We recommend that you visit your doctor and have a blood test performed as there are not a lot of vitamin D deficiency symptoms that are reliable. There are some vitamin D deficiency symptoms that you can watch out for though.
Experiencing Cramps, Weakness or AchingMuscles
There was a study performed on participants that were suffering from chronic pain. The study revealed that over 70% of the participants had a deficiency in vitamin D. Some of the pain sensing nociceptors in your body have a vitamin D receptor. In another study with rats, vitamin D deficiency was shown to result in sensitivity and pain.
Other studies with humans have confirmed that taking vitamin D supplements have helped participants suffering from chronic pain. Always bear in mind that pain and aches are the way that your body signals to you that there is something wrong.
You Suffer from Chronic Exhaustion
Being exhausted a lot can be a sign of vitamin D deficiency. If you are feeling tired all of the time then go and see your doctor and get a blood test. Please bear in mind that a vitamin D deficiency is not the only problem that can result in chronic exhaustion.
Frequently Suffering from Infections
The cells in your body that help you to fight infections need to directly interact with vitamin D. Several studies have determined that there is a link between respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, influenza, bronchitis and the common cold and a deficiency in vitamin D.
Again, if you believe that you are suffering from too many infections, go and see your doctor and ask for a blood test to confirm if you have a vitamin D deficiency.
Lower Back and Bone Pain
If you suffer from bone pain or lower back pain then this could mean that you are severely deficient in vitamin D. It can also mean that you have been deficient in vitamin D for quite some time.
Lower back or bone pain results from a significant loss of calcium from bone tissue. This calcium takes time to develop. If you are experiencing these pains then go to your doctor for a blood test.
It takes a Long Time for Wounds to Heal
Studies conducted in test-tubes indicate that vitamin D raises the levels of the compounds in your body that will form new skin to heal any wounds that you have.
In other studies, it was found that participants with reduced levels of vitamin D are more prone to an increased level of inflammatory markers. These are known to slow down the healing process and can prevent it from working properly. Visit your doctor for a blood test if your wounds tend to heal slowly.
You Experience Hair Loss
This tends to be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency in women more than men. Some research has linked hair loss in women to vitamin D deficiency, but you need to be aware that there is not much scientific evidence to support this right now.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease which results in significant hair loss from the head and other areas of the body. There is a link to rickets which as you know is a vitamin D deficiency in children. If you are experiencing hair loss, see your doctor for a blood test to check your vitamin D levels.
You Experience Mood Changes
This is an interesting symptom as the medical world are not sure why depression is linked to vitamin D deficiency, but in tests, several patients suffering from depression were shown to have low levels of vitamin D.
The good news is that when these patients rectified their vitamin D deficiency the depression subsided a bit.