So here we go…
First, if you are a man…please continue to read. Vitamin D deficiency is important to both men and women. You can skip the ‘women’ issues if you would like and go from there. Women…please read this all the way through. Anybody may know someone who is suffering with this and be able to help.
Here is my story…
6 months ago my life was going along like normal. I am normally a very happy and outgoing person who loves life and is always smiling (most of the time! ]). A few days before my period was due to start I usually have a day or two of trouble sleeping. This has been for years…so nothing new here.
So, I had a few days of rough sleep, then 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, 6 days…every day. It never stopped! I didn’t understand what was going on. I was not overly stressed out, nothing crazy was going on, but I was just NOT SLEEPING. I would go to bed around 10pm and wake up anywhere between 1:15 and 2:00. After about a week or two of this and sleep deprivation eating me alive I made an appointment with my gynecologist. Being in my mid 40’s I assumed that this was a hormonal issue. THANK GOODNESS-more on this later.
I went to my Gyno and one of the first things he said was that he thought I had a vitamin D deficiency. Which I laughed at and thought he was crazy. I am a sun person and I drink milk. I thought he was crazy.
At this point I was feeling like I was losing my mind. Sleep deprivation will do that to you. I felt like crying all the time. No matter what I did I would wake up after 3-4 hours of sleep. I was given Ambien, Xanax, Benadryll….and a combination of all three–NOTHING WORKED….NOTHING. I could take all that and it didn’t matter. I should say that I am not a big medicine person to begin with, but all I wanted to do was sleep….and nothing was working.
My only survival was taking a nap around noon…and believe me…I slept! I usually slept about an hour to 90 minutes. This was the only way I could survive. I was also on Xanax 3 times a day to help me get through this.
Finally, my results came in and YES….I had vitamin D deficiency. I was at a 32, which is below the critical level. Now, you will find information on the internet that says that level is okay. From what I understand the numbers are being changed to what they should be. At a time I believe 30-50 was okay- this has since changed. You can read more of that information on your own.
While waiting for the blood results I started on 5000 D3 Vitamin D pills, but they take a while to work. So I continued with them and I am still taking those pills twice a day.
When I found out about this I made an appointment with my regular family doctor. First, to tell him what was going on. Secondly, to ask him what my blood test (I had just had a blood test done 3 months prior) had said. He pulled it up and said all was good. I said it can’t be? He said that my level was fine, nothing to worry about. I told him what my gyno said about it and moved on.
At this point life is rough. I am still not sleeping. I am taking it one day at a time and trying to survive the sleep deprivation and panic attack feelings I was having daily. I couldn’t even drive into town without my heart rate gong up and feeling like a panic attack was coming on. I lived at our house and survived the best I could.
A few weeks later I make an appointment with my regular doctor again for some other reason, but I figured I would fill him in on what was going on again…not sleeping…panic attacks…etc…well now…at this appointment my doctor changed his tune. This time he said my level was low and most likely causing me problems. He must have read up on everything about what is going on with Vitamin D deficiency in this Country. He was now on board with what my gyno was saying and that my deficiency was causing me these problems.
I must back track a moment here to tell you all that I have been working out for 30 years at this point and my workout days were gone at this point. At 3am in the morning I would force myself to walk on the treadmill-that was all I could handle at this time….and this went on for about 2 months…treadmill only. Physically I could not handle anything else. After two months of this I was slowly able to participate in yoga-which has transformed my life-I will blog more about this in the future. Suffice to say-yoga helped me survive what was happening. I did yoga during this time as well as walking…and that was it…
At this point I would wake up at 1-2am and walk the treadmill around 3am. By noon I had to sleep. I would then go to yoga 2-3 days a week n the evenings and by 10am I was falling asleep-couldn’t keep my eyes open!
At the 3 month mark I was starting to get back into my normal life again and sleeping was returning to normal. For example, last night I slept 7 1/2 hours. That is still a miracle to me now. I wake up so happy I can’t even tell you how excited I feel. I have now had about 3 weeks of decent sleep…anywhere from 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours. I am assuming that my Vitamin D pills are finally kicking in and my levels are good. I actually go next week for my blood check at my gynecologist.
I am so glad to not be exhausted anymore. I am so grateful for my husband who was the most understanding person during this complete transformation of his wife. He told me to do whatever I needed to do to get through this. Told me to sleep, to rest and take care of me…and I did…to the best of my ability. I am also fortunate that I work from home. If I didn’t I would have been fired. I had the luxury of being able to nap during the afternoon. Thank God!!
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The reason I am posting this blog is because I want to help others that may be suffering from this same thing. Maybe somebody out there will read this and find comfort that they are not alone. That their is light at the end of the tunnel. It takes time, but it comes.
The MAIN REASON is one very important one!!! I went to the gyno first. As stated above I am in my mid 40’s so I thought this was hormonal. Had I not gone this route I would have went to my family doctor and would have been told that my blood work was fine and that I was depressed/had anxiety, or something along those lines. Most likely given a pill and been told to see a counselor. This thought terrifies me!! That could have been me. I would have thought I was going crazy and I probably would not have known for quite some time what was really wrong with me. How bad would it have gotten had this went on without this help?
My regular doctor does not check for vitamin D deficiency on a regular basis. Therefore-nothing would have been done. I hope that maybe, just maybe this blog will help another person so that never has to happen to them. Go get your vitamin D levels checked. Vitamin D deficiency for me caused me sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression and more…the very same things that professionals would consider sending you to a counselor for, which is great, but the underlying problem would never have been found. That scares me for others-I don’t want anybody to have to go through that unnecessarily!
If it wasn’t for my husband and my friends and family I don’t know how I would have made it through this. If anybody else wants to share please do so. This whole thing threw me for a loop and a half…it was as if somebody pulled the rug right out from under me!
I will post more on this in the future but I wanted to get this out there. I am not a doctor, but I can share what has happened to me. I could and will write more about this. Thank you for looking and pass this onto anybody you feel would benefit from it. Vitamin D deficiency is running rampant in this country, and is nothing to take lightly. More to come…