Eight out of ten people will have back pain in their lifetime. In many cases, such pain is chronic, lasting more than 3 months. If there is no evidence of injury, disease, or bone problems, such as a slipped disk, vitamin D may provide relief. New clinical research in a report from Pain Treatment Topics* found that Vitamin D might provide relief for up to 95% of patients undergoing therapeutic vitamin D supplementation.
According to the report, patients with pain, especially chronic back pain, almost always have inadequate levels of Vitamin D. “When sufficient Vitamin D supplementation was provided, their pain either vanished or was reduced to a significant extent.”
- Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and bone health.
- After taking vitamin D supplements for 3 months, symptoms were improved in 95% of patients. All patients with the most severe Vitamin D deficiencies experienced back-pain relief.
- Expect that Vitamin D therapy may take 3-9 months to raise 25 (OH) D plasma concentration, saturate Vitamin D receptors, lower parathyroid hormone levels, and affect skeletal composition enough to reduce pain. Consistency with therapeutic dosing is key; a continued maintenance dose of vital vitamin D micronutrients is necessary to maintain good health.
- The currently recommended daily allowance of vitamin D – 200 to 600 IU per day – is too low. According to the new research, most children and adults need at least 1,000 IU per day. People with chronic back pain would benefit from 5,000 IU or more per day of supplemental Vitamin D3.
- Vitamin D3 supplements have a highly favorable safety profile. They interact with very few drugs or other agents, and are usually not harmful unless extremely high doses – such as 50,000 IU or more – are taken daily for an extended period of time.
- Vitamin D3 supplements are easy for patients to self-administer, are well tolerated, and cost as little as 7 cents per day for 1,000 IU, and 20 cents per day for 5,000 IU.
While Vitamin D3 therapy does not provide instant symptomatic relief, it does slowly strengthen the musculoskeletal structure, thus reducing the underlying source of pain, while providing numerous other benefits.
Micronutrients, hormones, and inflammation markers each hold the key to your vitality, health, and longevity. For a comprehensive evaluation, call the office of Rouzbeh Sattari, M.D.ABIHM.
*Read the entire report from Pain Treatment Topics here: Vitamin D – A Neglected ‘Analgesic’ for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain