Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fibromyalgia and vitamin D

Well... Back when I was diagnosed in April my doc wanted to check my vitamin D levels. I was asked to sign a waiver since my insurance most likely wouldn't cover the cost of the lab test, costing me 200.00 out of pocket that I didn't have. I did NOT take the test. I just could afford it.

My best friend (oddly and eerily) was diagnosed only 2 weeks after I was, and her doctor put her on a really high dose of vitamin D. It seems that according to a few studies (Google Vitamin D and Fibromyalgia) the majority of people suffering with fibro are deficient in vitamin D, or are on the low end.

I finally broke down and bought some since the MISU has a new, better paying job. Yes, I splurged on vitamin D ;) I have taken it 2 days now at bedtime (2,000 IUs) with a snack and children's gummy vitamins (with 400 IUs) since I haven't found an adult multivitamin yet that doesn't make me have nausea and vomiting.

So far so good! I am happy to report that I wake up almost pain free, where as I normally wake up with pain in a 4-5 out of 10 (max pain) or will develop that level or more throughout the day. Today we went shopping and I didn't have any significant pain until about 530 or 6pm. AMAZING.

Also I was able to enjoy the day and not feel continuously fatigued today and yesterday.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia and have not checked your vitamin D levels , it's worth asking your doctor about it and how much you should take.

6 comments:

Bargain Shop said...

Vitamin intake is safe for some extent only.. need to be careful..

Mary said...

It all depends on the person. My friend was prescribed MASSIVE amounts of vitamin D per day because she is "obese". There are studies that show that obese people do not absorb vit D well so doctors prescribe large quantities for months to get levels in the normal range. Low doses of Vit D simply do not work for most obese people. the dose I take is relatively low, but is helping with my pain levels. I will check with my doc my next appointment, but he most likely wont have much to say since I cannot afford the lab test to test my levels.

meleah rebeccah said...

Oh! YAY! I am sooooo happy the vitamin D is helping you feel better! That's totally-super-awesome!

Mary said...

Thanks Mels!!! <3

Jen said...

I've not been diagnosed with it but orthopod has suggested it. I suspect I am deficient of D. Thanks for a reminder!

Monique Renae said...

This blog is in desperate need of an update...

[cough cough]