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Could Chronic Pain Relief With a Vitamin Work?

Updated on November 12, 2011

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Regardless of Age, Chronic Pain Can Be Alleviated through Natural Supplementation


Could Pain Relief Be This Simple?

It is now known through scientific studies there is a correlation between low levels of vitamin D in the body and pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States. And they also show through research that a significant amount of pain patients lack Vitamin D in their diet.

This research also concludes on the average, pain patients with low Vitamin D levels use twice as much “on average” pain medications (morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone) than those that supplement their diet. And those also low in Vitamin D also have higher measures of body fat which place them in the obesity category.

Where does this vitamin come from? It comes from sun exposure and a few natural occurring foods you consume: E.g., tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod liver oil, mushrooms. Small amounts can be found in beef liver and egg yolk. Of course, there is fortified vitamin D in the American diet, i.e., milk, cheese, ice cream, breakfast cereals, orange juice, yogurt, margarine, etc.

Vitamin D is essential to propagate calcium absorption for healthy bones and bone growth. And low levels of this Vitamin for too long can result in bone surface softening (osteomalacia), where this condition causes pain. And the area of the body that seems to suffer greatest for lack of this nutrient and most prone to pain is the lower back. For those that suffer from fibromyalgia, bone and joint pain, phenomenal pain relief can be experienced through supplementation.

Researchers state a daily 1000IU/day to grow healthy strong bones for children and adults that suffer from chronic pain could experience significant pain relief at a 2000IU/day regiment. Also the health risk with “D” supplementation has a highly favorable safety profile when used simultaneously with prescription drugs. Apparently, it is very difficult for many to get this much Vitamin D nutrient in the daily diet, unless you get adequate (1hour) sun exposure daily.

This supplementation simply doesn’t interact with many types of drugs unless one uses extremely high doses of Vitamin D (e.g., 50,000IU and over). Since vitamin D also promotes a healthy nervous system, those that suffer with radiating neuropathic pain can also experience better pain alleviation, movement function and greater quality of life experiences.

If you are self paying for your pain prescriptions, also keep this in mind. A daily 2000IU/day for Vitamin D can cost as little as $.07-.10/day. This could be your safe, cost effective ticket to alleviating chronic pain in a way where other prescriptions have failed and without breaking the bank.

Although there is no guarantee this will be a complete substitute for your pain relief program, it is likely it would help alleviate your pain and do no harm. However, it is always prudent to ask your physician about vitamin D supplementation for pain relief.

I will tell you that physiatrists (pain specialists) will advise you to supplement with 2000IU/day for chronic pain alleviation. If your lab results show lower than 50-70 nonograms/milliliter; a vitamin D supplement for natural pain relief will most likely help you relieve pain.

Wishing you much success with your chronic pain alleviation program and as always, good health to you and your family.


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    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Pamela99 thank you for your comment and may all your days be pain free and enjoyable.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is an interesting hub as I had very low Vitamin D. Since I have lupus and problems with pain I took high doses of Vitamin D for a few weeks and now maintain on 2000 iu like you suggest. I do think it has lessened my pain level. Thanks for all the detailed information.


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