I finally got my blood test results back on Thursday and I am somewhat relieved to share with you all that I have a Vitamin D Deficiency (should be 50 - if lower than 30 you are deficient - I am 17!)
I have suffered in pain for MONTHS. I have intense bone pain specifically in my front ribs that affects my sleep and leaves me with awful crushing/burning pains (in my anxious state I assumed this was heart related and scared myself silly!) I have muscle aches in my neck, back and shoulders which presents as an intense 'pins and needle' pain with burning and even aches in my left arm that felt very heavy and sore! I also often get shooting pains in my hands and feet and my feet get exceptionally sweaty despite being very cold. I sneeze about 15 times a day and my eczema has flared up again in my hands.
I have been miserable as alongside all of the above I have had numerous digestive issues that have ranged from irritable bowel with fluctuating bowel movements, acid reflux and stomach aches and cramps - did you know 83% of people that have IBS also have a vitamin d deficiency?!
To add to this I was also losing hair and getting shaky and dizzy on occasion. I have also had heart palpitations and shortness of breath to the point I have had to stop numerous times during conversations with people just to catch my breath - my symptoms really have been debilitating.
I am discussing all of these things in hopes that some of you will be able to say 'Yes that it was I am experiencing!' for MONTHS my closest family and friends were saying this was my anxiety flaring up - I would cry and cry as I couldn't seem to control it or get a grip on how I can overcome these AWFUL physical symptoms - it was only when I marched into the doctors surgery a few weeks ago demanding answers sure that I was slowly dying of some god awful illness that this even crossed my mind.
In the last few months I have had many other checks from ECG, liver, gallbladder, kidney, thyroid, iron, hormones, etc. who knew that all of these symptoms can be bought on by a simple vitamin deficiency.
Vitamin D affects the WHOLE body and having researched this deficiency in great detail on the internet has caused many others real misfortune - did you know it is linked to both ANXIETY and DEPRESSION?!
I urge you all to have your levels checked if you can relate a quick way to check is to place a finger in the centre of your sternum where your ribs bones meet and apply pressure - if there is pain you are likely deficient. This is agony for me!
I am very confident that I will soon return to myself after my 3 month treatment plan is through and will be sure to keep you all updated
Love, Health and Happiness to you all.