Vitamin D Supplementation May Provide Pain Relief for Vitamin D-deficient Patients

Posted By News On November 13, 2012 - 4:05am

High-dose vitamin D supplementation may have a positive effect on persistent musculoskeletal pain among vitamin D-deficient patients.

A small study of 84 non-Western immigrants in Western Europe, a population prone to vitamin D deficiency and musculoskeletal problems, revealed a small positive effect on pain six weeks after supplementation with 150,000 IU of Vitamin D3 on vitamin D-deficient patients.

Specifically, patients randomized to receive vitamin D supplementation were significantly more likely than those in a control group to report pain relief six weeks after treatment (35 percent vs. 20 percent). The former were also more likely to report an improved ability to walk stairs (21 percent vs. 8 percent).

In a nonsignificant trend, patients receiving vitamin D over 12 weeks were more likely to report an improvement than patients receiving it over six weeks. The authors call for future investigation involving greater numbers of participants with longer follow-up and higher doses.

Hi, On my last visit with my GP, the results of my blood test were reviewed. I have a intractable chronic pain disease, called Arachnoiditis. The results of the blood test showed my level of vitamin D was very low. I take daily 2-4 mcg of vitamin D3. I guess my intake of those were not working. So, my GP put me on Vitamin D2 which is plant derived rather than animal like D3. I have noticed a big change in pain, and all over feeling better.
I hope I can continue on this drug forever..

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