Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunshine Vitamin

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Today is a beautiful sunny day in Springfield which is rare here in the wintertime. Just what the doctor ordered, I mean literally. Recently, I had a blood test done for my annual physical and it was determined that I was severely low on vitamin D. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin and I just don’t get enough in the winter. I am not particularly good at taking vitamins; in fact, I don’t take much more than a chewable vitamin C. I guess I am hoping that I am getting enough of what I need through my nutrition. However, if you look at the picture of the main foods that provide d you will see all the things I don’t eat. I am just lucky all my other levels were perfect.

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Why is this vitamin so important? Aside from all the problems of vitamin D deficiency which include, bone loss, memory impairment, depressed immune system, depression, muscle pain and stiffness it was my general malaise that had me at a loss. I was feeling bad, really bad but it all wasn’t triggered by one or two current stress factors. I always feel a certain amount of fatigue, that is common with Muscular Dystrophy but this fatigue was ridiculous. The pain was crazy and I just wanted to throw in the towel. I couldn’t pull myself up but I wanted to, I needed to.
This deficiency answered a lot of questions about why I was feeling so poorly. It just makes sense. The hardest part about feeling bad is understanding why. Once the why is figured out, doing something about it becomes easier. So here is what I am doing under the care of my doctor. My doctor called in a script for 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D. I take it once a week for the next 8 weeks and then I switch to 800 IUs per day. I started on Monday. Mentally, I am doing better because I am doing something about this. I will keep you posted over the course of the next eight weeks with my sunshine update.
I am hopeful for the improvement and the weather outside today is only making things feel brighter.


thingy said...

That must be a bit of a relief. Take care, Kristen.

Tess Kincaid said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Thank goodness sunny spring is on its way! Be well, my friend. xx

Myrna R. said...

May sunshine permeate your body and your life. Glad you're taking care of yourself.