Topic: Low Vitamin D
My Vit D count was down to 21 and 3 months later down to 12. Internist Doc prescribed 50,000 units vit D twice per week. First pill taken I experienced severe gastric distress within 12 hours of taking the pill. I lost 6 of the 8 lbs I gained within a week, and when I saw the internist that prescribed the Vit D mega dose he did not think it could have caused the stomach pain. My wife thougt it burned my stomach from the sudden reaction, particularily since I was doing great, eating what I wanted with no discomfort. Referred to the gastro doc and he did an endoscopy which revealed (no surprise) my stomach was red and swollen and lower esphogas was irritated. I'm on carafate and omperazole and getting some relief. Back on ensure, eating every 2 hours and guarantee I will research any and all new meds thoroughly before putting in my mouth or accepting an injection of any kind. I am 78 years old and the recommendation for Vit D is to start at low end of dose for geriatic patients and monitor closely for improvement, which my doc did not do. He gave the mega dose and said to come back in 4 wks.!! Thankful for an alert wife, who noticed my diminished appetite and grimaced look on my face...only took the one pill and got to doc promptly.
I am 9 months post op and other than this episode continue to do quite well. Good news from this episode is the gastro doc said the healing at the connection sites from the whipple look best of any he has seen. I will work on getting direct sunshine on the deck and tossesd the idea of any vit D supplement. I know everyone reacts differently to prescribed meds, just an FYI in case anyone else sees a similar reaction from Vit D. Thanks to everyone for all of your sharing and caring, this site has truly made a difference to me thorugh a difficult journey to recovery.
Regards and my best to all, Ray