This week I spoke to doctors and nurses who run Pain Clinics. The obvious connection is Vertebral Fractures requiring Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty. If you only do the procedure, you have not solved the problem. You must treat the Osteoporosis too, preferably with the Anabolic, Forteo, if you want to avoid further fractures.
Vitamin D is the other connection. Successful treatment of chronic pain often requires enough Vitamin D3 to bring the 25-hydroxy Vitamin D level to at least 40ng/ml. This is not yet widely known. Not all clinics are testing for Vitamin D levels. They should be!
Several vitamins are crucial to nerve function and health. Lack of any of these vitamins can lead to neuropathy, neuralgia, fibromyalgia, poor balance, weakness, and depression. These vitamins are B1, B6, B12, Folate and Vitamin D.
I have “cured” 4 cases of presumed fibromyalgia by finding a very low vitamin D level and correcting it. I have improved nearly 100 other patients with chronic pain over the years. Many patients can increase activities and decrease other medications if Vitamin D levels are high enough.
Chronic pain? Take Control Naturally with Vitamins B1, B6, B12, Folate and D3. They can make a big difference.
Jay Ginther, MD