Fibromyalgia, one of the most common joint and muscle diseases, oppressive Millions of Americans is characterized widespread musculoskeletal pain, often accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue. The medical profession used to think it was all in people’s minds, “but today there is irrefutable evidence” that it was indeed a disorder of the body, not just the mind.
As early as 2003 was an influential paper released From the Mayo Clinic, where a shocking 93 percent of fibromyalgia-type patients were vitamin D deficient, researchers concluded that all of these patients are at high risk of severe vitamin D deficiency. Wait a minute, said the skeptics. There was no control group and where is the Mayo Clinic? Minnesota. Perhaps 90 percent of the people in Minnesota are deficient in vitamin D.
Indeed, when controlled studies were done, some did Find that those who suffer from such pain syndromes are significantly more likely to be D deficient, but other studies are not Find This. Even if all studies got the same results, it doesn’t mean that low levels of vitamin D cause fibromyalgia. Possibly chronic, widespread pain disorders like fibromyalgia root cause little vitamin D. After all, it’s the sun vitamin, and fibromyalgia patients may not be outside as often as healthy controls. To know if vitamin D is contributing to the disease, you need to test it.
Various studies found that the majority of patients with pain syndromes and low D levels appeared to benefit from vitamin D supplementation and the clinical improvement was obviously in up to 90 percent of patients. But these studies were not controlled either. Perhaps the subjects would have gotten better on their own without the supplements, or perhaps it was the placebo effect. There are many examples in the medical literature of treatments that looked great in uncontrolled trials, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy for multiple sclerosis, but when tested in randomized controlled trials, they are failed miserably.
And that was exactly what it seemed to be happen in the first randomized controlled trial of vitamin D for fibromyalgia syndrome in 2008. As you can see in my video at 2:55 am The best supplement for fibromyalgiaThe researchers didn’t see a significant difference in pain scores, even though the study only lasted three months and during that time treatment was only able to bring blood vitamin D levels to around 30. Unfortunately, no controlled study has ever been conducted, pushing the levels further up until 2014. As you can see at 3:23 in mine Video, Fibromyalgia patients given Up to 2400 units of vitamin D per day for 20 weeks and their D levels rose to about 50. After they stopped taking the vitamin D, their levels dropped back to the placebo. This was reflected in their pain scores: a significant drop in pain severity while on the D, and then back to baseline when they broke away. The researchers concluded that this is economical [in fact, over-the-counter] For patients with FMS, therapy with a low side effect profile can be considered [fibromyalgia syndrome]. ”
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