Are you suspicious of snake oil claims that something will treat a whole lot of health problems? I sure am. The newest entry on the snake oil scene would seem to be vitamin D. I've lost track of all that this vitamin is supposedly good for -- everything from building strong bones to protecting us from strokes and heart failure to reducing our risk of cancer and on to helping us regulate our immune system and control inflammation, our blood pressure, and even our blood glucose. Recently, some people are even recommending it for respiratory problems ranging from the common cold to the H1N1 (swine) flu virus. If even half of this is true, vitamin D must be the biggest health discovery since aspirin. But so far we have only a few generally accepted uses of vitamin D. We've known since the early 1920s that vitamin D cures rickets and other diseases that soften our bones, including osteomalacia and osteoporosis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994 appro...
Recent research has shown that most people who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain (like fibromyalgia ) are deficient in vitamin D. It further showed that when they started getting enough vitamin D, their pain improved – and in some cases vanished completely. When vitamin D is broken down by the liver and kidneys, it functions as a hormone and works throughout the body, affecting muscles, tissues, nerves, joints and even the brain. Vitamin D is also essential in order for your body to properly absorb calcium and keep your bones strong. A lack of vitamin D can cause problems leading to pain in all of these areas. Vitamin D is reported to be especially good for back pain. Other conditions it may be helpful for include:
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
How Do We Get Vitamin D? The main natural source of vitamin D is the sun. However, many factors may reduce t...
Pain and aches in your bones and joints can range from mild discomfort that goes away by itself to severe aches that require medication. Arthritis can cause bone and joint pain. Cancer spreading (metastasizing) into a bone also causes pain.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause bone or joint pain:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Some pain medications, such as Feldene (chemical name: piroxicam) also can cause bone or joint pain. Bisphosphonates, medicines used to treat osteoporosis, may cause bone or joint pain. Common bisphosphonates are Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium), Actonel (chemical name: risedronate), and Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate).
Managing bone or joint pain
If you have bone or joint pain, talk to your doctor. If your bone p...
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