Well just been to see my GP about the deficiency and I have to say she was not very clued up on it all! She's a great GP and does actually admit it when she doesn't know the answer to something but this means she wasn't a lot of use to me this morning!
She said doctors don't tend to worry themselves over individual vitamins (
) in the way that nutritionists do ... and that vitamin D is the 'hot topic' at the moment. She was honest and said that she couldn't give me any info because she doesnt' know it and can't advise what the vitamin is going to help me with (might as well have stayed at home
So, she looked through her meds book and found that she can only prescribe vitamin D with calcium but as my calcium levels looked adequate we're both a bit wary of this - I mentioned that I had found D3 from Holland & Barrett so I might go with that so it doesn't effect the calcium levels.
Calicum results, 2.36 & Adjusted Calcium, 2.26 (range 2.15-2.55) - BUT the doc did say that plasma calcium readings are not what's actually going to work in the body, people with osteoporosis will have normal blood readings. Think this fits with what I have been reading that says when vitamin D levels are low the body leaches the calicum from your bones.
She's prescribed me Adcal-3, one tablet a day and I am to see how I go on that - doesn't seem like a very big dose of D to me though, only 400ui a day?
She warned me it might upset my stomach because of the calcium...
Does anyone think it's worth me writing to the endo I saw at Christmas to get his opinion? Or Dr Skinner?? Confused.com!
Pincushion - the ESR can be raised for many reason but it's basically a non-specific indicator of inflamation, mine is usually around 18/20 and never seems lower than that - my mum has arthritis type problems and hers is always around 50. Docs will always say it'll be down to something like a virus or even a tooth infection if it's not raised too high - keep an eye on it, track your levels and see if it changes ot gets higher but essentially I don't think it's anything to worry about.
I would always say leave at least 4 hours between your thyroxine and any other supplements to ensure they don't effect the absorption.
Is your endo prescribing the vitamin D on it's own?