Friday, August 20, 2010

I got off of cholesterol meds!!!

When I was first diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, my level was 18 which is a severe deficiency. At my last checkup, I found out that my vitamin D level was at 75 and all my blood work was normal. My Doc said I no longer need statin drugs to lower my cholesterol.

When I first started taking the statin (cholesterol lowering drug), I began to have muscle cramps. I was never prone to muscle cramps before and these cramps were really strange. I actually had cramps on the tops of my feet! I had cramps in my back and legs as well and it made me very uneasy so I called my Doc. She had my next blood draw checked for vitamin D.

At my initial severe deficiency diagnoses, I was prescribed 50,000IU of vitaminD2 once a week and was still taking the statin drug. After about 2 months, my blood test showed a level of 45, up from the original 18. I started taking 1000IU of over the counter D3 as a maintenance dose. Around  3 or 4 months later, my level dropped back into the 30s, my back pain and weird cramps returned. My blood results showed problems with my cholesterol, triglycerides, etc. still too high.

I was convinced the statin drug had something to do with my vitamin D level. I started taking 3000IUs and still had back pain so I decided to try an experiment. I cut my cholesterol pills in half each day and increased my vitamin D3 to 8000IU daily. I did this for 3 months. For the next 3 months, I cut the cholesterol med down to 1/4 of a pill daily and took 6000IU of vitamin D3 daily. The next month I took no Cholesterol pills and took 4000IU of D3. I went in for a blood draw and the results came back completely in the normal range allowing me to go off the statin drug about a month ago.

I am amazed at the results I got. My overall cholesterol went from 230 down to 163. Since I was on a low dose of the statin drug, it was probably safe for me to do this. I only did it because my Doc had told me it would be safe for me to just stop taking the statin at one point. I did confess to her what I had done when I got those last results. I probably should have told my Doc what I was planning to do, in case she wanted to monitor me more closely and remember, I was taking a low dose of the statin drug.

There are still many medical professionals that don't know much about vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency and how to treat it. Lots of them are afraid and worried about toxicity. The experts know that the doses I took are completely safe, yet many doctors are sticking with the 400IU daily official recommendation. Why? I'll save my ideas on that subject for a later post!