For years now, the following symptoms have been recurrent:
– Back and neck pain
– Mood swings
– Laying my hands on just about anything was becoming increasingly painful (No my hand is not broken).
I went to all sorts of doctors, had X-rays, seen a psychiatrist for possible psycho-physiological symptoms, did chiropractic therapy, underwent an endoscopy for my reflux … I went to more doctors than I could possibly remember until one day I burst into an orthopedics’ office, yelling: ” I need to know what’s wrong with me NOOOOW!! (I was literally screaming my lungs out, and would like to believe my pitchy voice might have triggered his talent).
I knew something linked all these symptoms together and quickly turned paranoid (cancer? MS?). Doctors were making fun of my self-diagnosis speculations and theories.
I would argue using facts and examples and get furious when they wouldn’t appease my curiosity, or shall I say investigation (something I really hate about most MD’s). Which ultimately led to thousands of medicines (If you’d count them over the years they’d add up to even more). I never really took them; by the 3rd day I’d be bored and stop unless it was an antibiotic. So I finally decided NO MORE MEDICATION. But they’re still in my kitchen cabinet just in case.
But I digress. Back to the lucky physician who got a taste of my evil side. He looked at me silently and said, “let’s have a vitamin D test”. Mmmm … that was intriguing. I had read about vitamin D somewhere amongst the hundreds of medical articles. So I agreed that would be a good place to start and we’d ‘take it from there’.
While waiting for the results (which took about a week), I started reading more about the subject. And yes, it turned out, the symptoms I was (and still am) experiencing, including those stated above, did apply to Vitamin D deficiency.
The results finally came out yesterday and to my surprise, I have a vitamin D deficiency (7.8 out of an average of 32 to 100). Can you imagine? When I live in sunny Doha!
In a way I am happy now; at least I know what’s wrong with me! And there is a treatment available: I will have to be injected with vit D 600,000 IU every three months and of course undergo regular check-ups.
Some facts for you; it appears that:
- We do not get enough sun and need at least 10 minutes a day exposing hands, feet and face (without sunblock).
- We don’t eat properly (liver, dairy products, salmon, etc).
- In other words, we do not get our proper dose of vit D.
Do not underestimate the importance of vitamin D, which is responsible for:
- The absorption of Calcium. (Feeling tired?) And of course, no Calcium means possible Osteoporosis.
- The prevention of various cancers.
- Mood swings and even depression;vitamin D helps those days your dog couldn’t possibly stand you.
- Reducing risks of heart diseases.
- The prevention of various diseases. Some studies show there may be a direct correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and MS and other pathologies of the nervous system such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s to name the most notorious.
Is that reason enough for you to check your vit D levels now?
I still have an MRI for my back and neck pain, and I am stubborn about the MS test. But I don’t know why I feel that adjusting my vitamin D level will be the solution to all my problems (I really hope so).
I will keep you updated and meanwhile stay healthy and go check your vitamin D NOW!