Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common types of vitamin deficiency. This is a vitamin that is produced with the help of the sun, hence why it is also called the “sunshine vitamin”, although the deficiency is common, a lot of people aren’t aware of it, this of course can bring problems when we talk about pregnant women or children, two of the types of people who are at greater risk.

What are the Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiencies?

There are different conditions that are symptoms of a deficiency in vitamin D, but the most common ones involve soft bones; you see, vitamin D help in strengthening our bones and muscles, that’s why children with this deficiency commonly develop curved legs or lack of strength in the lower body. These disorders vary according to the age of the patient: rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis. Not only can the bones be deformed, but they also are easily broken and have less bone density.

It also good to know that this deficiency can go unnoticed to many people, so you should stay in the lookout for any of these other deficiency symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Diabetes Type I
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Bowed limbs
  • Chronic muscle, bone or joint pain (most noticeable in the back and knees)
  • Low levels of calcium in the blood
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Tuberculosis

Keep in mind that these additional symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have a problem with vitamin D but they can serve you to go check your vitamin D levels to discard any problem that can get more serious in the future, especially if you have relatives with problems of osteoporosis or if you don’t go out to much to get the help of sunlight.

  1. Marie Hall
    October 19th, 2009 at 09:21 | #1

    Can you please send me information on Vitmain D

  2. October 20th, 2009 at 04:59 | #2

    I have body itching-pin pricking and doctor seems to think it is
    vitamin deficiency..especially Vitamin D. I talked with my pharmacist
    who does not agree but I have been to doctors and 1 says this…the
    other does not know. I feel like screaming sometimes it is so
    stressful and nerve-wrecking to me. Do you have suggestions?

  3. jan
    October 20th, 2009 at 12:10 | #3

    can you use tanning beds to help bring up your vitamin D leavles

  4. Marilyn
    November 11th, 2009 at 16:03 | #4

    @Shirley Jones
    I had the same symptoms of itching-pin pricking skin. I was diagnosed with RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). When I went back to the MD for a follow-up from previous lab work taken, I had Vit. D deficiency. I now have to take Vit. D supplements in a large dose once a week for the next 3 months. I will keep you posted on how it works

  5. Trish
    November 17th, 2009 at 04:25 | #5

    A simple blood test can show vit D deficie
    ncy @Shirley Jones

  6. Elizabeth
    March 1st, 2010 at 09:29 | #6


    I have symptoms similar to yours: tingling sensations on my extremities, muscle spasms/tics, some pain in my legs & joints. I’ve had lots of blood work (ruled out diabetes & B12 deficiency); and MRI of my brain (to rule out MS); complete X-rays of my spine; nerve conduction tests (normal.

    Diabetes & Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause the tingling, but my blood sugar & B12 levels are normal. I’ve been researching this issue on the internet, and now I’m wondering about vitamin D and/or Magnesium deficiencies. I’m tired of spending money on expensive tests to no avail, and so may try a naturopathic physician.

    @Shirley Jones

  7. Roxie
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:29 | #7

    My little granddaughter was born 8 weeks early due to my daughter having polyhydramnios. My daughter had to have 10 amnioreductions. A reduction approximately every 2-3 days removing 2-3 liters each time for five weeks. They had to perform an emergency c-section due to the amniotic and chorion (spelling?) sacs separating. My granddaughter spent 10 weeks in the NICU. There have been many issues with my granddaughter and many specialty docs, although they cannot come up with a diagnosis. Recently the last pediatric endocrinologist felt my daughter may have been vit D deficient during the pregnancy which she was never checked for. My granddaughter is vit D deficient, although she has had high levels of CA and Phospherous they did not want to supplement her with vit D thinking it may push the CA up further. Her PTH was also very high 747 and since they did put her on vit D supplements, within one week her PTH dropped to 388. Which we are very happy about. My daughter was tested for her vit D 25 and 125 levels last week, we have not received the results yet. We are concerned the whole ordeal could have been a deficiency and if that is the case I hope the medical profession will demand all pregnant women have a vit D level performed during their screenings. This has caused a great deal of stress and heartaches for us. If you have anyother possible answers to our problems please let me know.

  8. Catherine
    March 28th, 2010 at 12:51 | #8

    @Shirley Jones
    Just wanted to comment on your pin-prickling issue. I am not aware if you have solved it yet. I was told i had restless leg syndrome as a teen. I have severe leg twitches, pins and needles feeling. They twitch even when i am standing. I was recently diagnosed with a vitamin d deficiency that i have had since i was a teen. I take 10,000 iu’s of vitamin d3 daily. The “rls” symptoms have lessoned by 50%. I just started taking the vitamin d two weeks ago. I also have had leg pains since i was a teen as well. I have bone pain and muscle weakness while taking vitamin d3 but it is getting less and less. I have that cause i have had a deficiency for so long. Since i was a teen, i am 35 years old now. The deficiency also caused insomnia, and some of my bones are a little abnormal looking. Still doing tests to figure out why. But the vitamin d3 really helped my legs slow down the twitching. It went to constant twitching, pins and needles, etc.. to less than half what it use to.

  9. Elise
    October 13th, 2010 at 16:48 | #9

    I have been diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency and recently had an episode of severe, constant muscle twitches/spasms, and muscle/joint/bone pain all over the body accompanied with first onset of hypertension. Was also diagnosed with menieres disease. The culmination of all these symptoms as once was a very frightening experience for me. I can understand the distress that the muscle spasms, fatigue, and pain cause. My dr. started me on vitamin D3 supplement so i am looking forward to experiencing the decrease in these particular symptoms. Thanks for your comment Catherine, it was encouraging to me.

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