Vitamin D and chronic pain

Its an ongoing issue; getting enough vitamin D but not getting excessive exposure to the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun. It is now becoming well acecpted that low levels of vitamin D appear to be associated persistent pain syndromes and impaired functioning of the neuro-muscular system. There is growing interest in the observation by specialists dealing with musculoskeletal pain that those suffering or previously diagnosed or labelled with fibromyalgia are actually suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. This may affect those with darker skins or people who do not get much sun light exposure.
The key issue of interest in the study (published in the journal Pain Medicine) showed that those with low levels of vitamin D needed nearly twice as much pain medication compared to those with normal levels.
Vitamin D is a safe supplement for most people. Those suffering from chronic pain syndromes or fibromyalgia should consider using it for a good 3 months and especially during the dark winter months. However, supplements of vitamin D should be avoided by those with kidney failure or stones, primary hyperparathyroidism or sarcoidosis.
Similar findings have been reported in the New Zealand Medical Journal. For those interested in the effects of vitamin D on bone health click here for a previous blog entry on the subject.

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