Below is an introduction to the clinical value of using supplemental vitamin D for treating chronic pain from Pain Treatment Topics:
"According to peer-reviewed clinical research, inadequacies of vitamin D have been linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain of various types, muscle weakness or fatigue, fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis, hyperesthesia, migraine headaches, and other somatic complaints. It also has been implicated in the mood disturbances of chronic fatigue syndrome and seasonal affective disorder.
Current best evidence demonstrates that supplemental vitamin D can help to resolve or alleviate chronic pain and fatigue syndromes in many patients who have been unresponsive to other therapies. Vitamin D therapy is easy for patients to self-administer, is well tolerated, and is very economical."
For handy reference, here are three excellent pieces to share with health care practitioners from http://www.pain-topics.org/:
- Vitamin D – A Neglected 'Analgesic' (Summary) - Practitioner Briefing - 7 pages
- Vitamin D – A Neglected 'Analgesic' for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
An Evidence-Based Review & Clinical Practice Guidance (Full Report) - Clinical Recommendations with 170 research citations - 50 pages
- Vitamin D: A Champion of Pain Relief (Patient Brochure) - 6 pages
The articles acknowledge that vitamin D does not act palliatively like pharmaceutical interventions, but systemically, and thus takes weeks to months to kick in, as a person's system is nourished with ample vitamin D over time.
Worried about mom's or dad's (or your own) bones, aches and pains, possibilities of falls? I can't stress it enough: make sure you know plenty about our little friend, vitamin D (yes that is a link to our product, for full disclosure)!