Low calcium serum / Vitamin D3 deficiency?
Posted 04 January 2010 - 09:56 AM
I have just been doing some 'research' after having a 3rd set of blood results show low calcium serum levels.
My rheumatologist re-ran the bloods after the low count came up in November & December. I was back at the doctors today for the results and to get new prescriptions. I now have vitamin D3 supplements which will apparently help my body to absorb more calcium.
As I'm sure everyone else does, I have been trawling the net for information on this latest 'ailment' and have found that the low levels can affect your bone profile and cause muscle cramps, joint pain and fatigue (all of which I have found are part of my 'normal' day anyway) so I just wanted to pick some sclero brains to see if anyone else has been prescribed D3 and if it helped with these usual aches and pains too. I know we're not doctors on here but as we're the 'guinea pigs' for a lot of different treatments I just thought I'd check in.
(hope everyone had a great New Year)
Posted 04 January 2010 - 02:46 PM
Well vitamin D3 is a derivative of vitamin D that helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and lack of can, as you say, cause muscle cramp and fatigue. Vitamin D deficiency has been an issue for many here on this forum and consequently many are on supplements and some have reported an improvement in fatigue as a result.
I've never had my levels checked and intend to mention it when I see my rheumatologist in February. In the meantime I hope the supplement helps and that those taking it chime in soon.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 08:17 AM
I have just read the other posts and the main study link too. It certainly sheds light on a few other things too. My husband has fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis and takes huge amounts of pain relief - he's now going to ask his doctor to check his vitamin D levels too - it certainly can't hurt to check.
Posted 07 February 2010 - 04:23 AM
I read this a short while ago, and did some internet research (I'm a medical librarian) on Vit D3, so I thought I would try some. After a few days really felt an improvement on my general tiredness. I can't recommend this for everyone but only tell you that I am now onto my second bottle and feel it is benefiting me.