Does Vitamin D Help Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain and Vitamin DCurated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from WebMD

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“Not getting enough vitamin D in your system may be linked to chronic pain…”

See full article on WebMD


There is some, but not a completely convincing amount of evidence to suggest that low levels of Vitamin D lead to generalized pain.  A number of medical trials have been devoted to this question and some provide positive indications of this link.  The more stringent of the studies, however, do not support this link.  It’s not an easy question to answer.  The Mayo Clinic, certainly a prestigious medical authority, has found that patients with low levels of Vitamin D tend to require more pain medication to manage their pain.

Some doctors, based on their own experience, suggest the addition of Vitamin D for patients experiencing pain who happen to be currently low in this hormone.   This topic is getting attention currently because Vitamin D levels have been decreasing in the U.S. over the past 20 years.

If you are experiencing pain and haven’t found a solution, it is worth discussing Vitamin D with your doctor.  Adding it to your diet should only be done under a physician’s care, as an overdose of Vitamin D can lead to some serious negative side effects.

Rodney Chowning DDS, General and Cerec Dentistry, Denton, TX