The correlation between increased levels of Vitamin D in the body and decreased feelings of chronic pain is becoming a common topic of discussion in the medical field. Many may not realize that Vitamin D is a hormone, by definition, as it is produced in one place (the skin) and acts at other spots in the body. Vitamin D is mainly synthesized in the skin using energy from ultraviolet-B light. Higher levels of Vitamin D can be found in individuals who take supplements, or consume foods fortified with the Vitamin.
Vitamin D has been linked to a variety of bodily processes such as a healthy skeleton and immune system. Additionally, the vitamin has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects by reducing the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and suppressing T-cell responses. When Vitamin D levels were increased in patients with low levels of Vitamin D who exhibit chronic pain, the patient’s pain levels decreased.
Increased levels of Vitamin D on their own are not known to decrease pain levels across all individuals. However the positive effects are something we are exploring at Central Valley Pain Management. The health and happiness of our clients is a top priority for our physicians and staff. If you have additional questions about the effects of Vitamin D outlined above, or other methods to treat chronic pain, please reach out to our office.