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what were your results?

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Way too low.

I'm now taking a high dose and am being retested in a month.

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40, by Quest diagnostics. My md thought it was fine, but I disagree.

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Originally they were 27. That was after 4ish months of taking 5000 IU of D3 per day every day. I really hate to think what it was my entire pregnancy and pumping.

But 2.5 months later it was 79. I took 9-10,000 IU of D3 per day. I have no idea how it corrected that quickly given how long I was supplementing at half that. I suspect my original (pre-supplement) D level was extremely low.

My kids were 45 and 47. I had been supplementing both of them though lower than I am now. They were taking 1000 to 1500 IU per day for quite some time. I upped it to 2000 IU as I'd like them higher. I probably need to retest them.

This was Mayo. I am assuming they use the bad test but don't know for sure.

Moral of my story: dose really, really high and you might be able to correct fast. I think I would have stayed low for a long time had I kept it at 5000 IU.

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30 - that was before Vitamin D3 supplementation. My doctor likes to see the levels at least at 50.

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40, by Quest diagnostics. My md thought it was fine, but I disagree.
Quest is the one that needs to be divided by 1.3 in order to get an accurate result, isn't it?
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My first test (whole blood) was 30. This was after 10 months of supplementing at around 2,000 IU per day. My second test (whole blood) about 2.5 years later was only 19. I was still probably supplementing what averaged out to be 2,000 IU per day. Following that, I doubled my intake to 4,000. About one year later, my test (whole blood) was 43 and (blood spot) was 32. (I did both for comparison.) Six months after that it was 44 (blood spot).

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Quest is the one that needs to be divided by 1.3 in order to get an accurate result, isn't it?
Yes, but I *think* they fixed the problem. Not 100% sure.

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Quest is the one that needs to be divided by 1.3 in order to get an accurate result, isn't it?
if that's the case, i don't want to do the math.
quest- 11
6 months later, supping 100,000ius 2x's/week i was at 50ish, same lab

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My first test (whole blood) was 30. This was after 10 months of supplementing at around 2,000 IU per day. My second test (whole blood) about 2.5 years later was only 19. I was still probably supplementing what averaged out to be 2,000 IU per day. Following that, I doubled my intake to 4,000. About one year later, my test (whole blood) was 43 and (blood spot) was 32. (I did both for comparison.) Six months after that it was 44 (blood spot).
You did those at about the same time? That's not impressive for the blood spot version. Bummer! I read a little on the blood spot version but didn't see actual data comparing it to a regular blood draw.

eta: do you know what company did the whole blood test? Maybe it IS good if it was Quest. (hope springs eternal)

eta2: I did the math, 43/1.3 = 33 (close enough to me).
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Mine was 27. Supped a year with 2000iu/day and no sunscreen. Tested again (in Sept) and it was 40-something. Now I'm on 5000iu/day. DS just got tested (Quest) and his was 32. Osteo said 3000iu/day for a month, then back down to 2000iu/day.

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wow - did anyone test and actually have good levels of 50-65?

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I was 42 in August, after supping hvclo, multi w/400iu and a separate 1000iu a day, and at least 4 hours outside everyday all summer. Pathetic I tell ya! I was having malabsorption issues for several months prior, though.

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wow - did anyone test and actually have good levels of 50-65?
Not directly answering your question but I have to admit I did a wow when I heard my results. I live in Hawaii. Hawaii! I was sure I was getting Vitamin D from the sun. I was wrong. If I can have low Vitamin D levels living in Hawaii then people in colder climates should really take it upon themselves to check their levels. It's a simple blood test.

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Less than 1 - unmeasurable. No joke. I was tested and retested by different labs.

I had been in so much pain (muscle aches) for so long before a doctor thought to test.

After a couple of months, it got up to 15. Going for a retest again, soon. Hoping to hit within the normal range soon.
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20 for me, 11 for DD. After 3 months of supping 5,000IU per day (just for me, DD is still BFing so gets it through bm) we are at around 50 and 30.

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wow - did anyone test and actually have good levels of 50-65?
It is shocking isn't it? But what we see here is consistent with every single study I've seen on vitamin D levels. Almost everyone (even high sun exposure people) are deficient. I wish vitamin D levels were routine medical tests.

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Not directly answering your question but I have to admit I did a wow when I heard my results. I live in Hawaii. Hawaii! I was sure I was getting Vitamin D from the sun. I was wrong. If I can have low Vitamin D levels living in Hawaii then people in colder climates should really take it upon themselves to check their levels. It's a simple blood test.
There was a very well designed study of those in Hawaii with very high sun exposure. Almost all of them were under 50 and over half were under 30. The study put forth several thoughts that all boiled down to not everyone makes adequate vitamin D from sun no matter the amount of exposure.

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You did those at about the same time? That's not impressive for the blood spot version. Bummer! I read a little on the blood spot version but didn't see actual data comparing it to a regular blood draw.

eta: do you know what company did the whole blood test? Maybe it IS good if it was Quest. (hope springs eternal)

eta2: I did the math, 43/1.3 = 33 (close enough to me).
I did a little bit of leg work surrounding the conflicting results. My whole blood lab was processed by LabCorp. The spot test was done by ZRT Labs. There is no easy answer about why the results were so different. This, sums up a lot of it, however (and honestly, I'm not sure which I trust to be more reliable):

http://www.zrtlab.com/download-docum...vitamin-d.html

In general, however, there has been quite a bit of variability in Vitamin D testing. I was told that even blood draws at the same time from the same person done by the same lab can sometimes vary by 25%.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/bu....19168971.html

I used to think all blood test results are reliable but now I realize the science is not as exact as we like to think. For Vitamin D, I really recommend screens and re-screens, which unfortunately gets a little expensive. I'm still using ZRT labs because it is convenient to do the finger stick.

(It is a bit like the hair element tests I see so many people doing. I keep wanting to do one for DS but I've read so much about environmental contamination, conflicting results received by people by different labs, poor quality control, no REAL evidence that what is in the hair analysis is actually in the body, etc. that I haven't yet.)

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The study put forth several thoughts that all boiled down to not everyone makes adequate vitamin D from sun no matter the amount of exposure.
Yup. I think that has been me. All my life. And I have an autoimmune condition now to show for it.

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Less than 1 - unmeasurable. No joke. I was tested and retested by different labs.

I had been in so much pain (muscle aches) for so long before a doctor thought to test.

After a couple of months, it got up to 15. Going for a retest again, soon. Hoping to hit within the normal range soon.
This is exactly where I think I was about six months before being diagnosed with MS. I was in so much muscle pain I literally thought I had cancer or something horrible going on! In retrospect, I am now pretty sure that I was likely completely devoid of Vitamin D. Good luck getting your levels corrected! I'd like my levels to be 50-60!

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148.

Seriously.

I just drew blood for a retest as that is a toxic number.
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148.

Seriously.

I just drew blood for a retest as that is a toxic number.
are you supplementing?

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and i thought above 200 was POTENTIALLY toxic.

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I don't think that's toxic? I agree you need to reassess supplements assuming you were supplementing. But I don't think that's toxic under any measurement.

Was it a ng/ML or an nmol/L? Either way not toxic in my understanding. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih....s/vitamind.asp Govt. issued toxic levels information.

How much were you taking? Given how quickly I went up I keep wondering about the variability of dose levels.

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I don't think that's toxic? I agree you need to reassess supplements assuming you were supplementing. But I don't think that's toxic under any measurement.

Was it a ng/ML or an nmol/L? Either way not toxic in my understanding. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih....s/vitamind.asp Govt. issued toxic levels information.

How much were you taking? Given how quickly I went up I keep wondering about the variability of dose levels.
No supplements, unless you count the 400 IUs in my prenatal. I was 38 weeks pregnant at the time and eating a ton of dairy, cottage cheese, etc. because I was trying to follow a more GD-based diet (didn't have GD though). I was trying to do a lot of non-sunscreen outside time but I am really pale. Perhaps I just need less sun?

I don't know any of the details of the test, just that my midwives gave the result to my primary care doctor and they called me and told me it was too high and to retest in 6 weeks (which I did 2 days ago).

My kid's ped thinks it's a fantastic number though, lol.

eta: thanks for the reassurance on toxicity. I thought anything over 100 was toxic but I read that online somewhere and have no idea about the reliability. I feel absolutely fine, though! Best part is I avoided PPD though I had it last time and I have a much screamier baby this go round.
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