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I would like to encourage everyone to have your doctor check you for Vitamin D deficiency. Especially if you have muscle joint pain not relieved be OTC pain relievers and do not get out in the sun.
For many months I was in agnoy with arthritis pain, muscle and joint stiffness that was not relieved with any kind of OTC or prescribed medicine. I hated to call my doctor all the time because I was sure she would think I was looking for narcotics even though that was certainly NOT the case. At my last scheduled appointment I related to her just how awful I felt all the time. My joints were very painful, my muscles were weak and I could barely walk, I'd lay with two heating pads and just cry. My teeth hurt to chew! And the arthritis meds prescribed did not even begin to relieve my pain. Neither did any OTC pain reliever or any of the topical ointments do any good.
My doctor, a wonderful and caring woman listened to my complaints and said to have the lab check for Vitamin D deficiency as it's been reported more and more people are suffering from it. Even children! Children are now being diagnosed with rickets! She said she would call for the results as soon as they came in.
Less than a week later my doctor calls and said the results show I had virtually NO vitamin D in my system. Years of working the overnight shift, slathering on sunblock 40 (I'm very fair skinned) , trying to lose weight and avoiding the sun resulted in this problem. I was prescribed 50,000 IU of Vitamin D daily for six months with a follow up check in 3 months. I began taking it immediately and began to feel better with each day. If for some reason I fall short of the time I usually take it, I can feel my body crying out for relief. After a month I'm feeling much better, I'm back at the gym 6 days a week or an hour or more and I'm finally losing the weight! And my teeth don't hurt to chew anymore!
I urge everyone to ask their doctor for this simple blood test! It can make all the difference in your life!!
I prefer natural foods for my vitamin needs, but JUST IN CASE take supplements, in particular, Fish Oil, Flax Seed Oil, and B-complex. However your comments aroused my curiousity as to if I was getting enough Vitamin D.
In checking Wikipedia, it was stated that few foods are a source of Vitamin D except for fortified milk and bran cereals. Those that are a natural source are fish liver oils, fatty fish, eggs, and would you believe, MUSHROOMS. I love mushrooms.
I also wondered about the Eskimo, Inuit, Scandanavians, and other who live in the far north. However, it is well known that their diets are rich in fish which would explain how they compensate for the lack of sunlight for their Vitamin D requirements during the winter.
So if I have a meal which includes eggs, or mushrooms, or a tablespoon of cod liver oil, or a three ounce portion of oither Herring, Catfish, Eel, Tuna, Sardines, Salmon, or Mackerel, it should contribute to my daily Vitamin D requirement. Add some sunlight and it would seem to meet my total need for Vitamin D.