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    Vitamin D deficiency

    Others who are deficient too - what have you done to get more vitamin d? My doctor recommended more sun exposure which I'll try to get more of even though I stay out of the sun. What worked best for improving your vit d level?
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    #2
    VA has me on 2000 mg a day of D3.......they say most all of us our deficient, I think it helps.....

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      #3
      I also take 2000 mgs of D3 a day and my Vitamin D levels are normal now.

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        #4
        MUltivitamin with high vitamin D and there are supplements. Depending on how low it is and how easily it goes up.
        If really low and doesn't show increase to normal can actually take a high dose per prescription med of 50,000 two to three times a week. Sun?? yeah that is what it says but SCI people can't be in the sun that much and it would take a lot and it makes wrinkles!!.
        I recommend a multivitamin with as much Vitamin D as you can, milk with Vitamin D and a supplement with Vitamin D.
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          #5
          Does anyone else have problems taking D3? It really messes my stomach up. I've tried taking smaller doses and working my way up, but it always ends up bad.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Davey View Post
            Does anyone else have problems taking D3? It really messes my stomach up. I've tried taking smaller doses and working my way up, but it always ends up bad.
            Vitamin D is best used in a capsule containing oil because it is a fat soluble vitamin. So you want to buy your supplement in a place with a high and fast turnover of stock or even capsules well under their expiration date can and do go rancid. Keep them in the fridge and take with food if a all possible.
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            Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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              #7
              Before you start taking a Vitamin D supplement, get an order from your doctor for a Vitamin D blood test. If you need to take a supplement, you doctor will tell you what he believes is a good target level for you and how much Vitamin D you should be taking. He may even have a preferred brand of supplement that he trusts to be what it says it is.

              Davey,
              If you take the supplement on an empty stomach try taking it with a meal. If you take it with other medications or supplements, try taking it by itself. If you take the entire dosage of the supplement at once, try taking smaller amounts at a time with a meal.

              All the best,
              GJ

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                #8
                I take two 1000 iu prescription D3 capsules a day. I also drink a lot of vitamin d milk, but always have and was still deficient. I have stomach issues and when they act up I drink milk instead of eating. Anyway, I was deficient and started taking a triple dose of otc vitamin d and eventually got within normal range. Then couldn't afford the otc, told my new primary and requested a test to check... She never understood "can't afford" means "can't afford" and not "I'd have to have one less Starbucks a week" so she just told me I needed to start taking them again and didn't order the test. Skip forward 2 years, new primary and after the first visit I get a letter saying my vit D is low and here's a script. I hadn't even asked him to test me. I've only been back on it a short time though.oh
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                  #9
                  Medicare has been denying vitamin D testing that isn't written up correctly so let your PCP know. No idea about Medicaid.
                  Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                  Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Davey View Post
                    Does anyone else have problems taking D3? It really messes my stomach up. I've tried taking smaller doses and working my way up, but it always ends up bad.
                    Yes, my son had major issues with taking Vitamin D supplements. Currently, he spends a lot of his time in the sun and takes a multi vitamin. He is due to have blood work done soon so we will see what they say.

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                      #11
                      Vitamin D drops.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by lynnifer View Post
                        Vitamin D drops.
                        I've never seen those down here. I know most of Europe uses them in infants but not here. Anyone in the US seen these either OTC or by prescription?
                        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                          #13
                          Available at the Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens on line and a regional chain in my area has Vit. D drops over the counter in store for both infants and adults.

                          Depending on what you buy, 1 drop = 100IU, an entire dropper = 5,000IU, for example. Two ounce bottles sell for about $8-$10.

                          I have no idea what they taste like.

                          All the best,
                          GJ

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                            #14
                            Or Vitamin D Gumies. I've been chewing on around 3 of those a day, each one is 2000 IU.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by lynnifer View Post
                              Vitamin D drops.
                              Yeah, that's what I've been trying lately. Got them at Whole Foods. 1 drop = 1000IU. I mix them with my breakfast usually (cereal/oatmeal/smoothie). They are better than the capsules, but I still have to be very careful. Doctor prescribed me D2 a while back and I didn't have any issues with that. I know D3 is better so I keep trying.

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