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Leftee
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Dec 5th, 2017 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It sucks the life out of a guy. I know this from personal experience.

Back in Sept. I started feeling a bit tired. Just a little on my busier days. And travel had started to zap my strength. Or so I thought. As the fall progressed I regressed. Into Nov. I found myself taking lots of naps. A day or two after returning from a trip I was wiped out. My legs were weak and achy. I’d literally spend much of the weekend in bed resetting myself self get out and do it all over again the following week.

I finally figured out this was only getting worse and not going away. So I went to my Dr. the Monday before Thanksgiving. He took 7 vials of blood from me... like I could afford that.

Turns out I was very vitamin D deficient. The acceptable range was 30 - 74 (I forget the units). I was at 9.9.

I started taking 5,000 units of D3 a day. After 3 or 4 days I started to feel better. I’m still not 100% now. But I’m much better than I was.

I’m posting this from a plane on the way to DFW. I’m headed to Corpus Christi this week.

One more trip this year. Back to Boise for a day. Then I’m done for the year. I predict a lazy holiday season filled with recovery.

Anyone else here been through this?

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Dec 5th, 2017 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup. Vitamin D is made by exposure of the skin to the sun. As my doctor told me, nearly everyone in the Northeast will be Vitamin D deficient if they do not take a supplement, especially in the Fall and Winter when we are indoors more.

I have not been taking my supplement and I am not feeling great, this thread was a good reminder for me to start again.

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Dec 5th, 2017 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My doc has me on 5000 units of D3 as well. She tells me to kick it up to 10k for a week if I get sick.

Leftee
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Dec 5th, 2017 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad to be of service. :-)

I actually did this to myself a bit.

Part of it is aging. Our bodies are not as good at producing D as we get older.

But I also upped my sun screen game this year to spf 50 and I wear a hat more when I’m outside.

Man! I have never been so tired in all my life. What amazes me is that I didn’t get sick. Especially with all the travel.

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Dec 5th, 2017 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Something along the same line

An old tourist ad for my home town promoted that it got over 300 days of sunshine a year, I had always wondered why that would matter to anyone.

I worked away for a couple of years in a place with a different climate,at higher altitude, colder, overcast a lot, especially during winter. There was a nice sort of place but I never liked it, it always seemed drab and depressing.

Shortly after finishing up there a doctor's visit picked up a vitamin D deficiency. It was at the end of winter, the place had had 6 hours of sunshine in last month I was there and I was indoors while the sun was shining.

It probably explains why I didn't like the place much.

Hope you are are feeling better

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Dec 5th, 2017 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My doc must be following this thread. He's got me eating the stuff as well.

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Dec 5th, 2017 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Do these supplements really work? I usually take a D3 supplement at this time of year but I never feel like it does anything. It's Kirkland's 2000IU D3 supplement and each gelcap provides 500% of your daily requirement. I feel nothing.

Leftee
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Dec 5th, 2017 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It changed my life. I was way difficient though.

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Dec 5th, 2017 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I lived in IL I took a Vitamin D supplement in the winter time.

Now that I live in FL I don't have an issue. I got plenty of sunshine at the pool today.

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Dec 5th, 2017 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Remember the scene in "The Last Crusade" where the Grail Knight offers up a selection of possible Holy Grails to choose from?

The Nazi chooses the golden one encrusted with jewels, drinks from it, and immediately kicks the bucket.
Indiana Jones figures the lowly wooden Grail would have been the one that belonged to a carpenter, and Lo!

"You have chosen wisely".

Now consider that rack of supplements you're choosing from:
since no one actually checks to see what the various manufacturers are putting in their nostrums (supplements are exempt from FDA oversight) your odds of getting what's printed on the label are unknowable.

This could explain why one person gets health improvement and someone else feels nothing at all.

Then again, since Harrison Ford was a carpenter before he became an actor ...... maybe he was drawn to the wooden Grail naturally.
The plot thickens.

Leftee
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Dec 5th, 2017 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ll get some more blood work eventually to see if my grail is true.

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Dec 5th, 2017 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had my Doc wright a prescription for my D3, I get the good stuff.

Leftee
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Dec 5th, 2017 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My doc told me to buy mine on the street.

Actually, Mrs. L had some. I’ll order some more.

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Dec 5th, 2017 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Do these supplements really work?"

Chris, I believe they do. My wife and I have been taking doctor recommended supplements for several years. We never get sick and we feel good most of the time. The supplements don't really help my depression or anxiety but I take other stuff for that. I am not a "a pill will fix it" guy but I really things the supplements we take are doing us good. Diet, exercise also helps.

Leftee
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Dec 5th, 2017 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Chris,

You could stop and see if it makes a difference. It might be that you don’t need it.

I know I do. I never want to feel like that again.

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Dec 5th, 2017 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Doc said to buy OTC also. I made him give me a script, I now get the FDA approved stuff.

I don't trust OTC supplements.

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Dec 5th, 2017 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“Glad to be of service. :-)“

And it worked, I took it tonight. Thanks again!

“Do these supplements really work?”

According to my doc, not if you take what they tell you to take. Costco/Kirkland says to take 2000 per day. My doc said you need to take at least double that for it to be therapeutic.



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Dec 6th, 2017 03:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you considered light therapy with one of those Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) lights? My doctor talked to me about these a few years ago and I tried it. It works for me... I was feeling downers by Mid-September. This is no longer the case. I start September 1 and continue until Mid-April.

I do 30 - 60 minutes every morning. I am sitting near my light (on) as I write this response.

I also take the Vitamin D, also under the doctor’s advice.

Leftee
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Dec 6th, 2017 04:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don’t know how I could sustain that. By the time I’m done with work this year I will have spent just over 100 nights in hotels.

I am going to work on spending more time outside. Every little bit helps.

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Dec 6th, 2017 05:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My doctor tells me to stay out of the sun, so I've been taking D3 (the big bottle from Costco) for a few years.

Easy and inexpensive, can't hurt.

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