Q. After years of frightening, rapidly increasing bone pain and weakening muscles, I read about the effects of Vitamin D deficiency. I had the grown-up version of rickets.
A daily 1,000 IU dose of D helped within a week, but to get rid of all of the pain and weakness, I ended up taking more than 10,000 IU daily with no toxicity for about two years. I gradually lowered the dose to 6,000 IU daily. It’s wonderful to be able to move without pain, climb stairs without pulling on the handrail, and walk on uneven ground without fear of falling. My grandchildren think I’m getting younger.
A. A daily dose of 10,000 IU vitamin D could be excessive. To find the correct dose, a person should ask the doctor for a vitamin D test.