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Vitamin D may help people with fibromyalgia

posted 1 Feb 2014, 15:11 by Tom Greenfield
A recent study found that vitamin D supplementation given to women diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome and who had low vitamin D levels, had significantly reduced pain when measured against placebo. The paper in Pain journal, "Effects of vitamin D on patients with fibromyalgia syndrome: A randomized placebo-controlled trial," studied thirty women diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), with vitamin D levels below <32ng/mL (80nmol/L). They were either given vitamin D supplementation to bring their vitamin D levels to between 32 and 48ng/mL for 20weeks with oral vitamin D supplementation, or given a placebo. They were retested after a further 24 weeks without vitamin D supplementation. A marked reduction in pain according to the visual analogue scale was noted over the treatment period in the women who had taken the vitamin D. The authors conclude that optimisation of vitamin D levels in FMS had a positive effect on the perception of pain, and that this economical therapy few side effects may well be considered in patients with FMS. However, further studies with larger patient numbers are needed to prove the hypothesis.