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dollbug posted:
I encourage everyone who is having pain problems to ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level......a simple blood test...and so very
important......This is a test though that you MUST ASK your doctor to do......it is not one of the common tests that they just automatically do.....

Low Vitamin D can cause us FMers additional pain....and there has been a lot of research recently about how important Vitamin D related to other illnesses.....

Your doctor will advise you once the results are back.....as to what you need to do.....
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ceobrien5 responded:
Make sure to get the D, 25-Hydroxy test. And use Vit D3 for supplementation. It is easier for the body to metabolize.
 
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tie_dyed_chick responded:
I had a bunch of tests done awhile back and my vitamin D was VERY low. doc put me on prescription vit D (blue gel) and then was supposed to take these other GIANT vit D that make be gag really bad. I took them for awhile, got tested and it was still low.

I have not gone back to taking these daily ones, I am supposed to take like 4 a day. He told me that not having enough D can cause pain. Well I cannot stand taking these vitamins.

I hate taking anything anyhow and am already on other meds for depression and bipolar, and I am so sick of taking stuff. Now my hormones are very out of whack they want me to take the "pill"...HAHA no way! I am 48 in a few days, never took it before and sure do not plan on taking the pill now.
Karla
 
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1rmouse replied to tie_dyed_chick's response:
Hi Karla, Linda R. here and I was thinking along your lines a few years ago.. now i swear by vit D and what it can do. Give D another chance as it might just change your pain level and symptoms and 'flare' events. D can easy your depression along with the pain and aches.
Please stay with the daily D and in no time at all you will see what a difference D can make in the way you feel over all.. I know taking the D in high dose each day made a real difference in my FM.
Linda R.
 
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bookangel replied to 1rmouse's response:
My Rhum. gave me 50,000 IU once a week (green gel tab). I have noticed a difference. Will have level checked in 2 months.

Do you have to be checked often to make sure you don't get too much?

Bookangel
 
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1rmouse replied to bookangel's response:
Once you are on a high Vitamin D doeses your doctor will reevaluate you every 3-6 months with a new scan. He/ she will go from there to keep the level up in the normal range,
Linda R
 
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MagPrincess replied to 1rmouse's response:
Yeah My Rhuemy Checks mine every three to six months.

Its hard once you have it low to get too high. I was on 50,000 units for six months and only got up to the sixties. I believe it is 200 for toxicity.
 
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1rmouse replied to MagPrincess's response:
I'm waiting for the numbers 4 my test last week, If not at 40 or higherI go back to 50,000 weekly and maybe in liquid as it absorbs much better.. and the Magnesium and Calcium combo is what their telling me is best.
Linda R
 
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MagPrincess replied to 1rmouse's response:
Once you get your vitamin D up I have found anyway that you can tell when it goes down.

I take anywhere from 1000-2000 daily and every tuesday take the 50,000IU

The 50,000 are softgels and are liquid inside so it would absorb the same.

Magensium and calcium are Vitamin D's co conspirators! lol.
 
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1rmouse replied to MagPrincess's response:
When you say that r u saying it in a good way or should I not take as much?
Linda R.
 
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MagPrincess replied to 1rmouse's response:
I think I meant that as a confirmation.

They do say liquid is more absorbable and the prescription strength is liquid so it is highly absorbable its the other Vitamin D supplements that you might want to get in liquid form.

And I meant that Magensium and calcium and vitamin D all work together.
 
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1rmouse replied to MagPrincess's response:
That's what I thought you meant but wasn't sure.. You have been my 'go to' person since my Dec sign in and I will always look into things you post or suggest. On that note: I found the natural calm mag is sold here, (we have no whole foods), @ GNC and will pick some up this afternoon after the snow stops.
I will also get my liquid D there today
Have a good day Erin, you always make mine better.
Linda R
 
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MagPrincess replied to 1rmouse's response:
Awww thanks!!

I used some natural calm last night. i did notice i was more relaxed feeling
 
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dollbug replied to tie_dyed_chick's response:
Hello Karla......MiMi in NC.....you probably need to check on the Vitamin D liquid.....this might be better for you since you do not like taking the pills....the Vitamin D I take are very small ones....they are red...and in gel form....you might also try these too...

I hope you can figure out a way to take the Vitamin D....as I know that this made a BIG difference in my pain levels...

I have learned how to "conrol" my pain by taking vitamins and supplements......I take a magnesium and malate combination supplement, Omegas, Vitamin D, Calcium and Super B complex.....plus others....but these are the ones which I think are most important for FM pain....and as with anything else...it is a process which takes time and effort....you have to allow at least 6 - 8 weeks of taking something before you can decide whether or not it helps....and you must take it everyday...

Good luck and take care...


MiMi
 
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1rmouse replied to dollbug's response:
The pills are very small and very very easy to take, even the high dose ones. I was told that the liquid, for what ever reason, is better absorbed than the liquid in pill form. And adding Omegas 3's and Magnesium and Calcium are must adds to what you already take these days. And you must stay the course and take them as directed everyday.. no missing or skipping.
And yes you have to give these medications at least 8 -10 weeks to show the difference they will make in how you feel. MiMi is dead on with this and I hope you will listen to what she is saying.
Linda R


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