25-hydroxy D3

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25-hydroxy D3
« on: September 22, 2020, 08:17:32 AM »
Hi all,

Just sharing that as advised by Andy, I gave my 16 year old daughter 6 doses of 50,000 iu vitamin D3. Her serum level is 75 nmol (ref range 20-100). The psychiatrist is taking her off antidepressant (SSRI).
[Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

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Re: 25-hydroxy D3
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2020, 08:44:25 PM »
Melissa,

That is wonderful to hear. I really hate to see people on antidepressants. The founder of this group was on Paxil and to this day, I feel it caused her death, as she no longer cared about anything, including taking care of herself. Yes, she wasn't as bothered by anxiety, but for God's sake, who wouldn't have anxiety when their health is so bad. All the antidepressant did was make her not care about anything.
When there is no clear reason why one is depressed, vitamin D deficiency should always be considered and treated before trying addictive drugs.
Andy

All we are saying is give thals a chance.

Re: 25-hydroxy D3
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2020, 12:40:30 AM »
Hi Andy,

Thank you for sharing that information about Lisa, that was very useful information. When I first started searching about thalassemia and mood disorders, this forum did not pop up on my search results for the longest time. By then, she was already on a mood stabiliser. I was giving her methylfolate and methycobalamin along with the antipsychotic and anticonvulsant. Later it was changed to antipsychotic and antidepressant combination. Then the antipsychotic was removed and now we are tapering off the Sertraline. I have managed to keep the meds dosing low all these while.

My daughter’s moods were so bad that we had to ward her in a psychiatric hospital. It was there that I learnt that they had many thals who do not respond to psychiatric medication. My daughter’s primary psychiatrist is a very kind man, he listens and runs blood tests when I request for it. But what was surprising for me as well as him was that he could not order the 25-hydroxy vitamin D serum test, it could only be done by the haematologist.

I will update you again and post other test results for reference.

[Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

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Re: 25-hydroxy D3
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2021, 05:08:23 PM »
I take some vitamin D supps, definitely worth doing, but natural is the best way to go.
Can your daughter get sunlight daily? Direct sunlight for 20-60 mins a day would be great, and sunlight for even 5 mins in the morning regulates the circadian rhythm in the body. Going for a walk every morning in sunlight or doing other exercise would be ideal, exercise and sun are natural anti depressants, but youd want to do this for a few weeks to see the real benefits.
Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, makeral and eggs also have natural vitamin D.
All that said im not a doctor, depression is likely caused by multiple factors.

Re: 25-hydroxy D3
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2021, 11:13:14 PM »
Hi TonyF,

Thank you for sharing your view. We live 85miles from the equator and sunshine is plentiful all year around. We also have 50% skin exposed most times. Her depression is also caused by iron issues. Her ferritin is ridiculously low and not responding to oral treatment. My son and MIL also have ferritin issues . The haematologist has requested for TMPR336 gene testing. She eats plenty of fatty fish too.
[Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

 

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