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Sophie asked...

For a few months now, I have been experiencing pain in different parts of my body: my arms and legs, my back, my buttock and my head. The problem is that the aches "move around". Some days, my buttock is so painful I can't sit down. The following day, I am fine.

A week ago, I was limping badly because of a pain in my left leg, from the calf to the top of my thigh. 5 days ago, I could not use the mouse with my right arm. The pain started on the left side of my neck that morning and during the day, the following day the pain travelled across my neck to the right side and down, along my arm up to my fingers.

I had difficulties to work on the second day because my right arm was aching a lot. Today, my left leg is aching. The pains come and go. I can have days without aches and then suddendly one day I have difficulties to walk or work because of pains in my limbs, head or back.

Only one thing doesn't change, the pain in my wrists. It started there, and has never left me for the past 7 months. My GP ask me to do some blood tests, but everything is fine. Because of the pain in my wrists, he prescribed X-ray too. I am 38 and in general good health. I am not overweight, I don't smoke and I don't drink a lot. I work in a office in a job I enjoy.

Do you have any idea of what is the problem with me, what should I do, where could I go to receive some help?

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The Answer

The first thing that comes to mind when I read about your problems is that you might have a low vitamin D level. I wonder if your doctor checked for this when you recently had blood tests.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause aches and pains in the bones. It is caused by lack of sunlight on the skin. It is a very common problem in the UK especially after a long winter. Your doctor can do a blood test to confirm your vitamin D level and, if found to be low, replace it with tablets.

Make sure you take your lunch break outside the office to get at least 15 minutes of sunshine on your face and arms as this helps to boost vitamin D levels. What did the X-ray of your wrists show? You need to find out this result and see your doctor again, to determine what the next step is.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.

 

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