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Vitamin D: A Complementary Option for Chronic Pain?

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Vitamin D: A Complementary Option for Chronic Pain? If you’re one of the many who think vitamin D is only good for your bones, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that deficiency of this “sunshine vitamin” is associated with back, knee and abdominal pain. It’s also linked to headaches, persistent musculoskeletal pain and fibromyalgia. This means that, when your levels are low your bones, muscles, nerves and even your cartilage can start aching.

However, when your stores of vitamin D are replenished, it may help rid you of that constant pain.

Vitamin D: A Complementary Option for Chronic Pain?

The study, published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Disease analyzed 58 patients with chronic muscoskeletal pain and vitamin D deficiency. This included 30 patients with fibromyalgia. One of the interesting aspects of the study is that all of these patients were relatively young, between the ages of about 28 to 46.

Over the course of the study, the participants received 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. After three months of treatment, the patients’ vitamin D3 (25-OH D3) levels increased from an average of 10.6 ng/mL to 46.5 ng/mL. They also showed marked improvement in their symptoms. Levels of pain, weakness, tender areas, and even symptoms of depression all decreased. In fact, 85% of the patients said they were satisfied with the treatment.

Of course, the benefits of having optimal vitamin D status go far beyond the potential for inflammation. To better understand all that vitamin D can do for your health, be sure to read our article t our article, 9 Reasons You Really Do Need More Vitamin D. You can easily have your vitamin D levels tested. Simply ask your doctor to run a 25-OH D blood test on your next visit.

SOURCES:

Shipton EA, et al. Vitamin D and Pain: Vitamin D and Its Role in the Aetiology and Maintenance of Chronic Pain States and Associated Comorbidities. Pain Res Treat 2015 19;2015:904967.

Yilmaz R, et al. Efficacy of vitamin D replacement therapy on patients with chronic nonspecific widespread musculoskeletal pain with vitamin D deficiency. Int J Rheum Dis 2016 Nov 11. Epub 2016 Nov 11.

Forrest KY, et al. Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults. Nutr Res. 2011 Jan;31(1):48-54.


Dana Nicholas is a freelance writer and researcher in the field of natural and alternative healing. She has over 20 years of experience working with many noted health authors and anti-aging professionals, including James Balch, M.D., Dr. Linda Page, “Amazon” John Easterling and Al Sears M.D. Dana’s goal is to keep you up-to-date on information, news and breakthroughs that can have a direct impact on your health, your quality of life… and your lifespan. “I’m absolutely convinced that America’s misguided trust in mainstream medicine – including reliance on the government to regulate our food and medicine supply – is killing us, slowly but surely,” she cautions. “By sharing what I’ve learned throughout the years I hope I can empower others to take control over their own health.”

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