Chronic Pain and Vitamin D: A Relationship that’s Surprisingly Well Understood

Chronic Pain…

it seems that each of us who suffer from it are just so darn unique!

Your symptoms, your under-lying condition (if there is one or it’s been found), your pain triggers, your effective pain management techniques…

none of us seem to agree.

So in respect to finding answers it becomes quite a challenge for our healthcare-providers and Chronic Pain researchers. There are a lot of variables so…

When they find something that’s common across the spectrum of Chronic Pain sufferers, that’s note-worthy!

Especially when its something simple that we can actually, pro-actively, do to try and improve our condition!

Vitamin D anyone?

“What is the prevalence of low blood-levels of D in patients with nonspecific musculoskeletal pain syndrome? It’s quite striking, according to this important 2003 paper. Researchers did a cross-sectional study and found that ‘all patients with persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain are at high risk for the consequences of unrecognized and untreated severe (vitamin D deficiency).” ~ Plotnikoff G. A., Quigley J. M., Mayo Clinic Proc.

So what does Vitamin D deficiency have to do with Chronic Pain? Notably vitamin D deficiency causes muscle weakness, aches and pains.

It has also been strongly linked to fibromyalgia and too, depression (we know a common “concern”  for those with Chronic Pain, of the which-came-first-the chicken-or-the-egg variety).

A few pointers:

  • Vitamin D supplements are most effective when eaten with a good-sized meal. This will improve its absorption.
  • Research has shown that Chronic Pain patients can see a positive change in about 6 weeks.
  • Vitamin D has been shown to improve muscle strengthen and for our oft-times movement-adverse population, sustaining and improving muscle strength is a real added benefit point period.
  • Sunshine is optimal but, as we know, tread with care.
  • Take vitamin D3, not D2.
  • Take the full recommended dosage, currently 4000IU per day, and bear in mind that its takes extraordinarily high dosages before toxicity occurs.
  • As always, consult with your Doctor.

Please read the extensive article on the connection between vitamin D and Chronic Pain, and always well worth reading, on Paul Ingraham’s great site: PainScience.com

And finally, as in all things Chronic Pain it seems: “There are good reasons to hope that vitamin D supplementation is valuable for some kinds of pain patients, but it remains speculative.”

Author: ChronicPainDailyReflections

I manage a web-site, Chronic Pain Daily Reflections.com, created for and in support of those living in chronic pain. The site helps with the day-to-day spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of those with constant pain, whatever its source.