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...
The relationship between vitamin D and chronic pain has been a topic of debate. Some studies have suggested that a low level of vitamin D causes chronic pain. But in a recent review about vitamin D and chronic pain soon to be published in Pain, Oxford researchers concluded that the available medical evidence "does not allow us to conclude that vitamin D is relevant to chronic pain".
One of the most compelling arguments against the idea that low vitamin D causes pain is the fact that those people who are in higher latitudes (therefore, less sunlight and less natural vitamin D production in the body) did not have a higher incidence of chronic pain. Furthermore, well designed studies did not conclusively demonstrate the benefits of vitamin D supplementation for chronic pain. One of the problems in studying vitamin D supplementation is that nobody seems to know the right dose. Some recommend low intensity treatment with 1000IU per day, some recommend high intensity treatment of 500...
When the pain of arthritis doesn't go away, replacing the problem joint may be an option. For the knee, the procedure to implant a new joint is called total knee arthroplasty (TKA). For most patients, TKA gives pain-free motion and return of function. For a small number of patients, the result isn't good. Painful swelling and loss of function can make them wish they'd never had the procedure. These patients can be helped. The doctor must make a careful search to find the cause of the problem before correcting it. There are many possible causes for a painful TKA. Problems from inside the knee may be the cause of painful symptoms. Recent changes in the design of the joint implant have helped solve some of these problems. Infection and bleeding are the first two things the doctor looks for. This can be assessed using laboratory test results. Scar tissue and pinching of the joint lining can cause a painful, stiff knee. This can be found using an arthroscope. The scope is a slender device wit...
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