Vitamin D deficiency amplifies chronic pain, according to a recent US study published in Pain Medicine , which found a correlation between inadequate levels of vitamin D and the amount of narcotic drug (such as morphine, fentanyl or oxycodone) taken by people with chronic pain.
Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized cause of chronic diffuse pain and neuromuscular dysfunction, the authors say. It would be important for vitamin D levels to be checked in people with chronic pain, according to Dr. Turner. For example, he says, many people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia actually suffer from symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.
It is even more important to check the vitamin D level if there are factors often linked to a deficiency such as obesity, dark skin pigmentation or limited exposure to sunlight, he adds.