Vitamin D Deficiency

Low levels of vitamin D can make the bones brittle, thin, and malformed. Vitamin D deficiency is the primary reason for rickets in children. The signs and symptoms of rickets are thinning of the skull bone, bowlegs, knock-knees, beaded chest, distorted hip bone, and kyphoscoliosis.

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Why is my head shivering from the last 20 days?

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe shivering in my head. It starts at any time of the day, and when I sleep a little bit, it stops. I had my report, and my vitamin D3 level is less (18.12 ng/mL). Please suggest to me some solution for this. I have it for the last 20 days.  Read Full »


Dr. S D Sinha

Family Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. It is best first to take vitamin D3 supplementation immediately. I suggest you Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 60,000 International Units (IU) one capsule once weekly for six weeks. This will be a protective supplementation as well against the pandem...  Read Full »

What are the causes of constant muscle twitches?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having constant muscle twitches every day for a year. It is manageable on most of the days. But still, it affects my daily life. I consulted a doctor and she told me that I have vitamin D deficiency. I was prescribed vitamin D. I am taking it still now. But still, it seems unusual...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Muscle twitching is caused due to various causes. The possible causes are anxiety, muscle fatigue, exercising in hot temperatures, dehydration, and imbalance of electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It is difficult to have its proper diagnosis unti...  Read Full »

Does vitamin D deficiency increase cholesterol levels?

Query: Hi doctor, I did my routine blood test today. I am attaching my reports. My cholesterol is above the normal level. I have vitamin D deficiency and have completed a three-month course (weekly once a tablet-16000 IU). Should I continue the same again for another three months? Also, I am concerned abou...  Read Full »


Dr. Tanmai Yermal (jain)

Internal Medicine Physician, Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and also reviewed your available reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Please attach your vitamin D level also so that I can comment on it. But the actual dose of vitamin D3 is 60000 IU once a week for five weeks. You...  Read Full »

Does vitamin D deficiency cause knee pain and clicking sound in a 6-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 6 years and 4 months old. His height is 45 inches and weight is 19.3 kg. Since the last two years, we noticed that he is not gaining weight and size, and his weight percentile is dropping compared to how he was two years back. He is looking skinny now, and his knee makes multip...  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Chelakalapelli

Paediatrician, Pediatric Allergy Asthma Specialist, Child Health Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Yes this sound may result due to any minor ligament injury (patellofemoral syndrome), the child needs to take rest and painkillers if needed. 2. If it is not resolving or causing a problem, you can go for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the knee. 3. Infectio...  Read Full »

What is the ideal vitamin D3 level for an adult?

Query: Hi doctor, My vitamin D3 test result shows 18.9 ng/mL. What is the ideal vitamin D3 level for an adult? Should I take any vitamin supplements? Also, I am fatigued. Please guide.  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Vitamin D3 levels vary from laboratory to laboratory. So check your lab reference values. From my hospital laboratory reference range, it is slightly low. In our population, it has been found that somewhat low levels of vitamin D3 are normal. So before guiding you for a...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some ways to improve hemoglobin level.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 years old married female. My height is 156 cm and weight is 55 kg. I am neither pregnant nor a mother. Before 20 days, my BP was too low, 90/50 mmHg and I felt weakness and breathlessness. I have gone through blood tests and my hemoglobin was found to be 7.8 g/dL. I have attach...  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through all the data posted. The reports posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows mainly iron deficiency and vitamin D deficiency. Iron deficiency is commonly seen in menstruating females because of blood loss. Hence, the nutritional nee...  Read Full »

Why do I have persistent pain in my lower back and kidney area?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. I am very athletic. I am a person with diabetes and was diagnosed at the age of 6.5 years old. I am 5'9" and 165 pounds. My primary concern is that lately as in the last month, or so there has been a constant pain in my lower back and the kidney area. The pain is not sh...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most of the times the dull pain is benign and not a matter of worry. You also had a test to rule out any serious issues. I guess you do not have a fever, burning urination, etc. The next possibility is of spondylosis of lumbar spine or a disc problem. It is a spine probl...  Read Full »

What can cause shooting pain all over the body?

Query: Hi doctor,My problem started with pain in my lower back and buttock, and then it moved to my lateral thigh on both sides. So, it is difficult to sleep on either side. I also started experiencing neck and shoulder pain. Now, I feel pain in my arms, back, neck, shoulder, etc. I do not know what could ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is like spondylosis, both cervical and lumbar. It is a spine problem where you get pain and other symptoms due to compression of nerves between spine. So, it will cause symptoms along the course of nerves. Do you have any history of trauma to your spine? Does this pain...  Read Full »

Are inflammation and burning sensation in the foot and hands due to vitamin D3 deficiency?

Query: Hello doctor,I have Vitamin D3 deficiency (11 units). I am consuming tablet D as prescribed by a doctor. It has been two months since I am taking my tablets, but there are inflammation and a burning sensation on my foot and hands. I am 18 years old. My weight is 43 kg, and my height is 5'3". How do ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rishav Bansal

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Burning sensation in foot and hand suggest neuropathy. It can be due to various causes or can be idiopathic. We need to rule out any organic cause. You can start some medications for now. Share pictures showing inflammation, as you have mentioned.  Read Full »

Can a person with fatty liver take vitamin A and D supplements?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old female. I have low vitamin A and D levels. I have a fatty liver for few months. Is it safe to take vitamin A and D supplements with liver disease? What is the highest dose to be taken? I do not know whether it is a simple fatty liver or it has progressed to NASH and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your vitamin A level is in the marginal range. Having a range less than 0.7 umol/L or 0.5 umol/L is considered low and up to 1.05 umol/L is considered marginal. So, you need to take some supplements at a low dose. Taking up to 10,000 units daily is unlikely to cause any...  Read Full »

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