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On joint pain and multivitamins

I am a 47 year old male, and here is my story of back and joint pain. For most of my life I was a regular exerciser and also regularly took multivitamins.

It began in my mid 20’s, when I got a nasty flu. Along with it came severe back pain, so much that for a day or two, I could hardly get out of bed. When the flu went away, so did the back pain. Weird. However, any time I got the flu after that, the back pain returned, not as bad as the first occurrence, but definitely there. As I got older, the recurring back pain would get a bit worse every time.

Fast forward to my late 30’s. The back pain started to intrude upon my life even when I didn’t have the flu. I chalked it up to old age and eased up a bit on exercise. But over the next few years, this became noticeably worse, and the back pain became a general joint pain everywhere. It gradually got worse and by my early 40’s it was debilitating. I stopped exercise entirely. Every joint hurt and I was able to crack not just my knuckles, but unexpected joints also such was wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, knee, etc. Standing or even sitting was painful. But I toughed it out and started taking joint pills (glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM), which definitely helped.  There was a reduction of pain for a little while, and then it slowly started getting worse again.  Google was my friend, as were various medical websites, but I was unable to find anything helpful.

Then I saw an episode of “Mystery Diagnosis” of a man with remarkably similar symptomology and about my age. It turns out he had hemachromatosis, where his body was unable to rid itself of iron and the iron would gradually wear down his joints. The cure for him was regular blood-letting to get rid of the excess iron. As it turns out, I have always had congenitally low levels of iron in my blood so it could not possibly be my problem.

Months went by. Then one day I was reading the list of ingredients for my multivitamins. And after the list of vitamins, here is what I saw:

  • Iron 0 mg
  • Magnesium 120 mg
  • Zinc 15 mg
  • Selenium 110 mcg
  • Copper 2 mg
  • Manganese 2 mg
  • Chromium 120 mcg

This was a men’s formulation so there was no iron, but there were plenty of other metals at very high levels.  What the hell, I would stop taking the multivitamins for a few months and see what happens.  Within 3 days, there was a noticeable reduction of pain!  I had not expected such an immediate effect, and every day it got better.  It is now 3 years later without the vitamins and I continue to take the joint pills (twice a day instead of the recommended thrice, because who remembers to take a pill in the middle of the day).  The joint pain is virtually gone, the joint cracking has mostly gone away, and I estimate I am at the same state I was in my mid to late 30’s.  I still get a back ache when I get the flu, but I’ve learned to live with that.  I have not yet resumed regular exercise due to other issues (adhesive capsulitis of one shoulder, then the other), but I’m ready to now.

Since then I have heard of 2 other cases, one independent and the other person following my recommendation of cessation of multivitamins.  So this is not a case of unique body chemistry.  If this post helps you, then make a comment, maybe an enterprising medical researcher will start a clinical trial.



53 thoughts on “On joint pain and multivitamins

  1. Hi, I have a similar history, back pain due to three damaged discs cause by a motorcycle accident in my teens. Nerve damage to my neck which is now, in my mid fifties causing a weakness in my right arm, so no more motorbikes.
    I have also been suffering for about 15 years with painfull elbow joints, a constant pain even at rest and in use. If I banged my right elbow it would become very painfull for days.
    I have also been taking multivitamins, including iron, due to my poor diet and other problems, not proscribed by a Doctor but self medication.
    I ran out of mulitivitamins and went without for a week but noticed a remarkable reduction in elbow pain? I then started to retake them and the pain returned.
    I now have stopped the multivitamins but tale vitamin C and cod liver oil, the oil for my poor old brain.
    I still have some pain but as you said old age and I still cycle, exercise and do weights.

    So I believe you have a point and this should be researched if it has not been already.

    Posted by Nigel Wright | June 1, 2013, 4:55 am
    • i have been trying to increase my magnesium level and have been taking numerous other supplements. Have been taking high doses of magnesium. I have started having pain in knees and hips mostly on one side. I will stop today and seewhat happens. Does anyone have any idea as to what particular supplement or supplements in the multi that is causingthe problem?

      Posted by Richard Younger | April 7, 2016, 10:32 am
    • i have also been geting very severe joing pain from multivitamins, why is this please ?

      Posted by stella Robinson | August 2, 2018, 4:52 pm
  2. I had this problem also. I started taking a multivitamin in my late 20’s, and after about a year bought new work boots.. My joints in my knees made working almost unbearable, it came to the point where I thought It was the new boots were killing me.. I talked to my sister about the problem, she’s a nurse, and she said I could have zinc poisoning from the multi–, sure enough, I stopped taking the multi, and I feel great… Now I wonder if I should search for a multi with less to no zinc at all.

    Posted by Scott brown | March 24, 2014, 7:48 am
  3. I have the same problem, whenever i take multivitamins, pain specially in my knees is increased. What pills you take for joint pains?

    Posted by Saadat | November 26, 2014, 2:51 pm
    • Immediately stop taking the multivitamins. For the joint pain I take a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM. Expect to take these joint pills for the next few years if not forever.

      Posted by slumbuddy | November 26, 2014, 4:49 pm
  4. I wanted to avoid getting the flu. At the first signs of a cold I took Vitamin C and Folic acid in addition to some coldezze. After a week of taking them, my joints hurt so much I could barely walk. I had a total knee replacement about 4 months ago and will be having the next one about August. So when my knees felt worse (both of them) I just thought I was walking too much. Except that I could barely move my arms. It hurt to even reach up to turn off the floor lamp. Even combing my hair hurt my arms. Holding on to the stair rails hurt my shoulders. Then I remember a year ago I had started taking a woman’s vitamin in addition to some folic vitamins. The same thing happened. I didn’t even connect it to the vitamins, but for some reason I figured that was the only new thing I had done differently so I stopped just in case. I noticed a complete improvement of my joint pain. Yep, for me vitamins give me tremendous joint pain.

    Posted by Ivy | March 22, 2015, 3:42 am
    • ive beeen on multivitamins for a week, and i thought i was imagining it, unbearable tingling and burning pain, what the hell, why would they sell a vitamin like that .? so fed up.

      Posted by stella Robinson | August 2, 2018, 4:58 pm
  5. Hello – I found this post by searching for ‘joint pain caused by mulitvitamins’. Im a woman in my early 40s, and my first ‘epidode’ was in my 20s. Generally very fit an healthy, I went to an ‘alternative therapist’ about allergies. She gave me extreme doses of calcium,zinc, iron and others, and I found myself on crutches within 2 months. I thought my joint pain could not possibly be caused by things that are so good for you!. Then, as with previous people, I thought that the supplementation was the only thing different that I have done, and it might be too much of a concidence. Stopping gave almost immediate relief. Later, I always had (lesser) knee and elbow pain whenever I took a regular multivitamin. I then found that when i took a pregnancy multivitamin and mineral (all lower dosages) all was OK so I stayed on those for a few years (despite them costing 10 times more)!! I was fine for a few years, and that brings us to now.

    Then recently I had an inflamed and painful knuckle. I went to the GP about it. blood tests ruled out ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis’ thankgoodness, but the swelling and pain still there, she sent me for an xray of my hand. I mentioned ‘could supplements cause joint pain’ but was just met with a blank stare. Other joints are starting to be slightly more clicky, and one or two more are slightly painful. My knees have been painful going up stairs for years and I just live with it (with and without any multivits). . I am not sure whenther I have haemochromatosis or as you mention, reacting to another heavy metal build up in my body.

    It seems that there is not much information out there! I am just now going to stop taking everything and see what happens this time. I sincerely hope that it is this and not some other debilitating condition.

    Good luck with your ongoing improvement.

    Posted by emma | May 22, 2015, 11:06 am
  6. I am experiencing this exact same thing at the moment! Every time I take a multivitamin my arms start to ache uncontrollably-and after a few days off it goes away. What could it be? Unfortunately I have some MTHFR mutations that I am trying to treat with methylated vitamins and the multivitamins help many other parts of my body but the arm pain is unbearable. I wish we could all figure out which of the individual components are the issue and then treat accordingly! That would solve a lot of problems!

    Posted by Crista | November 18, 2015, 1:21 pm
  7. Me too! But it is my hips and the pain is so bad I can not even walk. But no multi and no pain at all and no problem with movement. Kind of glad it is not just me….

    Posted by Pam | December 9, 2015, 12:37 pm
  8. I have experienced the same thing. I found your site because I noticed a connection between my severe knee pain and multivitamins. At first I thought it was because I was using a brand from the health food store, so I stopped taking them for several months until I thought I found a brand that would be more careful about their ingredients. I started using One a Day for women over 50. The pain returned even worse. I stopped taking the vitamins and haven’t taken them for two weeks. The pain is gone and I can bend my knees again and walk up stairs with no pain. I am amazed that vitamins would cause such severe problems, but this is actually my third time experiencing this, not my second. I just didn’t put two and two together the first time.

    Posted by siri | December 13, 2015, 10:27 am
  9. I am a 66 year old female. I am on no medication and exercise daily. I would take a multivitamin off and on but for the past couple of months I was taking them regularly. I’ve been noticing pain in my knees which kept getting worse even in bed at night. I was at the point where I was taking advil almost every day and was considering getting a knee brace especially for my right knee. One day I decided that I had very healthy meals the day before so I didn’t take one. I noticed my knees weren’t that bad during the night. The next day was even better. It has been over a week without vitamins and my knee pain is virtually gone. Glad to hear others with the same experience.

    Posted by Eileen | December 20, 2015, 12:36 pm
  10. Thank you all for showing me I’m not crazy.I fell down the stairs four years ago and have constant pain across the area in-between my shoulder blades and up the back of my neck,Dr said my back is disintegrating and to take a multivitamin so started taking the one a day gummies and pain increased plus I have horrible joint pain especially in my elbows and jaw and even my breasts swell and hurt so bad I can’t sleep, I ran out of them two days ago and was feeling good for once and got more and starting taking again and just woke up feeling like a truck ran me over,it has GOT to be the vitamins making me feel worse.When I told my husband he looked at me like I was crazy,but now I know others feel the same effect and I am throwing those vitamins out.Bless your day everybody.

    Posted by Yveee | December 28, 2015, 9:20 am
  11. I am a 53 year old female. Im at the hot flash stage in my life. But I noticed that my hot flash experience seemed to be worse than everyone elses. My big toe started to hurt. My foot started to hurt. My arm hurt. My back was killing me. I was sore as all heck in the mornings. I also thought I was just getting old and falling apart. Then one day I noticed my terrible night sweats (from the hot flashes) wasnt as bad. So I tried to remember what i had ate or not ate. Then I realized I forgot my multivitamin for a few days in a row (one a day). Could it be my multivitamin?! Yes it was! I stopped taking them and everything feels better. Hard to believe but hey, try it.

    Posted by Ciony Holloway | January 7, 2016, 12:14 am
  12. Your story is so much like mine. I am going to see my doctor for a blood test to see if i have the same condition my mom has with too much iron. But i feel much better now that i am off the vitamins.

    Posted by Dinah Cuthbertson | January 10, 2016, 8:55 pm
  13. Thank you tons! Similar story for me. Differences are i am female and never get flu. Other details very much alike. Im going to check my vitamins immediately! GOD bless you indeed!

    Posted by Stacie | February 24, 2016, 1:00 pm
  14. Same story again! I noticed a correlation years ago between some mega-multis and pain in my hands, but I thought it was just a bad brand. Recently, I’ve taken another multivitamin, and I literally couldn’t work for the pain in my right arm and neck. So, remembering what happened before, I stopped the multivitamin, and started feeling better. Last night I took one – ONE!, and the pain is ridiculous. That’s why I Googled “multivitamins cause joint pain” and found this thread. I hope more people make this connection. Apparently, it’s not some rare fluke that hardly affects anybody!!

    Posted by Ray | March 1, 2016, 9:55 pm
  15. Have had this same thing happen ever since my 20s. Would take a few bottles of a multivitamin after a bad flu was hard to shake, develop symptoms of arthritis, run out of vitamins for a week and notice the difference. Recently I tried to use Vitalux and one pill makes me miserable for 24 hours.

    Posted by Paula J Hennessy | March 27, 2016, 10:51 pm
  16. Thanks for your comments. I’m a physician who always takes MVI and as I remember the months I haven’t taken I was better and when I take it I am having with multiple joint pain, lower back, neck, shoulder and now every night new knee pain. I was checking google causes and I believe what you said. I will keep only take Chondroitin with Glucosamine and MSG as I read Chondroitin have comparative analgesic effect than formulated Celebr.. and some slow improvement of cartilage rebuilding and no with the above prescribed one. Other reason can give joint and many disease is aspartame, etc. Keep healthy and eat no GMO and organic is better to keep us in less risk of cancer and other sickness. In other countries people live healthier and longer but here in US we live more because the expenses of rapid response to illness but sick for ever and even worse. Me and my wife survived of Cancer and only common relation I believe was same food and lifestyle. Thanks God I am caring better of Us and people like you. Have a healthy life. I won’t take Multivitamins any more and will share this advise. Thanks

    Posted by Dr. Marlon | April 13, 2016, 11:56 am
  17. I am so glad I found this information. I am in my early 50’s. Work out regularly. Eat healthy. Am hypothyroid and take levothyroxine 50 mg. Had yearly doctor appointment and told him I noticed my hair was shedding a lot. Had blood work done and the results showed that my ferritin level was 30, but NOT that I was anemic. Ideally, for someone who is hypothyroid, ferritin level should be closer to 80. My doctor told me to take 325 mg of ferrous sulfate once a day and to take biotin forte with zinc and re do blood work in a month. Ferritin only went up to 31, so the doctor told me to start taking the ferrous sulfate twice a day. I noticed that my hair was growing, definitely not as dry, and shedding a lot less. The downfall was that I started to hear my joints crack all the time while working out. Then suddenly started to have pain/aching in one arm and three weeks later started having pain/aching behind one knee. I kept wondering if it was related to the supplements. I’m going to back off of the iron to see if the problem goes away.

    Posted by Kimberly | April 15, 2016, 9:38 pm
  18. My wife experiences back pain and leg muscle pain with multi-vitamin use.

    Posted by Mike | May 4, 2016, 2:48 pm
  19. I have had similar experiences. On a multi and working out heavy both shoulders got very sore and some hip pain. I am 49 but on no medications. I thought i was training with to heavy a weight on bench and shoulder exercises but i stopped my multi for a few days because of an unrelated stomach issue. Doing some research Magnesium is supposed to help with pain and nerve issues so i took 250 mg Magnesium and no other vitamins. The pain lessened the same day! I think it must be something else. Most mens multis do not have enough Magnesium… less than 100mg. Recommended is 450mg to 500mg but supposed to be balanced with calcium…… Still researching……….

    Posted by Phil | May 8, 2016, 10:00 pm
  20. Glad I found this post. Am a male early 40’s. Recently I suspected some correlation to my joint pain in my knees with taking my multivitamins (take total body supplements AM/PM packets). Recently, per primary doc I had my first physical therapy for knee pain that has developed over the last year and progressively getting worse. I also developed audible squishy sounding crackling in both knees (its really bad). Had a hard fall on my right knee 1.5 yrs ago and thought it was related to that. However the crackling is occurring in both knees, really badly with even slight pain in the left knee starting. One year ago I never had any joint noise in either of my knees whats so ever. I started regularly taking the vitamins about 6 months after my fall. Have been on the vitamins for 1 year now. I’d say within about 3-6 months I started noticing the sloshing/crackling sound while walking up stairs or basic bending. Thought it odd but didn’t correlate the cause. Now the pain has gotten so bad with basic walking up the stairs or basic lunging forward to pick something off the floor or squatting to pull something out of the cup board and so forth. Doesn’t take much for the pain to occur. In the interim of waiting for my first physical therapy appt I ran out of vitamins. Had been off them about 3 weeks prior to my first physical therapy appt last week. What was interesting is I told the physical therapist that my pain recently was not as bad, that it has not been as painful walking up the stairs and so forth. Still have a decent amount of pain on right knee but have noticed it’s not as bad (have been getting up and down my stairs at home much easier.). Then I realized I have been off the vitamins for a few weeks and it had to be that. A couple months ago I did have some suspicion and thought maybe it was the joint supplements (taking many kinds of supplements within the packets). So I started pulling those out but found the pain did not go away and then just figured it was not my supplements. However with recently being off them all together for a few weeks and noticing less pain I now put it together which is when I recently googled “Does multivitamins cause joint pain?” and found many postings including this one. I actually compared my vitamin ingredients to original posting here and ironically they are almost exactly the same with a couple items being more potent and likewise mine are formulated for men with no iron in them as well. Wonder if its the same company. I am assuming the Omega 3’s and antioxidants are safe to take. Doing a lot of research to try to figure out which of the supplements are causing the pain. Per these postings assuming it is the actual vitamin supplement ones. Once my vitamins arrive I will be shipping them back to the company and maybe just do the Omegas and antioxidants separately. About 10 years ago I used “muscle milk” back in the day I worked out regularly. It has much less potent ingredients and back then I didn’t have any joint pains but I was in my early 30’s at that time. I did not take any vitamin supplements or was not consistent like I have been this year. This week I bought the muscle milk and hoping its ok as it has the same vitamin ingredients but much less potent. Any thoughts, advice or opinions from anyone would be great. Best regards.

    Posted by Mike | August 14, 2016, 5:15 am
  21. It might be the salts they add to the vitamins. I was taking iron and it was making me feel like my toe was broke. A good doctor told me to switch and it went away.

    Posted by ann schmidt | August 31, 2016, 6:30 pm
  22. How interesting! I find this interesting as I have had joint pain in my fingers for about a year, which started after taking multivitamins and went away when I stopped. I assumed there was something in there possibly causing this but always though I was over thinking it because multivits are meant to be good for you right!? I am now pregnant and seeing a nutritional therapist who I hope might help me get to the bottom of this. But have stopped the multivit completely and the joint pain is subsiding once again… Strange..! So pleased there is someone else out there experiencing a similar effect.

    Posted by Carly | September 12, 2016, 4:21 pm
    • It’s sad I have the same problem, I am pretty sure we can get our nutrition, just eating the right food without all those chemicals distorying our bodies, it doesn’t matter what vitiman you take it will kill you a lot faster. Answer: just eat right!

      Posted by Lainey | July 16, 2018, 10:21 am
  23. i am experiencing the same every time i start taking multivitamins my hands joint start to become very painful that it wakes me up in the middle of the night so i stopped it long time ago but now i decided to take just iron and folic acid and after 10 days i have very painful tendons in my hands very painful knees when i go up the stairs !!!! so worried now as i might be pregnant and i wonder what is this exactly!!! i have been searching about this from the first time i had it which is like 2 years ago till now with nooo answer at all!!! please CARLY if your nutritional therapist gave you any answer or what to do about it would you share it here

    Posted by uc | September 26, 2016, 3:31 am
  24. I’m 29 years old. I’m very active, exercise daily, and eat right. I started taking gummy multivitamins because they were on sale and they’re delicious.

    About 4 days later I began to feel joint pain particularly in my knees. I figured I worked out too hard the day prior and decided to take it easy at the gym. The pain got progressively worse and I tried to figure out what I have changed since the pain started.

    I went on a trip for a week and by the time I got back, the pain went away and I was back to normal. I ate breakfast and popped another two gummies. Later that day, the pain came back.

    That’s when I realized it might be the multivitamins. I got off of them and the pain went away!

    Posted by Edwin d | November 17, 2016, 9:06 pm
    • I am 33 and began taking a gummy vitamin a few months ago. Same thing as you, started having intense knee pain that just got worse and worse, to the point where I had to wear a brace on both knees. I could hardly climb the stairs or bend down. I ran out of the vitamin and didn’t get another bottle for a couple weeks. In that time my knee pain was almost 100% gone. Started the vitamin again and I’m in so much pain. Absolutely not taking another vitamin!

      Posted by Lindsay | January 24, 2017, 7:16 pm
  25. After taken multivitamin I noticed joint pain after stopped taking them my pain stopped after Agee days

    Posted by Kalwant | November 22, 2016, 6:30 pm
  26. My husband has just stopped taking multivitamins for this same reason. A co worker told him it was his vitamins causing his body aches and joint pains. He has been taking them for almost a year and has lost muscle mass due to the pain preventing him from excerise and working as hard physically as usual. He is only 28 and has excerised regularly, particularly strength training and martial arts since he was 17. Now he is in so much pain he hurts getting off the couch. He pushes through his work days but is in rough shape when he gets home. I will return with an update once he’s been off the vitamins longer.

    Posted by Kayla | December 11, 2016, 10:27 pm
    • I’ve recently started having joint pain due the last 2 months. I have a hypothroid and currently going through menopause. I started taking vitamins to help me because I’m losing alot of hair. I never thought that vitamins could be what’s causing my pain and inflammation. I currently take black cohosh for my hot flashes, vitamin E, D, B6, B complex, Magnesium, Biotin and a Move Free for my joints. I guess I’ll eliminate some and take the necessary ones to see if it helps. My pain is so severe at times, it’s very hard to walk.

      Posted by Diana Garza | December 31, 2016, 2:20 pm
  27. I have been having severe pain in my finger and toes and sometimes shins and ankles. I ahd been taking vitamins and wondered if one of them was the cause. Im going to look closer and see what itould be. Thank you for this post.

    Posted by Sara | January 28, 2017, 1:51 pm
  28. Thanks fo your post. Same story here. Never took vitamins in my life. Was feeling down this winter and started a multivitamin. Almost immediately developed joint and back pain. I have since discontinue d but the pain is still there two days later. I hope the symptoms subside soon!

    Posted by cl | February 20, 2017, 8:38 pm
  29. WOW Just went to the Doctor in March/2017 I guess she was thinking I was under weight ,so she put me on A multivitamin. Man in a couple of days my neck and the back of head hurt so bad I started to go to the ER but I toughed it out, and stop taking the Multivitamin !!! Wow what a relief my Pain slowly went away!!!So glad I finally went to” google” And saw these Post Thanks again GOOGLE ??? Also Thanks To The Dragon Well !!!!

    Posted by Samuel l Spivey | April 20, 2017, 6:43 pm
  30. I am a 46 yr old woman. I was achy and needed lots of sleep all my life. And I took multi-Vs all the time. I have fibromyalgia and the pain feels like is in my tendons. 5 yrs ago I finally quit the multi-V. After a year the pain finally went away.. Started up the multi-Vs again and the pain came back. My serum iron is good. I have a brother recently diagnosed with too much iron in his body. Hope my pain will go away soon. What a great thread this is.

    Posted by mid-age woman | May 7, 2017, 12:50 am
    • Recently I was diagnosed with Pyrrole disorder. This makes my zinc and B6 low, and my copper very high. High copper can make fibromyalgia symptoms. I will get custom multi-Vs for my specific needs.

      Posted by Rachael Morrow | June 18, 2018, 9:16 pm
  31. This thread is enlightening, I recently had an infection in my thumb (of all places) and was prescribed an antibiotic and medicine for pain. After taking multi-V, fish oil and V D3 for years, I stopped while taking the antibiotic, as I don’t like to mix medication with vitamins. As I was on the antibiotic my second week, I noticed the excruciating pain in my knees and hip disappeared. I couldn’t believe it, even after exercising and barbecuing my knee or hip did not hurt. I thought about having stopped my vitamin routine and started researching vitamins and joint pain. Upon my research I discovered this blog, and cannot believe the similarities of people taking vitamins and having joint pain. I honestly wanted to cut out my knees because they were hurting so bad. And now without vitamins I am having no pain. I will start the vitamins again, one at a time, to pin point which one is causing my discomfort. This thread is fantastic, it let’s me know I’m not the only one!

    Posted by Felicia | July 11, 2017, 11:31 am
  32. I’m a 65 year old female who has had ankle pain and back pain for the last 5 years. Thought it was just that I was getting old. Bruised a kidney a month ago. Stopped taking my women’s multivitamin. Bruised kidney really hurt so wasn’t paying attention to the rest of my body. Kidney healed so I started taking the multivitamin again. Crackling hurting pain when getting up returned. Stopped vitamin. Pain gone!

    Posted by wingwifeusmc | August 26, 2017, 1:34 pm
  33. Thank you for ur post. My 86 yr old mother started to have ongoing joint pain and hydromorphone wasnt helping. Ive been all over the internet to try to find the cause. Ill try ur idea.

    Posted by Diane Cseh | August 28, 2017, 3:16 am
  34. Was taking Vitamin Code for Men multi, along with Kirkand CoQ10 300mg, Vital Nutients BCQ, NOW 600mg Alpha Lipoic Acid, Longevinex, Schiff Glucosomine Plus MSM and Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Extra. My pain was in my left knee after 8 hour work day, then my right knee began to hurt.I figured it was miniscus damage from working on concret floors for 30years. My big toes and thumbs then started to hurt. Eventually the pain would wake me at night. The Bursa behind my knees were so swollen I could not bend my legs. Thought it may be one of the questionable supplements (Longevinex or the BCQ). Stoped taking them….no change. In the mean time I purchased new Redwing work boots, had custom orthodics made, no change……Finally I stoped taking everything. Within a few days I could bend my knees, the swelling was gone with minor stiffness and pain in my left knee only. I slept through the night! I decided to try each supplement one at a time to find which one was causing the issues. I figured I would start with the multi since I figured it was the least likely to be the culprit. I took two vitamins in the morning before work. By the end of the day both knees were swollen. After work I took the other two multis, (dosage is 4 per day) the knee pain woke me in the middle of the night. I have since resumed the other supplements without the multi vitamin. Other than the minor left knee pain I have no swelling or pain anywhere else. WHAT IN THIS MULTI CAUSES THIS REACTION?

    Posted by Rick Baer | October 7, 2017, 11:21 am
  35. Thank you everyone, I woke 2am last night in agony. Been in pain for 2 weeks but this was extreme . Has been in alternating shoulders, wrists and fingers. Lowered vitamins. Improved. Took fish oil yesterday. Going off vitamins all of them. This is too much. Am a 59 year old female who can’t even dress because of pain. Glad I found this group of interesting messages.

    Posted by Lois Langley | November 23, 2017, 6:29 pm
  36. Thank you when i told my doctor this he just looked at me like i was crazy. Now i know how to start my research fo my own health sake.

    Posted by Iris | February 5, 2018, 2:55 pm
  37. Im noticing the same thing with my vitamins that’s why I looked this up because I’ve accidentally went without my vitamins and my joints were killing me now it’s not too bad what’s up with that???

    Posted by Lisa wood | February 11, 2018, 12:04 am
  38. I ‘ve had pain around my jaw and headaches when taking multivitamins

    Posted by Will | April 8, 2018, 3:38 pm
  39. I decided, as I am in my 70s and very active, that I would start taking multivitamins. Well, here I am, day 3 of taking them, and I feel like I have been run over by a truck. Since I was biking yesterday I thought maybe that was the cause, but my legs feel fine, however, my back is killing me and I ache all over. NOW I remember why, many years ago, I quit taking multivitamins …. the same thing happened. My muscles and joints ached after starting the multivitamins, so I quit and VOILA! No more aches and pains. Time to quit again ….. this time for good.

    Posted by Doris Osburn | May 1, 2018, 5:41 pm
  40. When I take milt-vitamins my hips and leg bones hurt…Stop them and it goes away… I have known this since prenatal vitamins. And just was told again I needed vitamins, so I took them again…Now I can hardly walk again… I have told several doctors before..I just get a funny look with the replay NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE..I’m stopping them today.. If anyone every figures out this problem… Please blog it out.

    Posted by Rita | May 9, 2018, 5:24 pm
  41. I’m so happy I googled knee pain with multi vitamins! I am a 55 year old female who was athletically active as a youth. I was told years ago by my orthopedist that my knee issues were a result of this but the X-rays didn’t show I needed knee replacements yet. A few months later I got a flu shot and 3 days later woke up with extensive multiple joint pain including my knees. I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica caused by the binding agent in the flu shot! I was put on a steroid, multi vitamin and D3 (blood work showed deficiency in D) vitamin for a year to combat the painful side effects. The steroid made me feel great as steroids do. When I got off the steroids, I noticed my knees starting to hurt again. I was on Advil constantly for the pain. I recently went on vacation and forgot all vitamins for a week and felt like a teenager again with my knees! When I returned home, I began the vitamins and 2 days later my knees ached. I’m now off the vitamins only taking turmeric for my knees and feel great! I told my doctor and she doesn’t believe it’s the vitamins and feel I need to be on them. Not sure what to do but I’m not taking the vitamins.

    Posted by Kristine | July 28, 2018, 6:12 pm
  42. I too have experienced increased joint pain when I take vitamins. I wcan lay off them for awhile n it lessens the pain, but I can just take biotin, and a d vitamin and it trigger it. Multivitamins are usually the worst offender though.

    Posted by Sandra Reed | August 26, 2018, 2:50 am
  43. Many thanks for the splendid posting! I loved studying this, you’re an incredible creator.

    Posted by Ichikawa | August 28, 2018, 7:46 am

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