Fibromyalgia has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and can even result in loss of employment. It is a painful condition that can also cause persistent pain, fatigue, loss of sleep, reduced concentration and depression.
That is why vitamin D is essential to those suffering from this condition. Recent documented research in the Pain Journal showed that supplementing with vitamin D would help those suffering significantly.
The study stated: “Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) typically have widespread chronic pain and fatigue. For those with low vitamin D levels, vitamin D supplements can reduce pain and may be a cost-effective alternative or adjunct to other treatment, say researchers in the current issue of PAIN®.”
Speaking of vitamin D…
Many, if not most of us living in the beautiful, albeit gray in the winter, Pacific NW should have our vitamin D levels checked. Not only can low vitamin D levels increase muscle pain, it can limit our immune functions (seasonal flu, anyone?), slow down calcium absorption into the bones, and change our body’s ability to create many hormones.
Talk to your doctor about a simple blood test to check your levels. I am happy to announce that I have contracted with a local labratory and can provide the paperwork you need. The Lab will be able to bill most insuance companies.
If you need supplementation, make sure you are using a high quality one, coming from a natural (versus synthetic) source. Even better, ask if it has the needed cofactors to make the supplement the most effective it can be.