Vitamin D Deficiency: What happens when you take the Injection?

By | September 2, 2010

Remember my last post when i sought Vitamin D treatment in Q8?

The day i recieved my test results i called almost all the pharmacies in Q8 searching for the Vitamin D Ampoules. They are brought in from Egypt very cheap by the way. None had them. One Pharmacy actually tricked me by saying they did have them and when we went to take it they said we have the pills buy the pills. Thieves. If i wanted to take the pills, which are NOT as effective as the injections, i would have taken them.

I literally called all the private hospitals in Q8 and several private clinics. None of them provided a treatment. The only hospital that actually provides Vitamin D treatment is Dar El Shifa in hawalli. You can make an appointment with 2 doctors, just ask the receptionist about the Vitamin D treatment and they will help you out.

The doctor gave me 5 vitamin D injections to be taken once every two weeks. After the 5 injections i should test my Vitamin D levels and see how it goes.

The 5 Ampoules cost 5 KD only by the way.

He also provided me with a signed note to present to any Nurse with the Ampoule and i would get my shot.

I went upstairs to the ER of Dar El Sheifa to take my shot. I was scared. I heard it was so painful people actually screamed out in pain while they were injected. Including my own sister in the exact same hospital.

In less than 30 seconds, i got the injection and i felt absolutely nothing. Period.

I went home saying how nice! Maybe i have a different nervous system or maybe women were being babies… or it’s just an urban myth like the Ibrat Naar thing we dreaded back in school.

24 Hours later… and i begin to feel a slight pain in the injected area. I went to sleep however ignoring the pain. But i was woken up in the middle of the night by the intensified pain. I simply couldn’t move my entire lower right area and it hurt like mad trying to walk. I couldn’t get out of bed.  I was feverish, i was late for work. I felt really really sick… like i had the flu.

I went to see a doctor who said i have a slight cold i must have been caught in some cold air draft or something and that my symptoms has got nothing to do with the Vitamin D injection, Especially the dry couch and the inability to breathe well. I went home feeling very sick and stayed in bed and had some medicine and ate sick people’s food. Then at night i sat up, nothing is wrong with me! Everything has vanished.

The next time i took the Vitamin D injection it was in another hospital… it hurt a bit but it was the Nurses fault. The one at DAr El Sheifa had amazing light hands. Nothing happened for 24 hours but then the symptomps came back and i was very sick for one day. Then it vanished. Just like that.

I took my 3rd shot Yesterday afternoon. Sure enough, i returned home today at 11 to find my lower right side hurting again like mad. I began coughing that annoying dry couch again and have trouble breathing. I feel the fever’s heat coursing through my body… especially at the tips of my fingers and toes -don’t ask me why- and i have a general feeling of fatigue, being unwell, and my head is buzzing. I don’t feel like eating su7oor or anything. I Feel like resting and sleeping and i know i wouldn’t be able to get out of bed tommorow.

Hopefully by this time tomorrow night all the symptoms have subdued and i am well again.

So this is what happens when you take the Vitamin D Treatment. It is not pretty. But in the end it’s totally worth it seeing how much is at stake with low levels of Vitamin D…

Did you get the same symptoms as me when you got your vitamin D treatment or am i the only one?

47 Responses to “Vitamin D Deficiency: What happens when you take the Injection?”

  1. Q80BOY says:

    Awww are the injections forever?

  2. C'est la vie says:

    I took two already in jabriya mostaw9ef …when the nurse put the needle I don’t feel nothing and when she starts to inject the medicine it’s like ants moving in your body :)) then it hurts like something hit that place for a while and that’s it ……what happens to u is strange ,ur not taking a vaccine that makes u sick I think u should ask about it
    For me after 2 months I didn’t notice any change …one of my friends her hair became better and one other lady ..well she stared to sleep good be happy and more active :)

    • danderma says:

      People always say you feel it while it’s being injected… including my own sister who went to the same hospital as me! I don’t know why i feel absolutely nothing while being injected?

      When i ask the doctors yegolon li mo mimha. Excuse me 3 times same exact symptoms y3ni shloon? Then my body always reacts 3la keifah to medication i wouldn’t be surprised it’s acting up.

      I noticed that the twitching in my body o il pain in my bones is almost gone. and they say it makes you lose weight *fingers crossed*

      • Amal says:

        Maybe you’re allergic to one of the contents of the injection..? Because it’s mixed with our contents, I assume..
        I got mine twice so far, all smooth..!

        • danderma says:

          Could be but one of my friends suffered pains as well from the injection. Only while she was being injected and straight afterwards and not a day after like in my case.

  3. says:

    look at this it’s very interesting

  4. Summer says:

    Salamaat! I never knew it was that bad!! :(

    • danderma says:

      People say it shouldn’t… that it hurts when ur being injected o thats it… bs apparently ana 3ax il nass :p

  5. Abid Hasan says:

    I just drink milk that has Vitamin D in it, so I don’t need vitamin D injections!

    • danderma says:

      I have been drinking that milk for over a year now. and i love milk. It does nothing to you. Unless you expose your 40% of your body to the Dawn Sun between 6am and 7 am for 20 minutes… you might need Vitamin D.

  6. Hope says:

    hello there
    Slamaat sweetie, ajer o 3afya InShallah
    u know this is weird, cuz my doc gave me 4 shots only cuz I have very low Vit D levels, they usually give 3
    what makes it even more weird is that I took one each month, not every 2 weeks
    ‘n yeah it hurts bs just for the time being, sometimes ma t3awer 5air shr.. u’re symptoms r really freaking me out, cuz none of my friends or relatives who took it experienced such a thing.. poor u
    bs may I ask, laiSh u took the injections in the private sector, they’re available in the poly clinics ?

    again Slmat o ma tShofeen shar

    • danderma says:

      Ee my sister who went to the same hospital took 3 shots each 1 month. Apparently the dosage of this is less than the monthly one so it shouldn’t “hurt”

      Galolee doray 3la il emo9taw9efat o shofay which one 3ndohom o marat 3ndohom marat ma 3ndohom o doctors il 7koma yetfalsefon 3la rasi nos.hom say u need vitamin D o el nos il thanee yeth7koon o dismiss it o ygolon go sit in the sun o bs… mali kholghom. Re7t private sector 5 minutes i am done la loya wala 2athya wala 6rara min il mo9taw9ef. Cost me 5 KD only…

  7. pink says:

    i’m really surprised because wayid asma3 of people complaining of vitamin D deficiency and them needing to take injections.. i spoke ma3a doctor oo gali you don’t need injections and being deficient in it is not worrying .. ya3ni doctors advise spending a 1/2 an hour in the sun to get the needed vitamin D, i don’t understand why you would need treatment or why some of these doctors are prescribing injections, the only thing that is worrying when you have vitamin D deficiency and doctors focus on is Rickets disease and that effects children and impinges the development of the kids bones, bs that is it … ya3ni its very scary how these doctors are giving out unneeded treatment and are getting away with it..

    • danderma says:

      1/2 the doctors don’t believe in Vitamin D. They think it’s a fad. Especially in Q8 being very sunny and all.

      The first doctor i spoke to laughed at me and refused to order blood tests to check my vitamin D levels.

      he made me believe it’s a fad. But i double checked with my mother who is a doctor as well and she strongly believes in taking injections because it causes serious health problems. Both Mental & Physical. Many other Doctors agree with her. and i trust my own mothers judgement.

      And they are not giving out injections for anyone who asks. They are doctors and they know their job. They will only give it if after a blood test it shows that the patient has severe vitamin D deficiency. Especially given that Excess level of Vitamin D would cause some sort of poisoning. El deniya mo fawtha and they certainly don’t want to lose their license 3la Vitamin D shots.

      I suggest you speak to a doctor who believes in Vitamin D Deficiency and he can explain it to you further. If you can’t find one google it and see.

      • pink says:

        that’s so weird..because the same thing happened to my mom .. she has vitamin D deficiency and was looking everywhere for her 2nd injection but the doctor just laughed .. like literally laughed and said that wasn’t important and that it was a fad ! abai like exact words… i googled ma ligait shai like consistent, ya3ni it does mention that darker skinned people are more prone to it which might explain why a lot of ppl in kuwait have it bs it doesnt really emphasize the need for the injextions…. but ill definitly let my mom know ymkin itroo7 another doctor and ask..

  8. K says:

    Interesting thanx for sharing. Hope this will up your levels and make you feel better in the long run.

  9. giggles says:

    i hope you feel better soon. when i got my injections at first it did hurt but then gradually the pain started to go and i was fine, i got used to injections i have one almost every month for different reasons maybe that’s why i did not experience all your symptoms only the pain and the fatigue.

    • danderma says:

      Ee maybe because my injections are every two weeks ga3ed ye9eer chithee… but u did get the pain and fatigue right?

  10. DrMalik says:

    Dear Danderma,

    Well, sure most Kuwaitis specially females have low Vit D levels. This is mostly due to lack of exposure to good sunlight. concerning the treatment, in the past was Vit D injections, but now oral vit D capsule is available, and its as EFFECTIVE as injections. if you need Vit D injections, we have it in Mubarak hospital, for FREE! and if you want to take the oral capsule which are 50,000 IU, we also have it in Mubarak hospital, also for FREE! for the capsules, you need to take one capsule per week. If you want my advice, stick with oral (make sure its Vit D 50,000 IU and not one alpha tablet or Calcium), as you might get infection, abscess, and so on by taking injections intramuscular. All the best, o bel slamaa :)

    • danderma says:

      hello doctor… thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog :)

      they told me in 7kooma the only available injections are in alrazi… and thats if i have was6a.
      my friend went to Mubarak Hospital and asked to take the blood test to check for vitamin D… they told her it would take two months to get her the results. Same thing happened with my husbands friend who was told that it takes that long because the blood is taken to a lab in france or something. Thanfkully his brother is a Doctor in Amiri who helped him out.

      the reason why i say the Vitamin D pills were inaffective is because my sister took them for a long time being afraid of injections and they did nothing to her levels of vitamin D. Unless there is a new pill or a stronger pill?

      They also say you can drink the injection thing instead of having it injected and many people are drinking it.. madry 3ad if its absorbed in the body if u drink it wella gets damaged if it goes to your stomach…

      Thanks again for replying to my post. Allah yesalmich insha2 Allah :)

      • DrMalik says:


        Well, concerning the blood investigation, yes its true, the result is from France and it takes time, so better to do it in private which will cost less than 25 KD. As more and more people are getting aware about Vit D deficiency, more Vit D injections/capsules are being dispensed, that’s why sometimes we have shortages. now, concerning the oral capsules, its the same efficacy, the old tablets were alpha one vit d, depend from 0.25mg, to 0.5 mg, these are as useful as the new 50,000 IU vit D capsules. Well, I have couple of patients got their Vit D level to normal using only the tablets. finally, I am a he not a she, and allah ysalmch :)

        • DrMalik says:

          Correction, now, concerning the oral capsules, its the same efficacy, the old tablets were alpha one vit d, depend from 0.25mg, to 0.5 mg, these are NOT as useful as the new 50,000 IU vit D capsules

  11. giggles says:

    yes i did get them

  12. wet knickers says:

    hope ur feeling better..
    i never had vitamin d injections..
    but iron injections made me feel my arm was about to drop off
    its still here ;p

  13. Actually the pills ARE effective bas it depends on what type of deficiency u have as well as ur body type and the actual intensity of the deficience
    7aram thalamteehom 😛

  14. ambay .. why every 2 wks o.test straight after ?

    its FREE 3indina bl clinic for all

    according to the guidlines by the consultan endocrinologist who started the campaign in kuwait in the first place its

    1 injection per mnth
    the number acc to the level of vit D in ur body
    after 2 mnths from the last injection u repeat the test along with blood test to check the kidney and a special urine test

    o its not as necessary as u think, its a good thing but u wont dieor become sick without it

    o it should only hurt/cramp in the area of the injection or in the whole limb or back
    there should be no systemic symptoms like fever or flu like symptoms like u discribed, its not a vaccine

    sorry im typing in the dark

  15. Dr Malik I must correct your info, it is not being sent to France anymore, sarlohom a year or more ysawona in Kuwait. First they started in Sabah then in AMiri, We offer blood tests in polyclinics of all of Al3a9ma. I did one and it took 2 weeks. BUT 2 weeks ago the reagent ran out so they stopped all requests till they get it again which they will.

    Danderma, awal ma bidat the awareness campaign it took 2 mnths to get the result cuz they send it to france. Now they do not take long.

    According to Dr Nadia Alali, endocrinologist responsible for this campaign, the natural way to get the vitamin D is for direct (no glass) sun exposure
    of 40% of the body
    from 9am to 3pm
    2 to 3 times a week

  16. jojo says:

    Hello , matshoofeen shar ;* , I also have Vitamen D deficiency, but I take the injections once a month , I felt a little pain when I got them , but the day after I felt a lot of pain !! . I couldn’t sleep on my left side , ma gidart a5ith ra7ti w ana ga3da and it even hurts when I walk !! Again ma tshoofen shar , and I could really use some tips if you have some !!

    Feel better soon xoxo

    • danderma says:

      Thank you! Once I got my Vitamin D levels up I stopped the injections and now I only take pills!

  17. Priya says:

    The person giving the injection has to be a trained person. The needle is slightly thicker than usual. The nurse who gave me the injection was awesome. She massaged the area after the injection. I have no pain at all.

    I have to take them once for 6 weeks.

    • danderma says:

      All the injections were given to me by trained and certified nurses inside the hospital, but only one or two of them massaged the area. I think I need to go back and get another course…

  18. salwa says:

    Hi… thanks for sharing about vit d deficiency … i am vit d deficiency …i was shocked when i knew that i have low vitamin d… the doctor gave me injection 1 every month … but still 2 more to go>>> i just want to ask do you
    need to take calsium every day after injection ?
    thank you

    • danderma says:

      I personally didn’t take the calcium but when I was done with all the injections my Vitamin D levels were better than fine. I think you need to ask your doctor when to take the calcium though becuase everyone is different.

      • salwa says:

        thank u for reply… can i ask you again … you said you took injections ever 2 weeks is it 200.000 iu or 150.000 iu… and do you take any vitamins after injection sorry for asking to much… thank you for your reply… =)
        Im really happy that you share about vitamin d ..thank you

        • danderma says:

          I used to take B complex vitamins and I still do from time to time. I don’t remember the iu number on the Vitamin D I used to take sorry

  19. Gul says:

    dear all
    I was deficient with vit d but took my 5000iu capsules every day for 3 months now my level is 80 nmol/l( 35ng/ml )my doctor still want to give me vit d injections. my concern is that is it safe to take the injection on this level of vit d. anyone of u too at this level? please advise I am delaying my shots.

    • danderma says:

      Dear Gul, it wouldn’t be my place to advice you of anything seeing I’m not a doctor but if you are worried why don’t you get a second opinion? Better be safe than sorry!

  20. vitmain d says:

    Hi , salamat
    I took it 1time for 3 mounths
    and every time i take it i feel sick and it gone
    but today a nutrution woman told me that it cuses cancer iwas too scared
    is that true ??

  21. Jim says:

    Does anyone know where or how I can get vitamin D injections in the United States?? Mt endo has no idea and told me to go sit in the sun. She knows I am way to deficient for this toi even begin to help. I would appreciate any input!! Thank you Jim

    • danderma says:

      Perhaps a doctor based in the USA would have better information regarding this, not all doctors think that sitting in the sun should solve the problem.

  22. Mahmood says:


    I have vit D insufficiency and took just a couple of 50000 IU D3 tablets last week and yesterday. Today i got an injection with Drs. prescription of 300000 IU but forgot to mention him abt my 2nd recent (yesterdays) tablet dose (though i did mention abt the last week). Keeping in my mind that my calcium level was already in the highest side of normal reference range, is there a chance of hypercalcemia and can this “50,000” along with 300,000 IU can cause severe overdosage or its normal .
    Any authentic help would be highly appreciated since i started feeling slight pain in my left arm nerve and wanted to know if its a normal symptom after the shot or should i consult a DR. Also if ur calcium is in the normal range can hypercalcemia occur with a once 350000 IU dose? Than you! :)

    • danderma says:

      There is no question about it, you should consult your doctor immediately because whatever anyone else on the internet has experienced or whatever advice you might get, it might not be relevant in your case. Always and forever contact a real doctor in the flesh.