I can personally attest to symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. I was recently tested after 6 months of pain and doctors looking at me like, "we don't know," until I found a qualified doctor who performed the proper tests. My levels are
11.8 ng/ml. I have seen sites that call this moderate and others that call it severe. The current recommendations refer to this as severe deficiency. I agree with that finding considering the symptoms I exhibited which were the following:
Exacerbation of carpal tunnel syndrome
Paresthesias (burning) in fingers and toes
Bilateral arthritis pain so bad in fingers that I would wake up with both hands in a fist and want to "curl in" on myself.
Bilateral arthritis pain in hips so that just laying on my side would make them ache. It also felt like they were frozen in place.
Symptoms which may be related to Vitamin D but I'm not sure since I am awaiting the doctor's call as to whether the Vitamin D deficiency is primary or secondary are:
Raynaud's Phenomenon (cold fingers and toes) My hands go white and are generally cold all day long except when i'm running them under hot water and then they go bright red but it does feel so good when they warm up. Whether or not this is related to the Vitamin D I'm not sure because I'm awaiting the doctor's call in regards to whether the deficiency is primary or secondary.
Burning behind the left scapula toward the middle which caused pain that radiated down the back of my arm, especially when looking down, similar to Trousseau's phenomenon and may be Trousseau's since it did bother my carpal tunnel.
Also known as Trousseau's sign.
Carpal spasms and paraesthesia produced by pressure upon nerves and vessels of the upper arm sufficient to stop the circulation. The result is a sudden contraction of the fingers and hand into the so-called obstetrical position. It is indicative of latent tetany. Also occurs in osteomalacia. (Osteomalacia is caused by severe vitamin D deficiency)
Gout or pseudogout. My right toe and footpad below the toe have been swelling off and on since May. This makes it difficult to walk for any length of time unless I want to deal with the pain which I usually can deal with if I feel like it but it's not fun.
Pseudogout is suggested when abnormal calcifications are seen in the cartilage of joints on x-ray testing. These calcifications are referred to as chondrocalcinosis. (which happens in osteoarthritis)
Sitting straight up on my tailbone also hurt for quite some time, although that did resolve but possibly because I sat with terrible posture to alleviate the pain so my bad posture may have alleviated that pain.
I started with GERD as well around the same time as all of these other things and oddly enough all of this was precipitated by a case of mononucleosis so much of it was passed off by the doctors as results of the mono and when it persisted they just shrugged. Well the GERD medicine can inhibit the aborption of calcium. Not sure how it affects vitamin D but I do know that I could not eat during the mono and lost 10 pounds in two weeks and then continued to have eating difficulty due to the GERD so maybe that is why the Vitamin D became deficient, who knows. I suspect that my low levels of Vitamin D may have caused the GERD and possibly allowed the mono to creep in since it will inhibit your immune reaction as well. But I haven't found anything on line to state that Vitamin D deficiency can cause GERD but one can wish can't they? That would be an easier fix at least. I'm 124 pounds and 5'4" so neither obese or anorexic and everything else checked out except for my growth hormone values which are slightly elevated.
I remember saying when it was at the worst that I just felt like an old person. I turned 40 this year and thought wow, 40 does suck! I actually thought that maybe you do fall apart at 40 and it's all downhill from there except that everyone around me 40 and up didn't seem to be that bad.
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