main sources of vitamin D apart from pills and drugs.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 23, 2012:

Thanks, Middy and Slibrera!

SLibrera from Clearwater, FL on December 05, 2012:

I have low vitamin D and appreciate the info in the article. I actually have a neurological condition and its normal to have low D and B12.

Middy on November 30, 2012:

I am, too! I just found out that I have a D deficiency and my husband made the point that my skin is white but my genes are not! It's just a theory, I can't find any information about it. It's an interesting theory!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on November 30, 2012:

As a matter of fact, Middy, I am partially Native American. Do you think that has something to do with it?

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on November 30, 2012:

I hope it helps. Good luck, geetbim!

Middy on November 29, 2012:

Are you of Native American descent?

sangeeta verma from Ludhiana India on November 28, 2012:

Hi homesteadbound!

Great job you have done, by doing research about your pain, and found the solution, thanks for sharing valuable information. It will be of great help for those who is having joint pains that is not related to R. A.

I too have a joint and muscular pain, I went to physician, after doing blood test he prescribed the medicine for R.A, when I checked the result it was not showing the positive result when I asked Dr. he said in some cases result do not show positive but your symptoms are all of R.A with medicine mine pain is gone but do occur sometimes, after reading your hub I feel to give a try for Vit D, since it has no side effects and let me see the change.


Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on November 24, 2012:

Thanks, Chris. I do occasionally supplement with magnesium when I start getting leg and foot cramps at night, so I very well may be on the low end. Thanks for stopping by!

Chris Telden from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. on November 22, 2012:

One association I read about was between chronic vitamin D deficiency that's hard to treat with supplementation and magnesium deficiency/insufficiency. It's a stretch, but you might want to see if you're on the low end of the range in your magnesium levels. I'm no health professional, but I understand it's rare to actually have a low blood level of magnesium (one of those life or death things, I take it) so a level at the low end of the range could be telling. It's a thought, anyway! Good luck. (I also recently tested low on vitamin D, thus my finding your hub. You're a very good writer, by the way - great job!)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 26, 2012:

FullOfLoveSites - Glad you enjoyed it! The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D for most folks! So glad you stopped by!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 23, 2012:

iguidenetwork - so glad I was able to give some info that you can use. This has been a very serious thing for me!

FullOfLoveSites from United States on August 22, 2012:

Now I'll go out and soak under the sun more every day, as long as it's in the morning. It's the best way to get vitamin D and it's free of charge! Plus you can do some exercise in the morning to help our bones stronger and lift our moods up. Thanks for the very informative and useful hub

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 22, 2012:

Now I know about the foods which are vitamin D inhibitors! Thanks for the useful hub, it's great. :)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 18, 2012:

Yes, thanks to both of you!

E.A. Shubsda from Liverpool, NY on August 17, 2012:

Thanks to Healthy Pursuits for the correction that Vitamin D is indeed a fat soluble vitamin and not water soluble. This means that you can overdose on Vitamin D via pills because it stays in the body and the extra amount taken in does not end up in urin during elimination because it is not water soluble. There is a New York times article that explains the potential side effects. Just go to New York and search for Vitamin D.

CorrenaIngraham on August 17, 2012:

I just came across your hub. It was very interesting and very informative. I have to tell you what happened to me. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Vitamin D diff. as well. I am diabetic type 2, doctor prescribed Vit D 50,000 iu's once a week. I have been doing this for a long time. I would take it on Saturday and usually didn't notice it was a little better til Monday, but Tuesday I was right back where I was. I have recently been doing a lot research on nutrition because well, let me back up a bit. For years I was on a lot of meds, and as of about 2 years ago I was taking 14 different meds. I had enough, and took my health in my own hands (with doctors knowledge) and it took me a year and a half but I am off all my meds except 2 diabetic meds, and the Vit D. Anyways, now I am researching healthy eating, getting off processed food and eating real food, and eventually getting off my diabetic meds as well. For the Vit D. you opened up my mind to start researching this more too. I am thinking that maybe I need a daily consistent dose of Vit D. I also have fibromyalgia. Now last time I went to the doctors, he told me my Vit D numbers were in the lower normal range, mind you I have been doing this for years and they were never up to that normal numbers until the last time. But, I believe it has a lot to do with how I am trying to change my eating healthier. I believe there is a link between all the preservatives they put in food as well that causes vit difficiencies. I am in process of researching all this and will find out. But, thank you so much, your hub has encouraged me to keep looking. I hope you come to an overall solution to your issue as well, it has been nice finding you. Take care of yourself and God bless. Correna

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 15, 2012:

ellen - I would have to suggest that you talk to your doctor to see if you can come up with a solution to this problem. I wish you the best. Thanks for stopping by!

ellen deaton on August 15, 2012:

my problem is that Vit D3 supplements make me sick. Very big problem. Any suggestions?

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 12, 2012:

BlissfulWriter - although I live in Texas, I have not been able to get enough sun to manufacture the vitamin.

taazakhabar - I am pleased that you enjoyed the article and took the time to share your thoughts.

Kalux - Thanks for stopping by!

Kalux from Canada on August 12, 2012:

Very informative, thank you.

taazakhabar from New Delhi, India on August 12, 2012:

Wow awesome . My complements for hitting the nail on the head. Vit D deficiency is a real problem which besides everything else hampers the absorption of calcium.

BlissfulWriter on August 11, 2012:

Natural sources of vitamin D that I like is sun exposure and I like eating sardines for vitamin D. Although cod liver oil is advertised as having vitamin D, the amount is actually not a lot (look at the bottle label and compare the amount with pills).

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 08, 2012:

Peter - I am so happy that you have been able to resolve the issue and now will be able to find some relief. I had suspected adrenal fatigue at one time when I was going thru all of this as well. So it is good information to have here. They both make you extremely fatigued. Thanks for stopping back by!

Peter, from Devon UK on August 08, 2012:

By the way, I ought to mention I now realise I had been suffering from Adrenal fatigue, thought it was many other things (as you tend to when ill). Strangely one of those instances where you are cured first and then you realise what the problem was afterwards, it had in fact been going on for 12 years but had gotten noticeably more debilitating in the last 2 years.

So hopefully my first post does-ish fit in with this discussion.

Peter, from Devon UK on July 29, 2012:

I dont know if this is relevant, I have been very active all my life, I am 50 yrs old now , up until I was 47 I was doing weights, street skating and generally enjoying being a doer, but not crazy like. About 2 years ago I started to lose energy badly and began a period of chronic fatigue, couldn'nt do a thing, felt really weak all the time, even mowing the lawn left me exhausted.

To cut to the chase, I thought it might be Sickle cell trait etc etc. Took all sorts of vitamins inc Folic acid which quickly made me quite ill. Anyway started taking a time released multi vitamin and mineral tablet, 1/2 in the morning and the other half in evening. I very mysteriously and quite quickly began to regain my strength, and have not physically crashed since . I now believe that less is more in some cases and that one vitamin complements the behaviour of another, whereas sometimes taken on their own they can be quite toxic, ie Folic acid, my body just could not handle this vitamin on its own even in small doses.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on June 13, 2012:

Young Gates - It really is amazing how so many things, not just vitamin D, affect us. Our bodies are so finely tuned and intricately balanced!

Miss Paula - It is always best to check with your doctor. They can help you with blood tests and find underlying causes and illnesses.

Thanks to both of your for stopping by!

Miss Paula on June 13, 2012:

Thanks I'll check with my doctor first before taking any Thanks GOD BLESS!!!!!!!

YoungGates from Virginia Beach, VA on June 13, 2012:

It is really hard to understand how much vitamin D affects you. It is one of the key vitamins and it affects so many bodily functions and systems.

luck04 on June 12, 2012:

Thanks for your reinforcement of prevention. Over the past year I have been found to be low with vit D (50,000 works for me). No one has offered why. Recently, pains began again, so I decided to take over the counter stuff and in a few days it helped the pains stop and now I hope to add it to my regimen. Over a year ago I tapered off a long term steroid treatment, I wonder if it is the cause. Doctors have not said these were linked, but I wanted to see if others with low d had been on steroids too?

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on June 11, 2012:

It really is hard to understand how much lack of vitamin D actually does affect us. I hope your daughter is also able to find the ultimate answer for her lack.

ThussaysNanaMarie from In my oyster on June 08, 2012:

Great hub! I only stumbled on it and found it very informative and well written. Thanks for all the research and for sharing it with us.

My daughter (20)also had vd def and as I had never heard of the more complex cases I could not have imagined her joint pains to be due to vd def.

I have read this hub to her and she is so relieved that there are others like her. It has empowered her and convinced her to take the medications. After three months on vd she is now on calcichew-d3 forte. She says she feels much better than she has in a long time.

Interesting that it is actually a hormone. You learn so much on the hubs.

Certainly voted up.

Chris H on June 07, 2012:

I am a guy, 45 years old, get a lot of time in the sun, but have tested vitamin D deficient (low 20s) last three years. I also suffer for severe, debilitating anxiety/depression, sleep apnea, and am completely dysfunctional (hard for me even to talk to people every day). Anyway, was taking an under the tongue variety D-3 and it never did anything. But a few days ago, I started taking Carlson's cod-liver oil-based D-3 capsules. I could be imagining it, but the last couple of days, I have felt markedly better. Less fatigued, less pain, less feelings of introversion. I am loathe to attribute it to this, but right now, I'm feeling a bit better than I've felt in a long time, and I've tried just about every antidepressant out there (getting ready to go on Nardil since nothing else has worked.) I'll give this a go for a month or so. Hoping for the best. Would be wonderful if it worked. Absolutely crushed by this condition, with little sense of what to do.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on June 02, 2012:

Laurel Lee - I am glad you enjoyed this hub! I am sorry to hear that the vitamin D regimen is not providing you with any relief. It is important to get it under control because it can cause softening of the bones among other things. I hope you and your doctor are able to find a dosage that is able to help you. Good luck in your search for the answer.

Laurel Lee on May 31, 2012:

This is a great hub. I also was recently diagnosed as having low levels of Vit. D, and am just finishing up my 2 months of 50,00 iu of D2 a week and 2,000 iu of D3 daily. I'm anxious to see what new blood tests reveal, because I really don't feel any noticeable change.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 25, 2012:

oceansider - I think that 15 minutes a day in the sun is good for most people, but that is not the case for me. It is interesting that many more people are suffering from vitamin D deficiency than they used to, but then again, it could be that people felt these things and it was not being checked therefore went undiagnosed. Or it could be as our soil becomes depleted, we are eating food that is less nutritious overall. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

MizBejabbers - I grew up in the panhandle of Texas and spent all summer out in the fields chopping cotton and other crops so I too have had alot of sun exposure. But you are right, if the sunscreen blocks it, what are we to do. I do try to avoid getting burned though as I know that is not healthy and it is pretty darned uncomfortable. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your concern.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 23, 2012:

I am glad that you brought out the frequency of this problem. I didn't realize that it was so prevalent. Both my husband and I were diagnosed with Vit. D deficiency. We suffered from some health problems and didn't get out in the sun much for about five years. We started doing more outside activities last year, and wouldn't you know it, I popped up with more precancerous lesions on my face and arms. I used to live in West Texas and bake in the sun, so now I'm paying for it. Please, homesteadbound, use sunscreens or you may end up like me. Sunscreens block the absorbsion of vitamin D, so what is one to do?

@ Healthy Pursuits: Do you know if barium destroys the villi in the intestines?

oceansider on May 22, 2012:

Wonderful hub on vitamin D! Thank you!

I asked my doctor recently if the vitamins I was taking were good enough.(I take Trader Joe's women's formula). Well, she told me I should probably take vitamin D supplement, and I saw that it was not in my multiple vitamin & mineral supplement, so I got the vitamin D & take it every day now. She also mentioned that 15 minutes in the sun per day is normally enough vitamin D. I voted this hub up, interesting & useful! Excellent writing!

Take care,


Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 22, 2012:

webdesignseoppc09 - I hope you are able to gain some relief for the condition!

Anne Losch - It can make you very tired!

Thanks to both of your for stopping by and sharing a comment!

Anne Losch from Illinois on May 22, 2012:

I know someone exactly the same. The doctor prescribed 50,000 units of over the counter vitamin D supplements. His count did go up but he was still deficient and extremely fatigued.

webdesignseoppc09 from Austin, Texas on May 21, 2012:

great article, i'm actually suffering from vd deficiency

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