The most common, and usually the earliest, symptom of pantothenic acid B5 deficiency is fatigue. Pantothenic acid deficiency symptoms can be numbness of the toes or an extreme burning sensation in the feet. Other symptoms may be insomnia, vomiting, depression, pains to the stomach region, kidney stones, joint pain, edema, irritability, and upper respiratory issues.
If any of these symptoms continually persist for a period of time, consider consulting a physician. While all of these symptoms by themselves do not necessarily point to a pantothenic acid deficiency, a simple blood test allows the doctor to make the right diagnosis.
Because this B5 vitamin is so common in everyday foods, these symptoms are usually found in those with alcoholism, those with conditions where the body cannot absorb nutrients, or serious illnesses which affect the nutrition processes. All of these conditions may inhibit or block the absorbtion process in the body which may, over a period of time, cause a deficiency of pantothenic acid or B5 vitamin.