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Vitamin deficiency

I do apologise if this isn’t the right forum to post this on but I thought I would give it a go since a lot have you have been helpful to me in the past regarding my thyroid.

My vitamin D was extremely low as my doctor said and I was ordered to take plenachol 40,000IU capsules for 7 weeks. Well I’m on my last week now, what do I do after I’ve finished this course? Won’t I feel a sudden drop in my well-being after I stop?

I know common sense would be to ask my doctor but the truth is I have for the whole week but no one has gotten back to me.

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Might be just coincidence but the week I didn’t take vitamin d I ended up catching the flu and I feel tired but then again there’s a nasty bug going around

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After you have finished your loading doses, ideally your GP should retest your Vit D to see what your level is. In reality he may prescribe a maintenance dose of 800iu daily, or he may do nothing.

It is important that you find out your new level, even if it means doing a private test. Only then will you know what maintenance dose to take.

You can do a home fingerprick test with City Assays vitamindtest.org.uk costs £28

When you know your new level, make a new post for suggestion as to what dose of D3 to take. 800iu is very unlikely to be enough.

When taking D3 there are important cofactors needed vitamindcouncil.org/about-v...

D3 aids absorption of calcium from food and K2-MK7 directs the calcium to bones and teeth where it is needed and away from arteries and soft tissues where it can be deposited and cause problems. D3 and K2 are fat soluble so should be taken with the fattiest meal of the day, D3 four hours away from thyroid meds.

Magnesium helps D3 to work and comes in different forms, check which will suit you best and as it's calming it's best taken i the evening, four hours away from thyroid meds naturalnews.com/046401_magn...

The recommended level, according to the Vit D Council, is 100-150nmol/L

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Start taking Cod Liver Oil now along with 500mg magnesium glycinate

They work together

2000mg Vitamin C in split doses is also wise

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Is 2000mg vitamin available to buy in normal shops like in Holland and barret? As it seems like a lot or would I have to get it from the GP?

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You can buy Vit C in 500mg and 1000mg from Superdrug ....they often have a 3 for 2 as well on them and cod liver oil capsules

You need a total of 2000mg a day so 4 doses of 500mg = 2000mg

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Thank you for your detailed reply @seasidesusie I really appreciate it!

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Re K2..I started taking this with the prescribed D3 last year then I saw the surgeon who needs to do a second op on prolapsed bowel..and told me to stop K2 I don’t know why so I have t been taking it.....however the op has been cancelled three times since September ..the ops were offered at short notice and then cancelled..so cos the bed crises I ha e no idea how long notice they will offer next time..so I am still not buying the K2..not sure why he did not want me to take this before the op??

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Surgeon could be confusing K2 with K1 - the latter being involved in the clotting mechanism. K2 is a recent discovery - in the 80's I believed - so maybe he is not aware of this amazing vitamin.

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Marz is correct, K1 is the one that aids blood clotting. Vit K injections are given to stop bleeding and it is K1 google.co.uk/search?q=vit+k... It's just referred to Vit K in hospital so it does seem that doctors are unaware of K2.

I did some investigating a couple of years ago so you might want to read the links I posted healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

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Just to add. Vitamins in supplements are graded. The higher the grading the more easily you can absorb them . Poor graded vitamims in supplements are very hard to absorb so less effective. This is why you see such a wide range of prices when buying supplements. You are therefore best to stick to reputable good brands like Jarrows, Lamberts etc... You pay for what you get!!

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Hear hear Waveylines, something I am always saying is get a good brand. Yes they cost more but they are using the form of ingredients that is more absorbable, but we still need to read labels and check the ingredients. the

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As you indicated, I would firstly try to get a response from your doctor who prescribed them. Mine has prescribed 50,000IU once a week for 6 weeks followed by none for 6 weeks then a re-test to see if my body retains the vitamin D.

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I’ve been in the position of low vitamin d twice second time after taking an all round supplement daily with vitamin d in it ( centrum) I obviously wasn’t absorbing it at all. I now take d lux sublingual spray 3000 units daily at least twice and feels loads better this year and not even had a cold yet. I recommend the spray to everyone as it’s much better absorbed. Amazon sell it or H and Barrett too.

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I found D lux very good too taking me from poor health to good health but after quite a long time as my levels were way below reference range (no-one mentioned loading doses which I heard about on here). The other things I found out here is that it should be taken with K2. This is also by BetterYou as is DLux. H and B don't stock it but I found it online via Nutrisun website.

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Get level retested

betteryou.com/vitamin-d-tes...

vitamindtest.org.uk

Then get yourself some vitamin D mouth spray by Better You. Various strength options. Depends on what level you have improved to

Aiming to get level around 100nmol.

GP will only prescribe medication to get level out of deficiency level, not to optimal level

Taking vitamin K2 Mk7 is recommended too, plus magnesium too

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Vit K is the only name doctors, consultants and pharmacists are familiar with. And none of the medics inc. pharmacists know anything about Vit K2 MK7.

My rheumatologist knew sod all, the pharmacy in the "leading" hospital which claims it is "a centre of excellence" knew sod all about K2, had never heard of K2 and reacted severely when I dared mention K2 because they had only ever heard of "Vit K".

Look into Vit K2 MK7.

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

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Can we talk a bit about hyperthyroidism.. any discussion would be appreciated..?

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Feel free to make your own post :)

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