|FIBROMYALGIA & VITAMIN D|
Rheumatology June 2009
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread muscle pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons. It also includes fatigue and multiple hot points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. In the past, fibromyalgia was known by other names such as fibrositis and chronic muscle pain syndrome.
Studies on vitamin D continue to show a direct association with chronic pain, poor immune function, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. These symptoms are all associated with fibromyalgia.
This study in the journal Rheumatology shows that 62 of 75 fibromyalgia study participants were low in vitamin D. The subjects who were low in vitamin D reported more pain, depression, and fatigue.
According to the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Dec. 2003), vitamin D deficiency is one possible cause of persistent and vague musculoskeletal pain.
A University of Minnesota study of 150 children and adults suffering with vague musculoskeletal pain found that 93% were deficient in vitamin D. The worst vitamin D deficiencies were found in women of childbearing age.
It is simple and easy to get a Vitamin D test if you have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. It may make a big difference.