Vitamin D deficiency- multiple aches and pains

by jerry
(Ontario, Canada)

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I'm a 62 year young healthy, athletic (active all my life) male.

3 months ago I began very suddenly getting pains and aches in my neck, shoulders (joints), upper back (as if punched, behind the lungs), lower back (again, as if punched) and just general aching, hips aches and pains and upper back leg aching(more in the left leg).

I love and have always had a good nights sleep, except for these 3 months(aching when on my back,behind the lungs and in general). It's been difficult to get any sleep. I feel better during the day when i'm moving and active.

My doctor just informed me of a low Vitamin D level which i've never had...or never knew. I feel very debilitated even though i can still do some of the activities but i'm trying to go easy for now till a diagnosis is clear.

I'm going for a bone scan and hope this might show more. I'm wondering after all the reading i've done now, if this might just be the cause and if i can get control of it...and the best approach.

with my thanks,


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Aches and Pains and Vitamin D Deficiency
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

Hi Jerry,

Sorry to hear about the past 3 months. It sounds like you've been through the wringer and have had a pretty serious workup too!

More About Vitamin D

Yes, Vitamin D Deficiency CAN cause all of the symptoms that you are mentioning. Even MILD Vitamin D Deficiency can cause aches and pains that seem pretty random.

If nothing is found on your bone scan, then make sure that you get some aggressive treatment for your Vitamin D Deficiency and get it up to the researcher recommended 40 to 80 ng/ml 'optimal range'.

When you Sign Up For My Newsletter you'll receive a terrific research report on Pain and Vitamin D Deficiency that will be very enlightening for you.

Please come back and let us know how you are doing and let me know if you have any other questions.

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


I have had alot bone pain also
by: AprilRain

I started to get lower back pain the last 2 months my pregnancy. Then it stopped for about 3 months & started again when I was into my 3rd month of breastfeeding my son.

By the 6th month it was also making my teeth sensitive & one my knees had pain off & on. By the time i was finished nursing my son after 13 months I was having more pain in other areas.

I had seen my primary doctor, an orthopedist, an endocrinologist & rheumatologist. I had a bone scan, bone density test, back Xray & alot blood work & after all that i was diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency.

The longer you were deficient the longer it can take until your feeling better. I'm into my 8th week of vitamin d therapy & I'm still feeling achie.

My Endocrinologist said it may take 3 to 4 months until I'm feeling better. I hope your bone scan comes back normal.

Aches and pains all the time
by: Anonymous

I am an African Canadian woman of 68 years, very active (Nurse), especially gardening and a lot of handwork (beading and sewing).

For more than one year now I have had lower backache, body pains most of the time especially when I am asleep.

My body aches deep within me and bones and muscles whether sleeping on my back or sides. I also have cramp of my right big toes most of the time.

I have had a host of blood tests, X-Rays, MRI, ultrasound...but doctors can only find low white cells...I am tired of having less/poor sleep. I only feel better when up, walking...but all hell breaks loose as soon as I sit down, such pains allover my body especially backache.

Please help

Aches and Pains..
by: Kerri Knox, RN-The Immune Health Queen!

Well, absolutely the first thing to get checked

More About Vitamin D

if your Vitamin D Level. If it is below 40 ng/ml (be sure to check the units because I think you use nm/ml in Canada and your will need to convert that to get ng/ml), then you need to be treated for vitamin D deficiency.

Being dark skinned, you are at a much higher risk for vitamin D deficiency, compounded by living in Canada. If you doctor hasn't checked that, call them up and get tested ASAP.

Assuming that everything else has checked out OK and there is nothing seriously wrong with you, then this ABSOLUTELY could be the cause of your aches and pains!! But you MUST get treated aggressively because even MILD aches and pains can cause pain.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

I ache all over!!!
by: Anonymous

My vitamin D level is 17 and I ache all over even when I go to bed! My family and friends think Im nuts because I complain all the time!! Help me!! I am on 50,000 units of vitamin D once a week and I don't feel any better! It has been a month and it feels like I am getting worst!

What should I do?

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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Anonymous,

You didn't leave your name or email address so I don't know if you 'subscribed' to get my answer. Let me know that you received this and I'll be happy to help you with your problem- and I think I know what the problem is.

Kerri Knox, RN

aches and pains
by: Angelia

The low Vit D certainly was a tip off (although not the case w/all). I, too, had much of the described symptoms. The cause was a parathyroid adenoma due to hyperparathyroidism (not thyroid!).

Search the net by either high calcium or elevated PTH (Parathyroid Hormone). It is more common in women, but certainly presents in men. It is perhaps the single most often overlooked disease in today's modern day of medicine! Good luck1

help please
by: JLeigh

About 6 months after the birth of my daughter, I developed horrible knee pain, hip pain, foot pain and horrible pain in my lungs when I would breathe in...the lung pain felt like pleurisy. I had numerous tests done...VQ scans, CT scans, labs and more labs. The only thing they found at that time was a slightly elevated Rheumatoid factor...ESR and other tests were normal. I also developed hives at this time. It is now 7 years later and I still have hives if I am not medicated ( I take Zyrtec and have breakthrough hives). I also always feel horrible. My knees and hands continue to hurt. My lungs always hurt... it always hurts in my back..if I lay on my back for a while and then sit up and take in a deep cleansing breath, it hurts and feels like my lung is stuck together. After that initial breath, I am fine until I lay down on my back again. It doesn't bother me on my side. Doctors are not sure what it is, and I have even been told I have somatoform. Interesting though, I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago, and when I woke up from surgery, I had the same pain when I took in my first deep breath. I saw an endocrinologist a few weeks ago, and my Vitamin D level was 11. Could all of my symptoms be related to this deficiency? I am so miserable and desperate, and tired of seeing doctors that tell me it's all in my head. Please help me. Thank you in advance.

Tell you the same thing I tell everyone else who asks this
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

I'm going to tell you the same thing that I tell everyone else who asks if vitamin d deficiency could 'be the cause of all this': Vitamin D is not some magical drug that is going to fix all of your problems. What I guarantee that the right amount of vitamin d will do is that it WILL, without a doubt, correct low vitamin d levels.

If any or all of your problems have been caused by low vitamin d levels, then IF you bring your vitamin d levels up to the OPTIMAL levels- between 50 to 80 ng/ml- then these problems COULD resolve, again, that is IF your problems are caused from low vitamin d levels.

It sounds like you are looking for a magic bullet and I can't help you any further than that. My site is FILLED with tons of good reasons to keep your vitamin d levels at optimal levels regardless of whether it fixes these problems or not.

My site is also filled with LOTS of good suggestions for fixing the underlying reasons WHY you are having all of these problems.

Vitamin D is a TOOL that can help in your pursuit of optimal health. Just like you can't use only a hammer to build a house, you are not going to use ONLY vitamin d to solve all of your problems and/or achieve optimum health. Just because the vitamin d deficiency is the only thing that your doctors are able to find does not mean that there are no other solutions to your problems. It just means that your doctors are looking in the wrong place or for the wrong things. I have TONS Of information on this site about solving pain issues.

Just search 'pain' in the search box in the right hand corner and you will find lots of solutions for pain.

Kerri Knox, RN

achy knees
by: Anonymous

Have achy knees, Dr (Kaiser) says there is some Osteo. They found my Vitamin D levels were low (16)and prescribed 50.000 of vitamin D to be taken one pill for 4 weeks. 2nd week aches left had a good 6 months before aches returned. The next summer got another prescription but the green pill distributor changed and the pill was a smaller though it was still 50,000 units. Took the first pill and had major pain in my legs; stopped taking them and the dr gave prescription telling me to check various other pharmacies for the vitamin but they too were using the same smaller vitamin. What happened? and yes my knees still ache.

Not the pill that is the problem
by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

It's not the different pill that's the problem, the problem is that you are letting yourself become more and more deficient and allowing your bones to become more and more demineralized.

When you have pain from vitamin d deficiency, that means that your deficiency is pretty severe and it's demineralizing your bones. Bone pain from vitamin d deficiency is a condition called osteomalacia and it's a 'pre' osteoporosis condition.

Your problem is allowing your bone pain to determine when it's time to take vitamin d again. Once you have bone pain and it becomes worse upon taking vitamin d, that's a sign that your bones are remineralizing. If you have bone pain upon taking vitamin d, then you just need to live with the pain for a while and get past it.

THEN you need to take a maintenance dose so that you have optimal levels year round so your bones stop demineralizing. Waiting until you have bone pain to take vitamin d is NOT a good strategy.

Kerri Knox, Regisrered Nurse

Pain on right side of hand
by: Anonymous

Prominent swell right on top of right collar bone with pain radiating to the upper arm and shoulder blade went to Gp did blood text low vit d deficiency just started taking adcal d3 twice a day. Could it be this or something else. Occasional joint knee pain, back pain. Had painful little finger swelling with pain resolved but now deformed chapped ( crooked shape) help. Thinking of going for bone scan. Occasional hand cramp mostly during the night and early in the morning.

Vitamin D Therapy
by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Please read my page on Vitamin D Therapy. AdCal will help you exactly ZERO. Please get on a more effective form and dose of vitamin d.

Make sure that you read the links to magnesium on that page. You are almost certainly magnesium deficient.

Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Achy joints
by: Anonymous

I was having leg pain in both legs and cramping now my neck aches elbows knees and lower back back september my doctor told me my vitamin d level is 23 and she thats mild and that was it i am in pain in all my joints

Problem solved for me
by: Mike

Hi, I had aches and pains throughout my body, especially my upper back, left leg and arm. It was more intense while I was trying to sleep and when I'd wake up in the morning.

The doctors couldn't work it out. I had blood tests, a ct scan, sleep test done, etc. Eventually it progressed til I was bed ridden.

I was ruled out from having celiac disease, so my doctor said change from white bread to wholemeal because white is rinsed in bleach. So I continued to eat wheat.

After conducting my own research I kept coming across 2 ailments - gluten hypersensitivity and candida overgrowth. Both symptoms cause a leaky gut which allows toxins to slip into your system and block beneficial nutrients to be adsorbed.
With that information I decided to try something. Within a few days of only eating veg, fish and chicken the symptoms stopped.

Then I ate wheat and all the symptoms started again. Hope this info helps someone out there.

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