Vitamin D Deficiency and Muscle Cramps

Vitamin D deficiency and muscle cramps are closely related to each other. Muscle cramping is one of the most common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Other symptoms include:

● Muscle pain
● Osteoporosis
● Bone pain
● Bone fractures
● Rickets in children
● Chronic fatigue
● Osteomalacia
● Depression
● Muscle weakness
● General weakness

According to some studies, vitamin D deficiency is quite common. The problem is that the symptoms occur very late, so a person can be deficient for along time without knowing about it. Vitamin D is necessary for normal bone mineralization, and healthy immune system. According to several researches, vitamin D is helpful in fighting cancer and tuberculosis. It can be very effective in prevention of multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin D deficiency is related to obesity, insomnia, and depression. However, these symptoms usually occur when people become severely deficient. Most patients have problems with pain in muscles and muscle cramping. Sometimes, the pain can become unbearable. It feels like every muscle in the body hurts.

Muscle cramping is a very non-specific symptom. It can indicate various problems, other than vitamin D deficiency. If you experience muscle cramping (for no obvious reason) and it becomes persistent, you need to visit your doctor and have a blood test. Other deficiencies can also lead to muscle cramping.

People who are diagnosed with severe deficiency of vitamin D are usually given large doses of vitamin D supplements. The dosage can go as high as 50 000 International Units (given once a week or twice a month). Most patients say that once vitamin D levels go higher, the pain in muscles and muscle cramping will gradually subside. However, some patients continue to have muscle cramps for a long time. This symptom is very unpleasant, and it can greatly impair the quality of one’s life.

Vitamin D deficiency can be prevented. You need to spend time in the sun and consume foods that contain this vitamin. If you cannot get enough sunlight (you are housebound or you live in a cold weather country), you need to talk to your doctor about alternatives. You can use sun showers or you can take supplements. Sun showers are not safe for anyone, so do talk to your dermatologist before you start using these devices. Vitamin D supplements remain the best option for people whose vitamin D levels are low. To prevent deficiency, you will have to take the supplements regularly, according to your doctor’s instructions.

6 thoughts on “Vitamin D Deficiency and Muscle Cramps

  1. Yuliya says:

    Amanda, I have never heard of Vitamin C helping with the absorption of Vitamin D. What is your source? Vitamin C helps Iron and Folic acid absorption, and Vitamin D helps to absorb dietary Calcium.

  2. GEORGE POITRAS says:

    SINCE I HAVE BEEN ON VITAMIN B-12 I FEEL MORE IRRITABLE,I HAVE BROKEN OUT WITH ACNE(PIMPLES) AN MY NECK. I AM 77 YRS OLD AND THAT MUST HAVE SOME EFFECT ON EVERYTHING. I STILL PLAY OLD TIMERS HOCKEY AND PLAN TO PLAY TWICE PER WEEK IN SEPT. I HAVE A POOR APPETITE AND I AM UNDERWEIGHT. OTHERWISE LIFE IS GOOD. THANK YOU GDP

  3. Amanda says:

    I have the same severe efficiency, Try taking a high dose of vitamin C as well. Vitamin C helps with the absorption.

  4. Tina Johnson says:

    I am on 50,000 units of Vitamin D a day for 3 months. I have severe anemia and have to get iron iv infusions weekly. I experience much pain and depression most of my life until the doctors figured out that I am lacking iron, B12, Vitamin D and many more things for me not to be in pain. I have went threw this all my life and it took till now for the doctors to figure out why im in so much joint pain and fatigue. Does anyone else go threw this and why? I have been out in the sun most my life but I still cant absorb sun like I should.

  5. kim says:

    I have just been diag. w/ vit. d deficency, prescription for ergocalcifero 50,000 one per week for 3 months then 1000 per day. How long will it take to see/feel a difference. I have degenerative arthritis in neck, lower back, and left knee, expierence fatigue, depression because of joint pain and tired of being in pain and being tired.

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