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16 is very very low! I would say that is part of why you may be feeling poorly. Sunning yourself may help...a little...but you also need to supplement.

I have no idea what my levels were before I started taking 5000 IUs a day for three months, but even after 3 months, my levels were tested at 56.

Find yourself some good quality D3. Don't listen to the doctors who may tell you that all you need is 1000 IUs a day (that's what mine said) .


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I tested at 14 and had candida on top of it. I needed to sleep about 14-20 hours a day and could not function for more than 3-4 hours max on tons of coffee. I was always short of breath, chronic sinus infections and asthma attacks. I would have to figure out how to take my showers because I would get dizzy and almost pass out.

My doc put me on rx vit D which helped. I also used a tanning bed. I found that getting rid of my candida issue and taking 10,000 mg of vitamin D3 on a daily basis really helped.

I did 10,000 D2 weekly + 1,000 D3/daily for about 6 months and tested at 33. The doc told me to take 10,000 D2 monthly plus 1,000 D3 daily. After reading the posts on this thread, I decided to do 10,000 D3 daily for a while and then tested again.

At 33, I was still tired and could not function as much as I would like. I know getting rid of the candida is helping my body absorb the vitamin D better than ever. Although I am not at 100% but remembering how I felt when I was at 14 scares me so much I NEVER EVER forget my vitamin D!

If you are at 16, you should really be careful to not drop any further. At 14, I pretty much had no life.

Good luck and good health!

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Hi guys, I got my vitamin D levels tested and my level is 16. I'm wondering how poorly this is making me feel? or how poorly others have felt with a similar level?

I am VERY tempted to go on a sunbed.  




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Interesting & informative thread...I wonder if the Australian measurement of 25 corresponds to the US 25? Even though my levels are low, I have heaps of energy & never get what is going around...despite being exposed to sick people (customers) a lot;) I also rarely feel depressed or even down, unless I eat or am exposed to a particularly bad "avoid"

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In Feb of '10 my levels were at 22 or 23... I started taking 2200 IUs of D3/day & 6 mos later they were up to 54.  My PCP didn't check again this year as she was pleased with the increase.  I used tanning beds as a teen & have had several abnormal moles removed as an adult.  I never spend much time in the sun without sunblock, which doesn't help my D absorption, but it saves my skin.  Also, I went from being sick all the time to only getting a couple colds a year.  I dropped my D back down & have been getting sick again. (currently struggling with an upper resp. infection, ear infection & sinus infection...lucky me)  Time to up my dosage again!


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I tested at 14 and had candida on top of it. I needed to sleep about 14-20 hours a day and could not function for more than 3-4 hours max on tons of coffee. I was always short of breath, chronic sinus infections and asthma attacks. I would have to figure out how to take my showers because I would get dizzy and almost pass out.

If you are at 16, you should really be careful to not drop any further. At 14, I pretty much had no life.







this makes a lot of sense to me - I feel like I spend most of my life horizontal. I want to lie down all the time. And I can't take showers without them being 'an activity for the day.' I feel unsteady on my feet,.. my skin, my bones and muscles all burn. I have been having quite severe chest pains and irregular heartbeat for over a year. I had no idea it was linked to vitamin D. I am seeing my doctor in a few days. I wonder if she will want to do injections or supplements

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Unfortunately, my doctors (here in the U.S.) did not think my levels were THAT low so they put me on supps.

I guess they do not know how miserable it feels when you need to lie down all the time and yes, showers actually become the whole day's activity!

The crazy thing is - I was going to school the whole time and wondering why I was so weak and sick! I know I could have done much better in my classes if I weren't so sick. Oh well.

My breathing was shallow and I would have rapid heartbeats because of that. I also have low blood pressure (which is not vit d related) and the combo just made me sick. I could barely walk to the bathroom in my tiny apartment after 2-3 hours at school. I could not cook and had to order takeout and cleaning was not a possibility!


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this makes a lot of sense to me - I feel like I spend most of my life horizontal. I want to lie down all the time. And I can't take showers without them being 'an activity for the day.' I feel unsteady on my feet,.. my skin, my bones and muscles all burn. I have been having quite severe chest pains and irregular heartbeat for over a year. I had no idea it was linked to vitamin D. I am seeing my doctor in a few days. I wonder if she will want to do injections or supplements




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I plan on getting my levels checked this month.. I've been taking D2 vegan vitamin D. I was using a tanning bed but I don't think it was often and long enough. I'd probably need the tanning bed for a year, 2-3 times a week for 20 mins. But I tell you the tanning bed is great for SAD .  I feel happier after 15 mins. I can see why teens get addicted to them. Just have to realize you get the same feeling being outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Today I walked 45 mins outside and got some sun.

Anyone else here taking vegan D? That's D2.  I've been having allergic reactions to D3.   This would be bad if my levels don't go up because I'm on D2
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I'm so grateful for this thread.  I've learned so much here and have passed on the information to my sisters, daughters-in-law and others.  My level was 48 in June and I began taking 3000 D3.  I was taking 1000 mg., plus cod liver oil.  I have been researching this subject online, too, so I can keep alert on the subject.  The testimonials of those with low levels of vit. D are enough to make anyone convert to high levels of vit. D.  There are legions of us who had no idea the importance of keeping levels between 60 and 80.

I forwarded the Virginia Hopkins website to one of my sisters who seems to have an aversion to her local lab and she is happy to learn that she can order the vit. D test online.  
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The testimonials of those with low levels of vit. D are enough to make anyone convert to high levels of vit. D.  There are legions of us who had no idea the importance of keeping levels between 60 and 80.  


Glad we can help, and I'm glad I started this thread because I think vitamin D is the discovery of the century!  I intend to get my level up to into the 90's at least.  100 is still conisidered 'normal range' .   Doctor told me it takes awhile to get the levels up. It took me a year to get them from 25 to 40. That's why I added tanning bed exposure.  I read they  are planning to install tanning beds in nursing homes in the future!  
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My rx vit d was D2. I have to take 10,000 of it monthly now. However, I noticed that my levels were not increasing quickly enough. Mark, a forum member, suggested that I stop the D2 and take D3. I have one D2 pill sitting around - I might just take that and refill my D2 rx, too.

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Glad we can help, and I'm glad I started this thread because I think vitamin D is the discovery of the century!  I intend to get my level up to into the 90's at least.  100 is still conisidered 'normal range' .   Doctor told me it takes awhile to get the levels up. It took me a year to get them from 25 to 40. That's why I added tanning bed exposure.  I read they  are planning to install tanning beds in nursing homes in the future!  




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Wow, you're 80 and still going!  I'm impressed.  My grandmas are 85 and 90 and they are dying.  

Thanks to this thread, I'm going to double my D3 pills.  Usually I'm taking a multi (400IU), a cal-mag (200IU x2), and a 1000IU D3.  So I'm getting 1800 already, plus the fortified drinks that have about 90 IU.  Plus I burn like crazy, and there is cancer in the family, so I don't want to go the tanning route.  In summer I try to wear tank tops so that my arms get exposure when I go for walks.
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I'm sorry to hear about your grandmas, Canadj.  None of us knows what the future will bring.  Having a good quality of life is something to strive for and this forum plays a major part in my own quest for that quality.
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Wow, you're 80 and still going!  I'm impressed.  My grandmas are 85 and 90 and they are dying. .


Are you referring to my age or D level? lol     My age is 55, and my D level is 40. I want to get it up to 80-90
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Think she was referring back a few posts to NHG... whose listed age is 80??
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Oh! We were talking about levels of 80-90.. lol
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Yes, I was referring to NewHampshireGirl.

I took my first double dose today, so I'll see how I feel.  How long did it take any of you to notice any benefits or improvements?
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For me, low vitamin D levels were part of the Fibromyalgia, which has its ups and downs no matter what my vitamin D level is. I didn't *notice* anything directly related to my vitamin D levels. I've been feeling pretty lousy since my father died 6 months ago, which correlates to when I thought my D levels were too high (83) and lowered my dosage, but honestly I think that has more to do with stress than anything else. I've been back on the higher dose of D for a month now, and I still feel lousy.

In my specific case, vitamin D is only one piece of the puzzle, and alone it's not going to solve all my health problems.


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this makes a lot of sense to me - I feel like I spend most of my life horizontal. I want to lie down all the time. And I can't take showers without them being 'an activity for the day.' I feel unsteady on my feet,..


The way you describe is how I felt from eating gluten.
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my D levels were too high (83) and lowered my dosage,.


Too high?  100 is considered "normal"      I'd be very happy if my levels were 83. I want them to be 90 or 95 even 99!
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Are you referring to my age or D level? lol  ... my D level is 40. I want to get it up to 80-90


I personally find I create minor health problems (headaches and numbness) when I take my D level above 60.

You may do well at 90, but I would not.


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Yeah, well, I know better now. I felt pretty good when my levels were 83, but at the time I couldn't find any information telling me that over 80 was OK, and I started to panic about toxicity. If I'd known then that 100 is considered normal by many sources, I would have simply continued at 10,000 iu per day without worry.


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My lab results came with the phrase "normal range: 50-100" for Vit D. Since my levels were 56, I was considered "normal" . I consider them low.


It is not my responsibility to convince anyone of anything.
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I personally find I create minor health problems (headaches and numbness) when I take my D level above 60.

You may do well at 90, but I would not.


Ahhh, but you're a non secretor...    I don't know I've never been up there. I'll have to get up there and see how I feel.
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