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Hi, I have had widespread chronic body pain for 10 years with migraines, depression and anxiety. I have just had a vitamin D test in the hope that this is related to my symptoms. It has come back at 43.7 which isn't too low considering they consider 50 to be normal. However for problems like chronic pain, autoimmune illness etc the level should be higher between 75 and 125 (so I have read anyway). Can anybody recommend what dosage I should take considering my vitamin d level. My doctor didn't specify what dosage to take and to ask the pharmacist. I just want to make sure I'm taking enough going by what I've read, but also not too much to lead to toxicity. I have also read that your body uses up magnesium to make vitamin d so should I take this also? Thank you.

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Asked by  anon83 on November 26, 2014


  • anon83
     anon83 on

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    Answered by  anon83 on

  • IAW
     IAW on

    Could you please double check and make sure that the 43.7 is measured in ng/ml? Do you think this level came from just sun exposure or do you take any supplements with Vitamin D in them? (Not knowing where you live is there any chance this level could decrease if it is not coming from supplements?) If you take supplements with Vitamin D, how much does it add up to?
    We at the Vitamin D Council do promote a level of 50ng/ml or above. Maybe you will end up being someone that needs a level, for example of 75ng/ml to feel well. We are all individuals.
    You should absolutely read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. Amongst other things you should take a magnesium supplement(s) somewhere between 500 to 700mg a day. (Do not choose oxide or sulfate magnesium.) Maybe add the vitamins and minerals before adding anymore Vitamin D for say a week.
    Answering some of the above questions first might help to decide where to start with the Vitamin D amount. Look forward to your response.

    Answered by  IAW on