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Hello, for a few months i experience pain in my lower and upper back and my arms and hands and i have sleep problems (usually fall asleep fine, but wake up after 1-3 hours and then have difficulties to sleep again). Did MRI's for my back and EMG for my arms&hands all came fine, did all kind of blood checks that also came fine (without vitamin D check at this point because the doctor sad it is irrelevant to pains and sleep disorders). At his point i was told i probably have fibromyalgia, after reading online i insisted on having vitamin D check, and the results of VITAMIN D (25-OH) were : 35.2 nmol/L i was prescribed 30 drops of 400UI once a week for 4 weeks. I prey that my problems are duo the lack of vitamin D and i dont have fibromyalgia. I took my first dose yesterday and until today there is no change. Is the prescribed treatment right for me? (should i take more?) When can i see any improvement? sorry for my "broken" English :) Best regards, Michael

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Asked by  Michaelshapira19630600 on January 16, 2016

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  •  Michaelshapira19630600 on

    See title

    Answered by  Michaelshapira19630600 on

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     IAW on

    Pain and sleep problems are very much due to a Vitamin D deficiency.
    Your 35nmol/l translates to 14ng/ml. You are low. Vitamin D information today points to humans needing a level of 50ng/ml or better to be healthy that translates to a level of 125nmol/l.
    So the 30 drops equals 12,000iu A WEEK. First it is better to take Vitamin D daily and no that amount is not going to be adequate. Does he plan on retesting you when the 4 weeks is up? You should probably take between 8000-10,000iu PER DAY for one or two months. Then see what your levels are. It does not work overnight and may take a few months till you feel completely better.
    Once your levels are 125nmol/l or above, than you may be able to take a maintenance dosage of 5000iu a day. You will always have to take the Vitamin D or your levels will fall again unless you can get enough sunshine and sometimes that is not possible. This 5000iu is based on a weight of150lbs. If you weigh more than this you may have to take more. ( Please let me know if you weigh a lot more than this!)
    You should read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. Magnesium is very important and may also be causing some of your problems. (If you supplement DO NOT get magnesium oxide.) If you are low on magnesium and take Vitamin D, it may cause other symptoms to appear.

    Answered by  IAW on
  •  Michaelshapira19630600 on

    i weight 65 kg.

    Answered by  Michaelshapira19630600 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    At your weight then we do not have to worry about taking more because you could be obese or very tall. People who weigh a lot more than 65kg might need to take more Vitamin D than the 5000iu for maintenance..

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  •  Michaelshapira19630600 on

    should i take 8000-10,000iu PER DAY in a form of pills or drops? what is better? the 12k once a week, which i take now – i put the drops on a piece of bread, and then eat it.

    Answered by  Michaelshapira19630600 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    You should take it with food that has a little fat in it and take it each day. The form should not matter as long as a good company has made the product.

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