We haven't been very close for a long time now. Seems like D just doesn't like to be in most of the things I eat. Guess that might change.... I cannot eat eggs and milk, and won't eat liver, but hey, fish might reappear on the Heather menu ;)
I'm naturally a tired person. Always have been. I'm not narcoleptic or anything, but you could always count on me being the first one asleep at sleepovers. Yes, I was the one who had her face drawn on by all the other giggling excitable girls who stayed up into the wee hours of the night.
Or had every blanket in the known world piled on top of her to resemble a giant turtle, as she comfortably snoozed the evening away.
Thanks Deven and Liz! Great memories.
But, for several years now, it seems like the lethargy and exhaustion took a turn in a more serious direction, including, muscle pain and weakness, and lack of motivation.
So, I considered the usual suspects: anemia, thyroid disorder, vitamin B deficiency, or vitamin D deficiency.
I'm such an optimist, no? ;)
I'll be honest. I thought the blood tests would come back showing serious anemia. The other diagnoses seemed a little more far-fetched to me, especially considering I already take a vitamin D supplement.
Well, wouldn't you know it!? I'm vitamin D deficient ANYWAY.
It varies among the "experts" as to what is considered the normal range for vitamin D levels. Some say it starts at 30 ng/ml (nanograms/milliliter), some say 32, and goes up to 100 ng/ml.
I'm at 27 ng/ml
So, here comes the increase in D3 supps! I'm ordered to up it to 2,000 international units a day.
I'm hoping that in no time I'll be jumping out of bed like this
until it's time to hit the hay.
So, the next thing on my agenda is to get a bone density scan done, as chronic vitamin d deficiency can cause osteoporosis.
I'm already feeling better just knowing what the issue was, so I can justify my bouts of lethargy and exhaustion, and that I'm not a complete freak.