Well that explains a lot!

I mentioned yesterday that I had my Vitamin D levels tested and was waiting on the results. I just talked to my doctor’s office and they had my results.

Just for reference, the normal range for Vitamin D levels is 30 – 100 units, with optimal levels being around 50 units.

My Vitamin D level is 15.

I know, Joey! I can’t believe it either! (source)

Fifteen!! That’s pretty low. No wonder I feel cranky and tired all the time.

So of course I Googled “symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency” and turns out there’s a whole lot of stuff that can happen when there isn’t enough Vit D floating around in your body.

According to all my in-depth research (read: everything I could find on Google), some common symptoms include:

  • Foggy thinking
  • Bone pain
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Low mood
  • Low sex drive
  • Bone fractures
  • Weak muscles
  • High blood pressure

I currently suffer from 6 of those symptoms. So yeah…a Vitamin D deficiency explains a lot about what has been happening with me lately.

My doctor has prescribed getting outside for at least 15 minutes every day to soak up some sun, as well as liquid Vitamin D drops at a high-ish dose for the next month, then I’ll go back and have my levels tested again to see how much they’ve come up and adjust my dose from there.

I’ll be spending more time here. 

I knew (KNEW!!!) there was something “off” inside my body, but I thought it was hormones. Having a Vitamin D deficiency never even entered my mind until my nurse suggested it, and I am so glad she did. I hope to be feeling better soon.


11 thoughts on “Well that explains a lot!

  1. I know exactly what you feel like – I went through the same process a few years back of feeling lethargic, grumpy and all my joints cracked and ached. It’s such a relief! You will definitely feel the difference in a few days! Get well soon!

  2. I’m glad you were able to figure it out! Low Vitamin D can wreak havoc on you. When I first moved to Seattle, I saw my doctor for what I thought was depression and instead found it was low Vitamin D – I was on prescription strength vitamins to get my levels up! I take 6000 IU a day of Vitamin D supplements now, on top of trying to get outside as frequently as possible when the sun does shine. The good news is that once your levels come up, you will feel like Superwoman!

  3. I also deal with all of this due to low Vitamin D and take supplements and sun baths too. In case your doctor didn’t mention it, when you get in the sun it’s helpful to take off your sunglasses and let the rays hit you indirectly (like look away from the sun but let the sunlight into your eyes) a couple minutes at a time and also Vitamin D is fat soluable so as crazy as it sounds, it gets converted from the sun with the help of the oils in your skin so it is advisable not to shower or at least with soap right after a sun bath. It takes getting used to because I get sweaty but I make it a point to go to bed and shower in the morning after a sun bath. Hope you feel better soon!

  4. Our vitamin D’s are suppose to be taken with food. Not sure if all are or just ours. FYI.

    How was your weekend?

  5. I am glad you now know what was wrong. When I go to the functional medicine doctor in another week I am going to ask about Vitamin D.

  6. How interesting! I just had mine tested too and it was in the “high risk” low zone (can’t remember the number but I think 15 is lower than mine). I too am on drops and sunshine. Of course, also found out I have Hashimotos at the same visit… ugh.

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