I wonder whether people are aware that in India, even in the big cities, generally doctors do not ask for testing the Vitamin D levels in the blood of a patient. Further I do not even know whether some or any of the labs would be equipped to find the Vit D levels.
This is what doctors routinely do:
They prescribe sachets containing powdered Vitamin D, to the tune of 60,000 IU. These sachets are to be taken weekly. In very rare cases they would tst for Calcium levels in the blood, otherwise they leave it to the feeling of well-being of the patient--symptoms.
I have osteopenia and no symptoms pertaining to the bones. However I get muscular fatigue of the legs on exertion, with some aches. At first one doctor prescribed 6,00,000 IU by injection, and said this was routinely given to athletes and runners with muscle aches. However I was too scared to take these injections and so did not take them. Six hundred thousand units seemed just too much!
Instead I took the sachet powder of 60,000 IU of Vit D, but cautiously, and only on two occasions spaced two months apart - and felt very good afterwards. As a matter of fact I felt a splurge of activity come into me almost immediately after the first sachet of 60,000 IU. A feeling of "pep" !
A weekly dose of 60,000 IU would boil down to 60,000/7 = 8500 IU per day approx.
I read somewhere on the web that even 10,000 IU of Vitamin D per day are safe without toxic effects.
There was the story on the web of a debilitated lady in a wheel chair who got up and walked after mega doses of Vit D.
I wonder if anyone else has had experience with mega doses of Vit D for osteoporosis or muscle fatigue?
Apart from osteoporosis it is now being said to be good for a variety of ailments including cancer. I wonder if any readers are knowledgeable about Vita D in mega doses.
Edited April 23, 2009 at 6:43 am