Here is something to consider re vit D supplementation.
I supplement at 4000 to 6000 iu/ day. I had to stop supplementing calcium with it
and start taking more magnesium because I was getting pain in my arms and legs.
Apparently hypercalcemia, too much calcium, is something to manage if you
use high dose vitamin D. Vitamin D is clearly a good thing, but not without risks.
If anyone has more sophisticated thoughts on how to manage it, I would love to hear them.
Severe hypercalcemia following vitamin d supplementation in a patient with multiple sclerosis: a note of caution.
Marcus JF, Shalev SM, Harris CA, Goodin DS, Josephson SA.
Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, 350 Parnassus Ave, 908, PO Box 0114, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org
To describe a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) who developed severe hypercalcemia, attributed to the additive effect of 5500 IU of cholecalciferol and 2020 mg of calcium daily.
A 58-year-old woman with MS and osteoporosis presenting with acute-onset tremors and confusion.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:
Serum calcium and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.
The patient's corrected serum calcium level was 15.2 mg/dL (reference range, 8.7-10.1 mg/dL; to convert to millimoles per liter, multiply by 0.25), and her 25-hydroxyvitamin D level was 103 ng/mL (to convert to nanomoles per liter, multiply by 2.496). The results of extensive laboratory tests to rule out hyperparathyroidism, malignant neoplasms, and other causes of hypercalcemia were unrevealing.
It is common practice to prescribe high-dose cholecalciferol to MS patients for its possible role in immunomodulation and relapse-rate reduction. Nevertheless, cholecalciferol may increase serum calcium, and there seems to be an additive effect when patients simultaneously use calcium supplements. This case underscores the need for physicians to be attentive to the possibility of hypercalcemia in patients treated with both high-dose cholecalciferol and calcium.