You know how some people are always busy? If you ask them how they are the answer is “So busy!” I felt like my answer was always “So exhausted!” But hey, I’m a parent. Aren’t we all exhausted? That said, even a solid 8 hours of sleep every night wasn’t making a dent in my exhaustion.
A few months ago enough weird things were happening to me that I made an appointment with my OB/GYN. I was having weird anxiety about once a month, generally centered around the dog(s). If we were away from home, I wanted to get home as fast as possible in order to check on them. A few times it got bad enough that I considered asking work if I could work from home more. I was also having trouble sleeping, and I felt like I wasn’t handling stress well at all. A little research said maybe perimenopause? So I decided to talk to my doctor.
At my age he was not concerned about perimenopause, but he was concerned about my symptoms. When asked how long I had been exhausted he said “A few months?” Ahhh, a few years? They took a bunch of blood and tested for Lyme, thyroid, and all the usual suspects. The labs came back quickly and luckily, Lyme was negative and my thyroid was normal. My vitamin D was low though. Not crazy low, but low enough (19). He suggested 4000IU of Vitamin D daily.
Dude. Vitamin D is amazing! It has been a game changer! Alllll of my symptoms are gone. I’m still tired, but not that bone tired that I was before. I no longer have to be in bed with the lights out by 11:00pm, and I don’t get the urge to take a nap during the day. The anxiety is also gone, and I’m sleeping like a champ!
A few years ago my GI doc had recommended I take a calcium + vitamin D supplement, since Prilosec can cause bone loss (or increase the risk of broken bones? things conflict). Turns out, the lack of stomach acid from the Prilosec means your body doesn’t absorb Vitamins D and B12 very well. Supplementing is definitely necessary.
My reflux is caused by a hernia, and the surgery I would need to correct it and get off Prilosec is not yet covered by insurance. Until then, I need the Prilosec. My reflux is under control (being gluten free/dairy free/almond free has helped that immensely), so the side effects are absolutely worth the positives. Knowing what I know now, I put Vitamin D and a Vitamin B blend onto my Subscribe & Save order through Amazon to make this as automatic as possible.
I know quite a few of my friends and family also take Prilosec. If you’re tired, get your Vitamin D levels checked! I got tons of sunshine this summer, didn’t matter. My levels were still low.