We frequently see women in our practice who come in complaining, “I am turning 40 but I feel like I’m 90. My whole body hurts all the time. If I hurt myself exercising it takes so long to get better.” While pain all over your body can be a sign of medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease or other serious illnesses (please consult with your doctor), musculoskeletal aches also can be attributed to deficiencies in certain important vitamins and electrolytes.
What vitamin deficiencies can be the cause for muscle aches?
Vitamin D deficiency is notorious for causing both muscle aches and weakness (in addition to generalized fatigue and its ill effects on bone density). In fact, I’ve seen several patients misdiagnosed as having severe neuromuscular conditions when they simply turned out to have low levels of Vitamin D. Treating their deficiency with a Vitamin D supplement reverses their symptoms. It does however, require some time and patience since Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and it takes several months to build up your body stores.
Another cause of muscle aches (or leg cramps) can be a magnesium deficiency. This essential electrolyte helps regulate channels that cause your muscle cells to contract and relax. Magnesium also is the gate keeper for several other electrolytes, such as calcium and potassium. Without sufficient magnesium your body cannot properly absorb and retain the other two electrolytes. Therefore, supplemental magnesium can be very helpful in preventing muscle cramps and aching.
What medications can cause muscle aches?
People who take statin drugs (such as atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, etc.) to control cholesterol levels also can experience muscle aches. This symptom should be addressed with your doctor since there can be serious health consequences. However it is most often just a short lived discomfort that can be prevented by taking Vitamin CoQ10 in conjunction with the cholesterol medicine.
It is important to consider that there are times when our muscles are more fatigued than other times.
A big workout or a stressful day can tax our muscles more than usual. During those times, drinking lots of water and obtaining essential electrolytes and vitamins are key to put your muscles in an ideal position to work hard. Replenishing potassium, glucose, sodium chloride and Vitamin B12 (which is essential to energy and nerve function) is critical. Supplements such as Power Up™ can help give you the boost by providing your muscles with the nutrients they need to function optimally and recover fast.
Perhaps 40 actually is the new 20, if you treat your body the way it deserves to be treated. Our patients who come in with these complaints find that by complimenting their exercise preparation with the appropriate daily vitamin regimen, they feel young again. So, hydrate, make sure you are getting enough daily vitamins to meet your needs and step it up when you need to with some Situational Supplements™. With age we invariably take longer to recover from injury and are more prone to many musculoskeletal complaints, but we should not suffer in silence. We should Power Up™ and keep fighting the good fight!
Arielle Levitan is a doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health. She is a mother of three active adolescents. Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three elementary age boys. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that women, in their many roles, often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each woman is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients. After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide women everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs.
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Nothing contained herein is intended to be a diagnosis or constitute medical advice. The symptoms described in this Blog may be a result of a serious medical condition which requires medical treatment. You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this Blog and before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.