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Study: Vitamin D improves pain, sleep, and quality of life in chronic pain patients

Posted on: June 30, 2012   by  Kate Saley


Researchers from Emory University School of Medicine report in a recent study that after supplementing with vitamin D, chronic pain patients reported improvements in pain, lack of sleep, and quality of life.

Huang W, Shah S, Long Q, Crankshaw AK, Tangpricha V. Improvement of pain, sleep and quality of life in chronic pain patients with vitamin D supplementation. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2012 June 13. [Epub ahead of print]

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5 Responses to Study: Vitamin D improves pain, sleep, and quality of life in chronic pain patients

  1. mhaddad02

    I can attest this is absolutely true. My levels were tested and found to be 14. I started on 2,000 for a week, then increased amount to 4,000 IU daily of D3. I have personally after 3 weeks now, have had a significant improvement in movement, pain went from an 8 to 4 or 5 (which I noticed is worse when I don’t get sun on that particular day), and I have less swelling in my wrists, feet and ankles. My reading is to be done again in another week. So I am interested in my progress vs. levels. I can actually clean my house without feeling like a train ran over me. I’ve been suffering for just over 2 years. This realization has changed my daily life, I wish I had found out sooner!

  2. mhaddad02

    BTW… havent’ noticed any difference in sleep. However I must be getting a better sleep, as I have found I am more alert and active first thing in the morning. I have never been a morning person, ever.

  3. [email protected]

    This study nicely complements the scores of other studies showing reduction of all kinds of pain with vitamin D. Perhaps vitamin D should be taken while waiting months for medical care in such countries as Canada

  4. chrisb

    I can testify to these findings wholeheartedly. From the Autumn of 2010 I had chronic (and I mean chronic) back pain between my shoulder blades, coupled with an all over bodily neuropathy, plus found it very difficult to walk. This prevented me from sleeping for 3 whole months despite extremely strong painkillers from my GP. I had a chest x-ray, MRI scan and CT scan, but nothing could be found. I saw three specialists: an orthopaedic surgeon, a Neurologist and had Chiropractor treatment in vain. I was told that I would just have to live with the condition, but after supplementing with Vitamin D3 of 8000ius per day, the pain subsided within about 4 weeks on a gradual basis, and permanently gone by two months. I was able to return to work and have lived a normal life ever since. Thank God for the Vitamin D Council and other sources that are publicising information about Vitamin D.

  5. [email protected]

    About six years ago when vitamin D deficiency was relatively unheard of, I grew very tired of chronic pain. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia twice but all my doctor could offer me was Lyrica, a drug that I was unwilling to take due to awful side effects. Then I read a tiny article in the newspaper linking fibro to D-deficiency. I began taking1,000IU. About three weeks later, I awoke feeling like a million bucks. It took me a minute to realize I had NO pain! I have been a dedicated “fan” ever since. I no longer have the pain-depression syndrome and have not had a single cold or virus. I increased my dosage early on and am now taking 5,000 iu three days a week. I love reading Pub Med research studies and give thanks to God every day for the researchers who work on this very important “miracle”.

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