After surviving Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis), the aches and "bone" pain never went away. I felt old for years and thought I would always suffer. I kept "spraining" my wrists just getting up from a chair. My symptoms included lower back pain as well as foot and leg pain. Diagnosed as slightly osteopenic (osteoporosis), I was told to take calcium. No one said anything about vitamin D. I was finally diagnosed about a year ago with severe vitamin D deficiency and the day after my treatment began, all of the pain was gone.
It makes sense that I became deficient because after I had Valley Fever, I spent the next 3 years mostly indoors. The sunlight made my eyes hurt and I could not stand the heat of summer days. No sunlight=no vitamin D.
I tell everyone I meet about my experience and now have 20 people diagnosed and treated. Still trying to convince others who are suffering unexplained pain, one friend told me his doctor said "I won't test you for that because it is a women's problem."
Vitamin D Deficiency can affect ANYONE, male and female. In fact, EVERYONE is at risk, even children! The only way to know is to have a blood test called 25-hydroxyvitamin D test, also called a 25(OH)D.
It is important to find a doctor who will work with you. It is best to have a blood test and know your level. If you have a severe deficiency, your doctor can order the correct prescription for you. If you are mildly deficient, an over-the-counter dose may be recommended.
Watch the video below to see expert, Dr. Michael Holick explain what vitamin D is, how it evolved, what it does, why you need it and how to get it. He also uses case studies to show what happens when you don't get enough vitamin D.