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I have undiagnosed stiffness in the body for last 2 years & chronic pain in calves & feet.

Posted by surekha

I am 58. I have stiffness in the body for last 2 years when I wake in the morning.

It was diagnosed as hypothyroidism and I take Eltroxin 50 each morning on empty stomach. Otherwise healthy, I am nagged by this stiffness and pain during movements.

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 If you have already had a full medical workup and they have found nothing, it's likely that you have Vitamin D Deficiency. Even MILD Vitamin D Deficiency can cause chronic pain. Researchers have stated that ANYONE with chronic pain should have their Vitamin D levels checked, but doctors have still not received the message and are not testing very often.


You can ask your doctor for  a Vitamin D Level, make sure that he orders a 25 OH D Level  and have him report to you the number AND the units. You should be between 50 to 80 ng/ml- or nanograms per millileter. 


Even though the lab sheet will say that 30 ng/ml is the low end of normal, the vast majority of Vitamin D Researchers think that  this number is WAY TOO LOW and SHOULD be higher, 40 to 50 ng/ml. 


Then ask for AGGRESSIVE TREATMENT if you are deficient, which I suspect that you are, and get your level rechecked in 3 to 4 months after beginning treatment. Unless your doctor is VERY good, it's likely that he won't give you enough and you will have to increase your dosage.


Good luck,

Kerri Knox, RN

Functional Medicine Practitioner

Vitamin D Deficiency



Kerri may be right, You may be experiencing low electrolytes. Chemically, electrolytes are substances that become ions in solution and acquire the capacity to conduct electricity. Electrolytes are present in the human body, and the balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for normal function of our cells and our organs.

Common electrolytes that are measured by doctors with blood testing include sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate. If these are low you can experience pain/cramps. If these are numbers are normal, it could be poor circulation.
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