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Hi. I just got blood work done and my vitamin D level came back as 13 mg/ML… I feel pain all over my body all of the time. I feel deep aching pains in my hands arms feet legs thighs just about everywhere you can think of and it is very miserable. I'm only 20 years old and weigh about 129 pounds. Can all of this pain be from the vitamin D? I just started taking a supplement that has 700 Iu of vitamin D3 per 1 gummy and it also has 500 mg of calcium with it as well. I take the gummy twice a day. I'm sure that's not enough but it's all I have for now. What should I do about this? I really do not want to be in pain anymore.. Also the weird thing is that I have perfect calcium levels at 9.7 mg/DL. My thyroid also came back ok. My glucose also came back at 97 mg/DL with fasting. I'm just not sure if the severe pain is caused by the vitamin D.

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Asked by  Amber on April 11, 2016


  • Amber
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  • IAW
     IAW on

    Amber we here at the Vitamin D Council feel there is enough scientific proof that for humans to be healthy they need a level of 50ng/ml. For now though, government organizations feel that a level of 20ng/ml is fine. You are far below even the 20ng/ml that they recommend. So yes your pain could be from these low levels. When you are too low then you can get a condition called Osteomalacia. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteomalacia/basics/definition/con-20029393. I am not saying you have this because I am not a doctor, I can only give you information. Vitamin D is also used a lot in muscles.
    So you really should try and correct your level to a minimum of 50ng/ml You wrote.”I’m sure that’s not enough but it’s all I have for now.” Does this mean you do not have enough money to buy more Vitamin D? If you take the two gummies but can get extra Vitamin D to add to it that would be good. That would mean either a Vitamin D that comes in a measurement of 3000iu or 1000iu but you would have to take three of the 1000’s.(You are trying to take 5000iu a day.) I think the gummies because they have the calcium is a good idea. The other thing is many people are deficient in the mineral magnesium. Vitamin D needs a lot of magnesium to process properly. It is also used in bones just like calcium. So if you are low in magnesium and take Vitamin D you may add other symptoms that can be corrected with magnesium supplements. (Avoid magnesium labled “oxide”.)
    If you have more questions, just ask!

    Answered by  IAW on