Many Americans are running low on Vitamin D. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 showed that over the past twenty years, Vitamin D levels have decreased among all U.S. ages, races, and ethnic groups.
If you have chronic pain, it is a good idea to ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D levels to make sure they are not too low. Low Vitamin D levels can cause weakness, achiness and fatigue.
In 2011 the Journal of Neuroscience published an article hypothesizing that Vitamin D deficiency contributes to muscle hypersensitivity through direct effects on sensory pain receptors. In certain patients with low levels of Vitamin D, normalizing Vitamin D levels under a doctor’s care may help decrease the feelings of weakness, achiness and fatigue.
The jury is still out on the link between Vitamin D levels and pain. More research studies need to be performed to see if normalizing Vitamin D levels will help improve symptoms in chronic pain patients.
- Allyson A. Shrikhande, MD