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Although I am on vitamin D supplement, why does the knee pain persist?

Although I am on vitamin D supplement, why does the knee pain persist?

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Answered by

Dr. Atul Prakash

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At January 11, 2018
Reviewed AtDecember 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 21-year-old female with a height of 5 feet and 2 inches feet and a weight of 92 pounds I am suffering from vitamin D deficiency and having pain in my knees for six months. The pain mostly arises from stress on knees using stairs and disappears with the rest of a few days. On knee r-rays, the lateral tubercle of intercondylar eminence is raised. My RA factor is negative, and ESR is normal on CBC. My MCH and MCHC were slightly low. Currently, I have been taking a supplement (Indrop D) once in two weeks. Why is the pain not being relieved even with a supplement? How long will it take to have my healthy knee back? Being a medical student, I need to walk a lot, and this situation is depressing me.

Answered by Dr. Atul Prakash


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I feel that the two problems are indirectly related, but not causative. Vitamin D deficiency leads to muscle pain, bone pain and also muscle weakness. The pain in the knee that you are suffering is called anterior knee pain, which is due to muscle imbalance leading to patellar tracking going off track. The muscle pain and bone pain due to vitamin D deficiency will take six weeks to settle, but the anterior knee pain needs you to exercise under physiotherapy supervision to improve knee symptoms (while stair climbing).

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Atul Prakash
Dr. Atul Prakash

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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