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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vitamin D

First, let me say that probably my greatest pet peeve is what people tell me "what you should do". I once drew a line in the sand with a friend over that as she was constantly lecturing me on "what you should be doing". She stopped and we are still friends. NOW, the point of my posting is this: After nearly seventeen years of fatigue, joint and muscle pain, memory loss, balance problems, numbness and tingling, serious cognitive problems (I kept forgetting to turn off the ignition of my car!), I was diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency. My levels were one-third what they should have been and at a very dangerous level. The rheumatologist prescribed a once-a-week 50,000 (that's right--fifty thousand) unit dose of Vitamin D. The next morning after taking the first pill, I felt an amazing difference! and every week I continue to feel better. If you are having any of these symptoms, I would urge you to tell your MD you want your D tested. My experience has been nothing short of miraculous. After years of doctoring I had found the right one who listened to me, did not dismiss me as crazy, old, depressed (a favorite), menopausal, a whiner, a hypochondriac or all the other things we get told. As over-the-top as I get with my writing (I admit it, it's part of my charm ;) I am conservative when it comes to medical stuff. I would never want anyone to self-medicate. BUT look this up on the web (see especially Vitamin D and depression/anxiety). Beware of the kooky stuff out there, of course. But one simple blood test could change your life. Seriously, I was thinking about going to the Bethlen Home when my dog was gone. Let me know how things turn out.


Diane Cipa said...

Holy moly! As soon as the new docs open up the street, I'm going.

Bibliobyter said...

What new docs are coming?

Diane Cipa said...

The women doctors are moving in where Comtech used to be, right?

kimsmith said...

I too have low vitamin D in my blood, and just started taking a Vit D supplement. I was down 20%. I live in Colorado with lots of sun and I just can't seem to get 15 minutes per day like they recommend.It's either too windy or the sun is too strong; and of course I use sunblock on my face. Another thing us older people lack is the B vitamins, especially B12. So much of our health complaints can be linked to lack of certain vitamins and nutrition in our diets.

Marianne McAuliffe said...

according to an ad in the little flyer delivered by mail every month (at least in the borough), the new female doctors are:

dr. diana denning...ob/gyn
dr. lauren medicine

they are part of the conemaugh physician group..and will be located at 204 w. main, yes, where comtech was..

the other medical figure rumored to be moving to ligonier is:

dr. john monsour

and allegedly he will be down on s. fairfield st., beside ligonier pharmacy.......

all kinds of new faces and white coats!

Sue Parker said...

Apparently, some people have genetic or disease-related Vit. D. issues. Perhaps we cannot make it or store it, who knows. Both my brother and I have been found to have low D levels. He has started to experience bone thinning. He has a huge garden, skis, golfs, practically lives outside.

Diane Cipa said...

Sue - You're sure a carnie gypsy didn't cast a spell upon you? ;)