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I could get the Rickets!*

It turns out that I also have very low levels of vitamin D, though it doesn't account for the thyroid symptoms.

*I am too old to get rickets, and too bone dense for osteoporosis. 


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Jul. 2nd, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Bleh. Did the doctor recommend supplements?

On the positive side, raising your vitamin D levels might help with pain issues.

I swear, there's just so much of a "let's poke it with a stick and see what happens" thing in medicine. Every time I go to a conference and hear people yawp about personalized medicine, I have to bite back on saying, "When your PIs say to the effect, 'We're not really sure how this drug works,' your talk of personalized medicine is just laughable.'"

Jul. 2nd, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Vitamin D gets into all sorts of stuff. They're finding out all sorts of things about it these days.

If you're going to supplement, then get D3 (cholecalciferol) because it's better utilised by the body than D2.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Isn't Vitamin D the one you can enjoy just from being in sunlight?
Jul. 4th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
I come from a country where the sun is merely a rumor, occasionally seen on Saint Swithin's Day on odd-numbered years. :) (Actually, it was boiling hot and endlessly sunny last time we were there.)

My skin is not well adapted to picking up D from sunlight, and I tend to burn after 10 minutes in the sun. Even so, I don't wear sunscreen daily, but since I hate milk, it means low levels.

I'm on a supplement.
Jul. 4th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
So memory not broken, but I see why the problem persists. *grin* I remember rumor filled days like those ...
Jul. 2nd, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Medical issues aside, I'm very happy to see that you have power and were not flattened by the storm. Any damage?

Vitamin D supplements did a little good for me when I had them. (I need to get more.) In my case just the stuff from the store worked fine, and it was a small but *appreciable* difference. I hope it helps you.


Me 'n' Lennie
Jul. 4th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
No damage - we actually got more problems from the last storm (trees across the road, that time). But because other people had damage, the power was out for nearly 18 hours - just enough time for my ice cream to melt. Being without power for that long does do well to remind me that I don't want to go back in time for anything, not even if I was someone rich and powerful.

That, and dentistry.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
The vitamin D deficiency is becoming more and more prevalent for two major reasons. First, we tend to stay out of the sun more and wear sunscreen when we do go out, so it blocks much of what sunlight we'd have otherwise gotten. Second, The Medical Profession is deciding that our bodies actually need more than what they'd decided umpty-whatever years ago the last levels were decreed.
It's all a big fat crapshoot.
I hope you feel better.
Jul. 3rd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
I have heard you need Vit A for Vit D, just like you need Magnesium for Calcium.
Vit D is popular right now, but yeah, as a culture I do think we spend more time indoors (cars) that our fore-bearers.
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