How Long Does It Take For Vit.d To Take Effect? I Have Inflammation In Joints (Thought It Was Ra And Still Could Be). Taking 1000mg/day. Is That Enough?

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Asked by Kim

How Long Does It Take For Vit.d To Take Effect? I Have Inflammation In Joints (Thought It Was Ra And Still Could Be). Taking 1000mg/day. Is That Enough?

The Rheumatologist started me on methotrexate but I didn't want to take that. My other doctor said I could have the inflammation in my joints because of deficiency in vitamin D and low iron. Am I taking the right dosage and how long does it take to start working, if this is truly the reason for my inflammation?

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hit something and I'm going to be completely honest with you. Up to 30% of people living with RA are seronegative, that means their blood tests are negative for RA and it can make it really difficult to get a diagnosis. If a rheumatologist, a specialist in rheumatic diseases, has diagnosed you with RA and a doctor. of environmental medicine, who is a specialist in (according to the American Association of Environmental Medicine) "the clinical interaction between humans and their environment" says it's something else, I would lean towards believing the rheumatologist. That's not to say that vitamin D may not play a role - a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the role of vitamin D deficiency in the development of autoimmune diseases and certain cancers - but I would recommend you hedge your bets here.

I understand you don't want to take the medication - none of us do. However, medication protects your joints from damage that can limit your future mobility. It's tempting to go with the theory that maybe you just need more vitamin D, but what if you do have RA? It certainly sounds as if you believe you may very well have it. And this is where hedging your bets comes in. Because I would recommend that you stay on the methotrexate, get your vitamin D levels tested and if you have a deficiency, by all means treat it. It can only improve your general health. it may also have an effect on your pain levels.

it also sounds to me as if you may need some more information about RA, its implications and where treatment can get you so you can feel more comfortable about your diagnosis, be more educated so you can be convinced one way or another about your diagnosis, learn more about managing side effects, etc. Check out our basics of RA area, as well as my post for people who are newly diagnosed - there are links to many articles in our reference area that can give you more information.

Hang in there. And please keep us posted on your progress.