Vitamin D deficiency is linked to chronic musculoskeletal pain

Vitamin D Should Be Prescribed By Doctors To Treat Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, According To Research

Patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain should be prescribed vitamin D, also known as the sunshine supplement, by their primary doctors, according to new information from the University of Adelaide’s School of Population Health. Vitamin D3 supplementation has been heralded in recent years as a hero in medical conditions across the board.

Most recently, vitamin D deficiency was said to be at the root of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a link that had been theorized about and studied for years. Vitamin D3 supplementation is said to make childbirth easier on mothers. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to dementia and lowered brain-functioning after a stroke. Deficiency in vitamin D is said to play a major role in low bone density. It has been linked strongly to depression, tuberculosis, and even baldness. It appears to be so far-reaching that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to advanced cancers, Multiple Sclerosis, and even weight gain in women.

Now, it is being heralded as a potentially effective treatment for chronic non-specific musculoskeletal pain (CNMP). It may seem like an easy fix for patients who suffer extensively with chronic musculoskeletal pain, but according to a press release about the work of a Ph.D student and medical doctor named Manasi Gaikwad, vitamin D should be a standard prescription given from doctors to patients suffering from CNMP.

“Vitamin D supplements are known to help ease the symptoms of people with this type of chronic pain, and there are no known negative side-effects. Vitamin D supplementation is readily available and a relatively cheap option,” Dr. Gaikwad said, according to a press release on The Lead-South Australia. “We found that the GPs we studied have observed positive effect of vitamin D supplementation on these patients. However, this can be a slow process, involving repeat visits to the GP, and additional costs such as blood tests.”

Dr. Gaikwad said the additional time and costs might be worth it for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, though.

“The patients in this group are experiencing chronic pain and it is a very common condition. So, we wanted to know how general practitioners were responding to these patients and whether we could make recommendations that might help the GPs in their work,” Dr Gaikwad said of the reason for the research. “Several studies have been conducted showing that patients with chronic non-specific musculoskeletal pain can receive relief after increasing vitamin D intake. But until now there has been no study to understand the clinical reasoning GPs use to decide which patients should or should not receive vitamin D supplementation.”

Gaikwad says that prescribing vitamin D to patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain could be highly effective and has no known side effects.