Vitamin D and Muscle Pain
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 06:27 AM

Patients are presenting to the emergency department with widespread muscle pain may have very low levels of vitamin D, warns a case report in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.  This particular article describes a case report where A 22-year-old African-American woman complained of diffuse myalgia -- with pain in the chest, back, and legs -- for at least 4 months, had weakness in her upper and lower extremities, and that it was hard to move around and perform activities of daily living. 

Four months prior to her ED visits, tests done by her primary care physician revealed "markedly low" vitamin D levels of 5 ng/mL, but she wasn't informed of her deficiency and didn't receive any treatment. "We determined that her diffuse myalgia and weakness were likely secondary to untreated vitamin D de´Čüciency."

"Hypovitaminosis D may be an important but underappreciated etiology of undifferentiated myalgia, that, when present, warrants initiation of vitamin D repletion therapy even from the emergency department," authors wrote.