Leg Muscle Fatigue Due to Vitamin D Deficiency?

by Priya Nath Mehta
(Mussoorie, Himalayas, India)

Priya Nath Mehta ( Nathji) at Mussoorie, India

Priya Nath Mehta ( Nathji) at Mussoorie, India

I used to walk up and down mountain roads with great speed even at the age of 65 right up to 2007. Then I got an ache in the left hamstring-- which was as much due to sitting too much at the computer table as possibly too much walking up on slopes.

I also had vague aches in the back while getting up from the ground from squatting posture.

An MRI showed I had the usual slipped discs from age and sitting too much at the computer, at L4-5 and L5-S1, which were causing me no discomfort otherwise, no pains in the back etc.

Side by side I had vague tingling feelings in the left thigh, the one with the stretched hamstring. I began exercises for the back and the legs and tool Actonel for osteopenia side by side. The tingling feeling changed to one of exhaustion in one thigh.

However as I continued to walk -- haltingly along the way --the tingling and exhaustion in one of the thighs all but disappeared.

But then a new symptom appeared as I began to feel muscular fatigue in both legs after walking for some time, sometime half an hour, sometimes one hour. This fatigue became acute at times.

So I started taking Vit D 60,000 IU per week, as I read it was good for muscular fatigue. I actually began feeling better and the fatigue became less frequent. But then when I cut the Vit D down to half, the leg fatigue appeared again on walking.

I have the following question: is the muscular fatigue in the legs related to the slipped discs, or is it related to excessive strain on walking, or is it the result of Vit D deficiency?

Is it something that may be benefited by massage alone?

I eat well and take low glycemic foods before and after the walk. And there does not appear to be any iron or B12 deficiency either as I have been taking enough of both.

Thanking you so much for your kind advice and guidance.


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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Priya,

There is just simply no way for me to know why you would be feeling weakness again. I can't imagine that it is due to vitamin d deficiency since your level was so high- it's not likely to have fallen enough to be out of the optimal Vitamin D Level range.

I know that it's not easy for you to get supplements where you are, but my next thing for you to try would still be magnesium.

It is responsible for muscle contraction and relaxation and can play a big part in fatigue. Even though you are a vegetarian, it's possible that you are either not absorbing as well as you used to or just have some higher needs for magnesium than you did when you were younger. It's impossible to say.

Whether magnesium will even help or not, I don't know, but that is my recommendation for what to try next.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

by: nathji

Dear Kerri,

Many thanks for taking time off from your valuable time to answer my query. Yes, I will search for Magnesium supplements in case they are available in India. My multi-vitamin tablet just contains a pittance of 0.5 mg!! I will also search for Magnesium foods.

Thank you for always being there.

don't worry
by: Anonymous

Hi! I was diagnosed Sep 2008 and my doc said he thought I'd had the deficiency for quite a while -- maybe several years. I was disappointed that after my 8 weeks of Rx Vit D (50,000iu/week + every other week for 2 more weeks) that I didn't feel a lot better. It has taken many months and I notice little things along the way.

For example, one thing that was a surprise is that my skin/face looked more healthy. That makes sense after I went back and watched Dr. Holick's video from his website, the ECTS external link. It shows a slide of unhealthy skin vs. Vit D repleted healthy skin.

It takes time, but it works! I tell myself every morning that "I will feel better today than I did yesterday".

One of my friends told me once that she likes a phrase, "make your own sunshine". Positive self-feedback has been reported to be beneficial.

I also started taking dance classes, which I love! Best to you!

How long to get levels up!
by: Gloria

As I mentioned in another comment -- when I was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency (a level of 21 nmol/L), I took a daily supplement of ~20,000 iu daily for 3 months or more (it was over winter and we are in Canada) before my levels were in a good place. When summer came I started sunning and lowered my dose to ~10,000 iu daily.

My Doctor had said to take 1000 iu per day (likely standard practice for here) but I knew that was not the right thing to do!

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