I have been feeling generally unwell for a few months now. The best way I can describe how I feel is low. Low mood, low energy, low tolerance, just low. No desire or motivation, nothing brings me pleasure, everything I’ve always enjoyed feels like an effort, I just feel so flat, nothing excites me. I’ve also really been struggling with my weight. Add to that, I’ve had chronic lower back and hip pain for months that has played havoc with my sleep patterns. Mostly I just feel crap. I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Then last week I got diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency.
What Is a Vitamin D Deficiency?
On top of everything else, my menstrual cycle has been a mess this past couple of months, so I headed off to my gynae for a routine check-up last week, expecting a perimenopause diagnosis, instead, I landed up having a full cancer screening and a bunch of other tests. The most surprising result – I am Vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D deficiency used to only be associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities but more recent research shows the importance of Vitamin D in protecting the body against a host of health issues.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
I was fascinated by the list of signs and symptoms for Vitamin D deficiency because they are so generalized that it’s quite possible they get overlooked in most of us but I have almost all of them and Vitamin D deficiency is more common than any of us realize.
- Getting sick more often – impaired immunity
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Bone and back pain
- Impaired Wound Healing
- Bone Loss
- Hair Loss
- Muscle Pain
Diagnosis is simple, a blood test will tell your Dr if you are Vitamin D deficient and treatment is even simpler, a prescription for a high dosage of Vitamin D (50 000mg) that is taken once or twice a week to stabilize your levels.
Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency
Lack of exposure to the sun, and obviously with all of us staying out of the sun and slathering ourselves in sunscreen, we’re definitely not getting enough Vitamin D from sun exposure. Also following a dairy-free or vegan diet can increase the risk of Vitamin D deficiency because Vitamin D is also found in milk and egg yolks, as well as in many forms of fish and fish oils.
What Others Have Said
I took to social media last week to chat with online friends about their experiences with Vitamin D Deficiency. I was amazed by the number of people who have been tested and diagnosed with Vitamin D Deficiency and so encouraged by what they all had to say about how the treatment made them feel. A large portion found an improvement in their moods and a lifting of their spirit within a couple of weeks of taking the prescribed Calciferol, which is a 50 000mg dosage that’s taken once or twice a week. Interestingly, it was those taking the over the counter Vitamin D supplements who seemed to have not noticed any improvement.
I asked my pharmacist about this and she explained that most over the counter Vitamin D supplements are only 1000-2000mg dosages which means that even taken daily, it’s not a high enough dosage to boost levels in those who are Vitamin D deficient. But that the over the counter options were good for once Vitamin D levels had stabilized after completing a 6-month course of Calciferol.
I did a bit of research and if you’re going to take an over the counter supplement, then the Sally-Ann Creed one looks like a great option as it’s 5000mgs per capsule.
Have you been tested?
And what were your results like? How did you find the treatment?