Back pain often seems to respond to increased intakes of vitamin D. An excellent in-depth 50 page report entitled “Vitamin D – A Neglected Analgesic for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain”, authored by Stewart B. Leavitt MA, PhD supplies the necessary documentation and details about this approach.
“… it appears that soothing the daily musculoskeletal aches and pains plaguing many patients may be as simple, well tolerated, and economical as taking a daily supplement of vitamin D. Experts have recommended that vitamin D inadequacy should be considered in the differential diagnosis of all patients with bone or joint pain, myalgia, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome [Shinchuk and Holick 2007]. However, this seems to be unknown or overlooked by many healthcare providers… “
“In 22 clinical investigations reviewed for this report which included a total of 3670 patients with musculo-skeletal pain – significant vitamin D inadequacies were found in 48% to 100% of the subjects. When supplementation was provided for improving vitamin D status, pain and/or muscle weakness were resolved or at least subsided in most cases, and there were associated improvements in physical functioning.”
The full Vitamin D report can be found at the Pain-Topics.org website, linked here: http://updates.pain-topics.org/search/label/vitamin D
I would also recommend that one would add aggressive Omega 3 supplementation, even 10 Gms per day. More on that later, but Barry Sears, MD, PhD gave some exciting recommendations on lowering chronic inflammation with aggressive doses of Omega 3 at the Anti Aging Conference London 2013 that I also participated in this past September.
Dr. Joe Maroon MD, head of Neurosurgery at University of Pittsburg, has also lectured widely on pain syndromes that amazingly respond to doses as high as 10 GM of Omega 3. “Omega-3 EFAs A better choice for pain relief” http://www.canadianchiropractor.ca/content/view/1787/136/
Garry F. Gordon MD,DO,MD(H)
President, Gordon Research Institute