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Old 08-02-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Osteopenia and Vitamin D deficient with limb pain... is that normal?

Hello everyone.

I'm a bit anxious about all that is going on with my bones right now.

7 years ago I had total hysterectomy.

5 years later I lost 1.5 inches in height, sending me in for a dexa. Showed early signs of osteo issues.

A month ago we moved and I blamed a lot of what was going on in my body on the move.

I've had rhizotomy for the arthritis pain in my spine that radiates into my piriformis and leg, but ... this is different.

I have bone pain in the limbs. Arms, hands, legs feet. No pain in the spine to speak of.

MRI of spine 3 years ago was clear. Dexa scan 4 months ago showed osteopenia of the spine.

Recently the bloodwork I had showed that I was quite VitD deficient, could that cause bone pain and if so, why just the limbs?

I am lost, and sad (no endocrin metabolism appt til October!!!) and don't know what to do or think in the meantime.

I see my regular doc on Wednesday...if there are any suggestions on tests he should run, besided parathyroid, I'd truly appreciate it.

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Old 03-01-2013, 02:48 AM   #2
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Re: Osteopenia and Vitamin D deficient with limb pain... is that normal?

K,
I'm so sorry for your stress & worry over this. I just saw your post this morning (new here) and I hope it's not too late. But YES, absolutely, Vitamin D deficiency can cause bone pain and it's very common in the hip area! I am hoping that by this late date you & your doctor have resolved this problem.
I also had a difficult move out of state and the stress was overwhelming. I was extremely tired all the time and was developing awful leg pain. At first I thought my hips were failing...I have hip replacements. I finally went for a physical I felt so bad. I had severe anemia (low iron) and severe Vitamin D deficiency. I have been taking supplements for about 3 months and I can't tell you how much better I feel! My leg pain is all gone. I used to be an avid exerciser and had completely stopped due to the pain. Now I am back at it and life is becoming good once again.
Please let me know, if you see this post, how you are doing. I hope you are much better!
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Re: Osteopenia and Vitamin D deficient with limb pain... is that normal?

Hi I've had ankle joint pain when I missed taking my calcium for a couple of weeks. When I startex it back up it took about a week before it cleared uup. Csthy

 
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I do believe Vit D deficiency causes limb pain, like a deep aching bone pain. Mine is better since supplementing the Vit D. You don't really need PTH testing unless your serum calcium levels are high. It will take a few weeks for your D levels to come up, and you should see some gradual improvement in the pain. That will help your calcium be absorbed better, which will help your bones.

 
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Re: Osteopenia and Vitamin D deficient with limb pain... is that normal?

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I do believe Vit D deficiency causes limb pain, like a deep aching bone pain. Mine is better since supplementing the Vit D. You don't really need PTH testing unless your serum calcium levels are high. It will take a few weeks for your D levels to come up, and you should see some gradual improvement in the pain. That will help your calcium be absorbed better, which will help your bones.
It takes 6 months to get a decent reading for increased Vitamin D levels in the blood NOT weeks. Bones take that long to heal properly in a healthy individual.

At 6 months someone who has a deficiency is likely to fall into the insufficiently category.

To check you are actually absorbing the supplements a test can be conducted at 3 months but is not needed unless you have known dietary absorption issues. The change in level will be really low.

 
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