Experience of patients with suspected vitamin D deficiency
In case you haven’t noticed it’s winter! Other than the cold weather, which some like and some don’t, we find ourselves with an issue that is less obvious, and that is a lack of sunlight.
Many of us get up nice and early in the morning (when it’s still dark), commute into work using various forms of transport, sit in an office all day and then head home in the dark. Some of us may not see the sunlight for more than a few minutes if at all on an average day.
Why could this be a problem? Don’t be left in the dark!
One major result of a lack of sunlight can be a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is very important to us as it helps with the absorption of calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium in our guts. Unfortunately the types of vitamin D we require aren’t found in abundance in foods and are only really created by our skin being exposed to UVB rays from the sun.
In our osteopathy clinic we see patients all year round who may present with signs of vitamin D deficiency and not realize it. These signs include; tiredness, general aches and pains, more frequent infections and in severe cases bone pain and difficulty getting around.
As osteopaths we offer our patients longer appointment times than your GP may be able to. This gives us the opportunity to ask more questions that may make us suspicious of a vitamin deficiency. It is common for people to assume physical pain or discomfort is only linked to musculoskeletal issues.
Although osteopaths can’t directly treat vitamin D deficiencies we can offer advice regarding lifestyle and exercise and also when necessary refer you back to your GP for further investigation. Vitamin deficiencies are normally diagnosed with a simple blood test.
Pre-diagnosed Vitamin D deficiency – can Osteopathy help?
If you’re coming into the Health in Motion clinic with a pre-diagnosed vitamin D deficiency and are in pain we can help to differentiate between a bio-mechanical cause and a possible link with the deficiency. As osteopaths we are trained to ask very specific questions about your presenting symptoms that may lead us in the right direction. The sort of clues that can aid our diagnosis are; if you find your pain is made worse by certain activities or by rest or if it’s worse in the morning or the evening.
Please come and speak to us at Health in Motion osteopaths in Ealing and Maidenhead for more info and advice or to have a chat about any of the information in this article.