I am writing this in hope that maybe I can help someone before they suffer unneedlsy like I did before I was diagnosed with a vit. D def.
I was having alot of pain in my back for a few years until I finally couldn't stand it anylonger and told my family dr who ordered an xray and they found out I have osteoarthritis in my spine, hip and neck. I then was ordered to have a bone density test, a baseline test, being I'm 47 yrs old and I'm in surgical menopause. the test came out that I already have osteoporosis ONTOP of the osteoarthritis. very well then I said, I'll take the bone medication called boniva or what ever else they have for it.
but as time was going on, I seemed to be getting worst with bone pain all over my entire body. even my skull hurt! I thought maybe it was all in my head. I was suffering with numb arms at night where I couldnt' even put my arms on my belly to watch t.v. in bed. I had to have them straight at my side at a low level. fingers, hands too were going numb at night and the sever lower back pain while while I slept at night was making my sleep miserable. I'm only 115 lb at 5'7" tall, so it's not a matter of being over weight where i couldnt' even turn over on my side it hurt so much.
I then was referred to a rheumatologist because now the bone pain was spreading to my 3 finger joint on both hands plus wrists.
he told me I have fibromyalgia which didn't surprist me because people from the health boards for two yrs now said It sounded like I had it.
he put pressure on all the spots and I thought i"d hit the ceiling it hurt so much.
I told him I was suffering with flu like symtoms and had low grade fevers and felt exhausted so much that it was effecting my job. I could barely get ot work on time or even make it thru an 8 hour day.
I was too wiped out to even bother cooking full course meals anymore after work. I turned to pre made food which I felt so guilty doing. not to mention unhealthy and expensive.
I lost my job at the beginning of oct. I was there only four months but I missed so many days due to my strange illness.
I was getting worst and no one was listening to me.
so when I went to my follow up visit with the rheumy dr after her found out I had the fibromyalgia and he wanted to see if my medicine was working and i told him no, he decided right before I left the office to run a test for Vitamin D levels.
I returned the next week and boy did I get a surprise.
he told me my levels were so dangerously low and that's why I'd been suffering with so much bone pain all over. which now I know is the cause for my osteoarthritis and my osteoporosis. My level was 20. he said the lowest possible is 19 and that he prefers to see perfect levels at 100.
no wonder i"ve been so sick and now I KNOW it wasn't all in my head like I was beginning to feel.
I am now having to take a calcium vitamin with D in it, PLUS another Vit D tablet, 400 IU's and a new non steroidal anti inflammatory.
low levels can cause havoc on the body and it's really considered to be a miracle vitamin.
we can't live healthy without vitamin D in our bodies. it can cause a host of problems as I'm learning.
I've always eatten healthy choice foods and I'm not on a diet. I have calcium daily and eat fish, poultry, eggs and calcium products.
I am flaborgasted and floored that my primary dr did not even THINK of runnning a simple little blood test to find out WHY I've been suffering with so much bone pain and bone loss at the age of 47.
now I know why and I want others to know that they should think of vit.D deficiency if they suffer with bone pains and other symtoms and dont' know why.
I hope this post was of some help to someone.
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