My recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia is still sinking in. Truth be told, I’m having a tough time embracing it as an “official medical condition” given that it’s loosely defined as a hodgepodge of this and that, with a little “psychiatric” undertones thrown in for good measure.
But, make no mistake about it. The aches and pains of fibromyalgia are real – very real. It’s just nailing down the actual cause of those aches and pains that seems to be the challenge for the medical community, apparently.
Fortunately for me, I received a little bit of good news this week which might shed some light on this not-so-clearly-defined-condition, and it came by way of my blood work. It seems that my Vitamin D levels are extremely low.
This is significant because some of the symptoms of low Vitamin D are: fatigue, general muscle pain and weakness, muscle cramps, and chronic joint pain – all of which I’ve been experiencing for quite some time. Low Vitamin D is also associated with diseases such as: multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and yes, fibromyalgia as well.
I am now taking 50,000 units of Vitamin D twice a week for 8 weeks, and will then take 50,000 units once a month for a few more months after that. While I don’t expect this therapy to fix all of my aches and pains, I am definitely on my way to addressing the problem.