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Lack of vitamin D linked to chronic pain

Sunday 29 March 2009

Flowers Science Centric reports on a study that links vitamin D deficiencies and chronic pain:

Mayo Clinic research shows a correlation between inadequate vitamin D levels and the amount of narcotic medication taken by patients who have chronic pain. This correlation is an important finding as researchers discover new ways to treat chronic pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States. These patients often end up taking narcotic-type pain medication such as morphine, fentanyl or oxycodone.”

The article goes on:

“This study found that patients who required narcotic pain medication, and who also had inadequate levels of vitamin D, were taking much higher doses of pain medication - nearly twice as much - as those who had adequate levels. Similarly, these patients self-reported worse physical functioning and worse overall health perception. In addition, a correlation was noted between increasing body mass index (a measure of obesity) and decreasing levels of vitamin D. Study results were published in a recent edition of Pain Medicine.”

The full article can be found here:

Science Centric: Mayo Clinic study suggests those who have chronic pain may need to assess vitamin D status

There’s also a report of the study results on the EmaxHealth website:

EmaxHealth: Lack of Vitamin D Doubles Use of Narcotic Pain Medicine

 


 

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