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Calcium Deficiency

Your body needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth and for the proper functioning of muscles. If you do not get enough calcium, you might develop osteoporosis, osteopenia, and hypocalcemia. The symptoms of calcium deficiency are memory loss, confusion, muscle cramps, brittle bones and nails, tingling sensation in the hands and feet, etc.

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Why does the portion below knee become numb while walking?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old. For the last month, I have had problems with my legs, especially my left leg, when I get out of my bed or chair and start walking, the portion below the knee becomes numb. Sometimes it happens in the right leg as well, but most of the time in my left leg. I want to...  Read Full »


Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It can happen due to nerve compression in the spine or below that. Also, it can be due to vitamin B12 and calcium deficiency. So you need to get investigated properly, with vitamin testing and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan.   Read Full »

My wife suffers from severe lower back pain at night. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife (29 years old, feeding 8 months baby) has been suffering from severe lower back pain especially during the late night for past two months. The strange thing is that the pain is very mild in the daytime but severe in the night with a headache. She does not have any other symptom...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Such back pains are usually due to the strain in the lower back, that could be due to wrong postures, calcium and vitamin D deficiency. Now, since she has night pains, it is very important to rule out any pathological fracture, nerve compression, or tuberculosis of the s...  Read Full »

What test should I do to check my calcium levels?

Query: Hello doctor,What type of calcium blood test should I undergo to check my calcium as a part of a routine checkup? Also, provide me full details of the folic acid blood test as I want to undergo a blood test for a routine checkup.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. My suggestions for you are as follows- 1. You can do total serum calcium level or as ionized and nonionized separately. However, generally, simple total serum calcium gives enough information needed to see whether there is any deficiency. 2...  Read Full »

Why are the tops of my feet and hands sensitive to touch?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41 year old male with height 5 feet 10 inches and weight 185.1 lbs. I am having a health situation for the last two years where the top of my feet (the area covered under the shoe) gets very sensitive to touch. Even a touch of the cotton pajama feels irritating. My left hand (be...  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhin Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your uric acid is slightly increased. So, avoid red meat and recheck uric acid after three months. Most of your symptoms point to a neuropathy. So, you need to get a nerve conduction ...  Read Full »

I have white lines on my nails. Is it calcium deficiency?

Query: Hello doctor,There are small white lines in my nails of the hand. One of my friends told me it is a symptom of calcium deficiency. Please help me with this issue.  Read Full »


Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. White spots or streaks are normal and nothing to worry. But, parallel white lines that extend all across the nail known as Muehrcke's line are a sign of a low level of protein in the blood. Low levels of calcium which is termed as hypocalcemia has symptoms mainly o...  Read Full »

What causes numb spots and shock sensations on my legs?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed seven years ago with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I gave up gluten, soy, and milk, and along with Levothyroxine, my health has been great. However, two years ago, I was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. After six months of treatment, I recovered. Then after having a second ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query, and from what you have mentioned, it appears that you have hypothyroidism and you are on treatment with Levothyroxine. It is known that hypothyroidism causes vitamin B12 deficiency over time, and if you are on a high dose of Levothyroxine, the...  Read Full »

My wife's muscles on the upper right ribs below the breast get pulled while moving. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife delivered a baby boy last month, which was a normal delivery. Whenever she moves, the muscles on the upper right ribs below the breast gets pulled. Also, she has a severe lower back ache, which is unbearable. Can you please suggest some medicines for it? For now, we are putting...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The back pain post-delivery is mainly related to lack of calcium, inadequate rest, and poor hydration. Please see to it that you take calcium supplements and calcium-rich food. Take plenty of fluids. The back pain and catch in the ribs could also be related to faulty bre...  Read Full »

What causes pain in the butt crack?

Query: Hello doctor, For over a week now, I have been feeling pain right near my bum crack area. It is not a pile or hemorrhoid. The pain is right in between the bum crack. It tends to hurt when I sit sometimes and is painful to sit right down on my bottom as the pain is located there. I wonder what it is...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to iclinic.com. I can understand your concern. It can be due to weight, so most of the time, it gets better along with exercise and medications. Another common reason for such pain is due to calcium deficiency, which can be treated accordingly. Bad posture can lead to pain but not ...  Read Full »

I am calcium deficient but my dentist has suggested implants and braces. Is it safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old and have had very minimal dental work. I have no molars whatsoever and about three to four teeth that have a filling connecting all that I'm pretty sure is decaying, one for sure has chipped recently. At this point, I have spoken with a few dentists who aren't really ...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I read your query and understand your concern. As you have mentioned you are calcium deficient which means you have weak bones and muscles if I am not wrong. In this case, you cannot get your teeth pulled out. This may cause muscle spasms and other facial pain. May lead...  Read Full »

Does low bone marrow intensity in MRI indicate cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. I had an MRI for my back. The report mentioned the following, and I was concerned about the comment on the bone marrow's low signal intensity. The doctor's assistant said there was nothing to worry about with the report, but the internet pointed things toward...  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) results are more related to osteoporosis. Moreover, overweight also plays a role in the backbone. Get oral calcium preparations once daily and injectable vitamin D (once weekly for six weeks, then monthly once). Use...  Read Full »

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