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Vitamin D deficiency

Oct 19, 2015 2:34 PM

Every year when I have my regular physical, my Vitamin D is low. This is not uncommon for people with chronic pain because we tend to not spend as much time outside. However, I started taking 2000 iu and I still show as low, so I was told to increase to 5000 iu. I can definitely tell a difference in my pain levels when I don't take the vitamin D or if I run out, but I think somehow I am either not absorbing as much as I should or my body processes it too quickly. I have similar problems with pain meds. I get drug tested every month and even if I take the meds right before my appointment my test shows low values. Anyone else have vitamin D deficiencies that effects your pain levels? Or problems with pain medication wearing off too quickly? Even my fentanyl patch, which most people have to change every 72 hours, I have to change every 48 hours or it wears off completely by the end of day 3. Input? Advice?

Oct 19, 2015 3:14 PM

That is exactly what is happening to me!!!! The Dr. Told me that I need to increase to 5000 in because my body is just not absorbing it like most people and the same happened with me about my pain meds. I also have to take random Drug tests through my pain care specialist and the last few times he told it wasn't registering that I took my morning meds. I thought he was crazy. I take my meds the way I'm suppose to. And I couldn't understand why or what was going on. Finally I had to get some tests done from my endocrinologist for a surgery I was having on my parathyroid and that's when I was told my body is taking in some meds and absorbing it to fast and some meds I'm just not getting enough of. Anyway I'm still trying to make sense of it all and understand it but it's crazy.

Oct 19, 2015 4:22 PM

I'm having similar issues with vitamin D deficiency. Just upped me from 2000iu to 6000 daily. I'm not sure about the pain meds because I can't get them on a regular basis and have no drug tests. However a few years back I drank a whole 5th of jack Daniels and took a Handful of nucynta. Ended up in the hospital, they found no trace of the drugs?

Oct 19, 2015 5:02 PM

I've been low on vitamin d, found out after breast cancer and still don't take enough. I definitely think it's related to chronic pain and some of these conditions. I thought it was the colitis but now that you posted this I think there's definitely a correlation between that and absorption of meds. I didn't do well with the patch or any other time released med. sapphire I wanted to say that your description of chronic and complicated pain was spot on--sometimes the good moments are disheartening because they're so few and far between. Here's to more for all.

Oct 19, 2015 5:04 PM

Glad I am not the only one. My doc keeps saying he is going to give me some sort of test to check how I metabolize the medications, but he never does.

Oct 19, 2015 5:18 PM

I took a blood test to determine if I have RA. The only thing the blood test showed was low vitamin d. I have no idea what it means.

Oct 19, 2015 6:49 PM

Never made the connection, but may just make sense of why my pain meds don't seem to be working as well. Definitely vitamin D deficient and recently restarted supplements. Pain had worsened recently and have had to up the dosage with minimal improvement in pain relief. Food for thought.

Oct 19, 2015 7:06 PM

Coffee thug if you have low vitamin D it can and will make your pain worse. Start taking a supplement of vitamin d3 by itself, not with calcium. You should only take calcium if you know you are deficient in that too. I am low vit d and high calcium.

Oct 20, 2015 8:33 PM

My psychiatrist ran a saliva test on me for metabolization of meds, because I have reactions to so many pain & psychiatric meds. Turned out I have a MTHFR gene defect that doesn't allow me to absorb and metabolize B Vitamins, especially B9-folate & B12. But it also showed another gene defect where I do not absorb and metabolize benzodiazepine meds. I am deficient in D, Calcium, Iron, B12 & folate. Even if I take supplements it doesn't really help. My PCP put me on 150 mg of iron a month ago. When my labs came back I still show a deficiency in one portion of the red blood cells, but now I have an overload of ferritin, which he said can cause damage or organ failure... Took me off iron! 🙏🌼

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