If you are having horrible muscle pain, stiffness, joint pain and all over not feeling well~ please read my story.
I am not Doctor and I am not giving medical advice but I want to share my story. Almost two years ago~ I began to experience severe muscle aches and joint pain at the end of the day when I would get tired. I was walking on an average of 3-4 miles a day. It would get worse after I walked. I felt as though I was coming down with the flu only to sleep at night and wake up feeling better. It began to get worse. I went to my Doctor who thought I had developed an Auto-Immune disease. In hope that my serotonin levels were low and it would help ~,my Doctor offered me Anti-Depressants. I refused this treatment.
I am a good Dr. Mom and a Homeschool Mom of 23 years. I decided to do what I do best~ RESEARCH. I began taking Black Cohosh~ it is an anti-inflammatory so it helped. The pains all went away for several months but came back in the fall. ( Probably because I was getting the sun in the summer.) I went to the Doctor. After a complete exam and blood work, they discovered a mass in my ovary. But blood work showed no Auto-Immune disease. They checked for Lupus~ no there also. I was sent to a Cancer Treatment Center for a complete hysterectomy and it turned out not to be cancer. However ~ it was the type of mass that turned to cancer. I have been grinning and bearing surgical menopause ~ which is all I can say about that. (Some natural Progesterone cream is working miracles.)
About a month ago I woke up and could hardly walk to the next room. I spent the day in bed and begin researching again. I called my Doctor who wanted to do all the testing again that I had done last September~ over $1000 worth of blood work. All showed no Auto-Immune disease just six months ago. This did not add up~ I have had the symptoms on and off for two years but clearly getting worse.
I prayed and asked God for wisdom and direction. I begin seeing a Christian Natural Doctor. The first thing he did was send my hair off for analysis to rule out lead and mercury poisoning. It came back that I was low on Calcium and Magnesium . So we did lab work testing for these things but included Vitamin D. The lab results came back that I was severely Vitamin D deficient. By this time my hips were aching horribly. He started me on a regimen of clinical strength Vitamin D3 three times a day. I just want you to know~ I am a lover of the sun. I am darker skinned and I get lots of sun which confused me a bit~ yet it was still an issue for me. Here are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. Click here. Many times it is misdiagnosed as an Auto-Immune Disease. Chick here. If left untreated it can cause serious diseases in our body.
My symptoms were joint pains, (mostly in my legs) arms ached, my lower back ached. As time went along my hips begin to hurt terribly making it hurt to walk. It would hurt in the morning when my feet hit the floor to take a step. My muscles felt like they were tightening up all night and I constantly felt the need to stretch them out. In overcompensating for the pain my hip bone and pelvic bone on one side were out of joint. I just felt achy all over.
I started Vitamin D3 two weeks ago and I felt the pain ease after the first day. My Doctor said my numbers were almost unreadable and it will take a couple months to really feel better. I am here to tell you two weeks later I walked two miles today.
Please have your Doctor check your Vitamin levels if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. I am so thankful for a Christian Doctor who found the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. My Doctor explained that when our body suffers a severe stress ~it will go to your weak link. I am rejoicing today. He tells me that when our body hurts it is screaming out for something and we need to find what it needs. I am a believer now.