This critical nutrient is a simple solution to chronic widespread pain. It is inexpensive, widely available and broadly accepted by medical practitioners. Even WebMD recommends its use. Yet more 75% of Americans are deficient in this vital substance according to researchers.
Research Studies Take-Away:
- Chronic widespread pain is associated with vitamin D deficiency.
- Supplementing with vitamin D reduces pain in persons diagnosed with fibromyalgia
A new study published in Pain Physician Journal confirms the connection between an inexpensive, common nutrient and the conditions of fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain (CWP). Fibromyalgia is one of several conditions classified as chronic widespread pain. It is estimated that 10% to 18% of the general population suffers from chronic widespread pain.
The Sunshine Vitamin
What nutrient is it? It’s vitamin D–the sunshine vitamin–of course. And this is not the first study to demonstrate the connection between low vitamin D levels and chronic pain.
The recent study was what is called a meta-analysis. Researchers reviewed existing research studies for data that would allow any correlation between vitamin D and chronic widespread pain. In all 1,854 patients with chronic widespread pain were compared with 7,850 control participants (without pain). They compared blood levels of vitamin D of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and/or chronic widespread pain with that of participants without pain complaints. The study published in Pain Physician Journal concluded:
In conclusion, our meta-analysis indicated a positive crude association between hypovitaminosis D and CWP, and the association was likely to remain after the adjustment of potential confounding factors.
The two major symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic widespread muscle pain and fatigue. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with both widespread muscle pain and fatigue.