Low levels of vitamin D.
I have lupus and fibromyalgia, so I am used to being fatigued; however, a few months ago I started feeling worse than I have in years. I am beyond exhausted, but am having trouble sleeping. There are days when my biggest accomplishment is going to the bathroom. I have basically not been able to get out of bed in months. My stomach is constantly upset and my bones HURT. I have severe osteoporosis, so the bone pain is fairly constant, but this pain is much worse and is constant. I have also had some dizzy spells and have fallen into walls several times. I have consulted my regular dr, pain management dr, and my rheumatologist. My rheumatologist has actually thought of starting me on a new drug in a clinical trial for lupus. Last Friday I saw my rheumatologist. Between he and my regular dr, they ran a ton of tests. It turned out that my Vitamin D level is "dangerously low." Different labs have different reference points, but for this lab, a 50-80 is considered normal and best. My level is 7.
I knew that vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium, but I was unaware that a low vitamin d level can lead to osteoporosis and spongy bones, cardiovascular disease, cancer and can cause fatigue, light headedness, stomach distress, excruciating bone pain, circulatory issues, headaches, etc.
I am now on 50,000 IU of vitamin d for a month and then the dose will be reduced. I will have a repeat test in 3 months. I can't continue with osteoporosis treatment until we have the vitamin d level to at least 20. I will be on higher levels of vitamin d supplements until we can get the levels up and then will be on a regular supplement the rest of my life.
The moral of the story is that if you are having symptoms that are just not normal, don't give up. Lay it on the line for your dr. IT was not until I stressed the severity of the symptoms that I have experienced that a dr thought to run this test. It is evidently an expensive test and many insurance companies limit the number of times and the frequency the test can be consulted.
I have been told that it will be about 6 weeks before I start to feel better and several months before I feel human again. I am just thankful that we seem to have found a new answer.