Vitamin D May Ease Pain for Fibromyalgia Sufferers
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) can cause chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, morning stiffness, poor concentration and even mental symptoms such as anxiety and depression. A recent study found that supplementation with vitamin D may reduce the chronic pain in individuals with FMS.
Participants in the study included 30 women who suffered from FMS and had blood levels of vitamin D that were lower than 32 ng/ml. For 25 weeks they were given either a vitamin D supplement or a placebo. The goal was to raise blood levels of vitamin D to between 32 and 48ng/ml and maintain those levels for 20 weeks.
The researchers measured vitamin D levels in the participant’s blood 5, 13 and 25 weeks after supplementation started and again 24 weeks after supplementation ended. The supplement group also saw significant improvements in physical functioning from week 1 to week 25 of the supplementation period. Participants in the supplement group also saw significant reductions in perceived pain 24 weeks after supplementation ended.
Additionally, the supplement group scored better on the Fibromalgia Impact Questionnaire when asked about morning fatigue compared with the placebo group. However, no significant impact was seen on depression or anxiety.
Researchers from the Orthopaedic Hospital of Vienna, Austria conducted the study. It was published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Pain.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin cancer, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.