Low vitamin D levels associated with fibromyalgia pain
If you've been following this blog, you probably know that getting enough vitamin D is crucial for numerous health reasons. The most recently discovered aspect of this important vitamin is that it can reduce pain in patients with rheumatic diseases like fibromyalgia.
The research, conducted in Seoul, South Korea, and presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR), examined patients with various rheumatic disorders. These included osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. The researchers found that rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia were particularly associated with low levels of vitamin D — 77.5 percent of patients with fibromyalgia were deficient in vitamin D, as were 64.4 percent of those with rheumatoid arthritis.
The researchers followed this up by giving participants an intramuscular injection of vitamin D every four weeks for 12 weeks, a total of three doses. At the end of the study period, all three groups reported decreased pain and fatigue associated with their conditions, supporting the idea that getting enough vitamin D can be key for reducing pain in these disorders.
"We believe that the data presented in the present study are promising. FMS [fibromyalgia syndrome] is a very extensive symptom complex that cannot be explained by a vitamin D deficiency alone. However, vitamin D supplementation may be regarded as a relatively safe and economical treatment for FMS patients and an extremely cost-effective alternative or adjunct to expensive pharmacological treatment," said lead author Florian Wepner, MD.
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