Life with MS & EDS

July 14, 2010

Achieving Normal

Filed under: Uncategorized — by mseds @ 7:24 pm
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During my first quarterly Rebif bloodtest, Dr. Generalist had ordered a Vitamin D test.  As you may recall, I scored a 39.  I was told that was “normal”, but most online advice says you need to be over 50.  So, instead of keeping with my 3,000ICUs of Vitamin D daily, I added another 2,000, even though it wasn’t doctor-recommended.  My total daily Vitamin D supplement was up to 5,000, plus whatever I got from food (e.g., milk, Vitamuffins, etc.)  I absolutely noticed a difference in my energy level.  I’m still chronically fatigued, but I am no longer on the verge of tears because of it.  It becomes very obvious to me and my husband when I forget to take the vitamins.  I knew there was a big difference, but I didn’t have proof.

So, I brought this up with Dr. Specialist when I saw her last month.  I had asked her about Vitamin D at some point last year.  At that time, she wasn’t on board with its benefit and didn’t recommend blood tests to check levels.  She’s since changed her tune now that more evidence is out there.  She wrote a script to check my D levels during my 2nd quarterly Rebif blood work.  Sure enough, the results confirmed what I’ve noticed.  My level is up to 61, definitely over the 50 I was hoping to exceed.  The extra 2,000ICU daily brought my levels up by 22.  I wish everything was that easy to fix.

I’m enjoying my small victory and success with going against doctor’s orders to do something that was clearly in my best interest.


1 Comment »

  1. Good for you!! I couldn’t seem to get my levels above 36 so I upped my daily supplement from 5000IU to 10,000IU. During my next routine bloodwork (standing order to check for RA med effects), we will check again. I’m hoping to see some improvement.

    Comment by Lisa Emrich — July 14, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

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