The CAUSE ~ The CURE
I Have Been Pain-Free for 9 Years!!!
In the summer of 1989, at the age of 25, I started to have pain in my neck. It soon spread to my head, shoulders, and upper back. It felt like I had been in a car accident; however, I hadn’t. It continued to get worse. I had x-rays, an MRI, and numerous other tests. The doctors told me it was stress related. The extreme pain continued in my upper body; however, it wasn’t long before my entire body ached and I felt extreme fatigue.
In 1996, I was diagnosed by my doctor with “Fibromyalgia” and this was confirmed by a Rheumatologist. I met all of the criteria for Fibromyalgia including the “trigger points”. Fibromyalgia was first defined by the American College of Rheumatology in 1990.
During the winter, in the beginning of 2007, I was inspired by a doctor, that I had seen for the first time, while at an urgent care visit. After this appointment, I spent many, many hours doing research on the internet. I made an appointment with this doctor, Dr. Haland, and told him that I needed a Vitamin D test. I showed him documentation of the research that I had done. He ordered a 25(OH)D blood test.
My Vitamin D level was 11 ng/ml which is “severely deficient”. The Vitamin D Council recommends a minimum level of 50 ng/ml. There is a lot of research to support why this level is necessary for our health; unfortunately, most of the medical establishment is still behind in this knowledge.
Thankfully, Dr Haland got himself “up-to-speed” quickly when I showed him the results of my research. He put me on 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D twice a week until my blood level reached an optimal level of 50 ng/ml. I continue to take 4,000 – 6,000 a day to maintain my level.
My “Fibromyalgia” was a Vitamin D deficiency! The deficiency was corrected and 19 years of pain ended! Thank you Dr. Haland for giving me my life back!!!
Dr. Haland was and is the best doctor that I have ever seen. He did not act like “Dr. God”. He listened! Shortly after treating me, Dr. Haland left the clinic to take a hospitalist position at a hospital. I was very saddened by this; however, I was and am very grateful that he hadn’t left before making a HUGE IMPACT on my life. THANK YOU DR. HALAND!
After suffering 19 years of extreme pain and fatigue, you can image why I get angry at labs and doctors who say that Vitamin D test results in the 30s are normal. I’m sure you can also understand why it saddens and angers me when I see commercials on TV for drugs to treat “Fibromyalgia” and what these commercials say Fibromyalgia is “thought to be caused from”.