Hello to All,
I've been in severe chronic pain for 7+ years. I was diagnosed with depression and over the course of my life of "normal" coming to disaster over and over.... I was told that my depression was much worse due to my situation. For at least the last year, I was certain I had completely lost my mind! I even committed myself to a psych unit and 3 shrinks had to agree to allow me to leave. I left with more antidepressants and still no help. I did gain weight very rapidly from one of the meds. And after seeing a Dermatologist for psoriasis, he referred me to a Rhuematologist.
My Rheumotogist saved my life by testing my blood for everything possible.
I got a phone call that my vitamin D was extremely low. I was in the single digits and he wanted me to be 50+.
I have been working in healthcare since 1995.
I hadn't heard anything about how devastating the D deficiency could be and since being diagnosed in February 2014 I have learned that many Drs are not aware of how prevalent this is all over the world.
After 6 weeks of high dose D therapy, it was like a light switch flipped and I was mentally alive again. All the meds and feeling like I was spinning out of control gone!
I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia and after getting my level up to 71, the slight chronic aches and pains are gone.
It seems logical to me that as chronic severe pain sufferers, we tend to stay indoors and inadvertently not getting the natural sunlight our bodies desparately need.
There are very few studies as to why......
But another question in my mind is, could it also be linked to the countless steroid injections and oral steroids I've had in the past 7 years?
Just a thought for all... If you don't get much sunshine, please ask for a simple blood test that can help so much!
L5-S1 micro x2, L5-S1 fusion, ACDF C5-7, Anterior and posterior cervical fusion C4-7, plus 4 right arm surgeries:(