Navigation Links
Mayo Clinic Study Suggests Those Who Have Chronic Pain May Need to Assess Vitamin D Status
Date:3/20/2009

ROCHESTER, Minn., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- Mayo Clinic research shows a correlation between inadequate vitamin D levels and the amount of narcotic medication taken by patients who have chronic pain. This correlation is an important finding as researchers discover new ways to treat chronic pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States. These patients often end up taking narcotic-type pain medication such as morphine, fentanyl or oxycodone.

This study found that patients who required narcotic pain medication, and who also had inadequate levels of vitamin D, were taking much higher doses of pain medication -- nearly twice as much -- as those who had adequate levels. Similarly, these patients self-reported worse physical functioning and worse overall health perception. In addition, a correlation was noted between increasing body mass index (a measure of obesity) and decreasing levels of vitamin D. Study results were published in a recent edition of Pain Medicine.

"This is an important finding as we continue to investigate the causes of chronic pain," says Michael Turner, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study. "Vitamin D is known to promote both bone and muscle strength. Conversely, deficiency is an under-recognized source of diffuse pain and impaired neuromuscular functioning. By recognizing it, physicians can significantly improve their patients' pain, function and quality of life."

Researchers retrospectively studied 267 chronic pain patients admitted to the Mayo Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center in Rochester from February to December 2006. Vitamin D levels at the time of admission were compared to other parameters such as the amount and duration of narcotic pain medication usage; self-reported levels of pain, emotional distress, physical functioning and health perception; and demographic information such as gender, age, diagnosis and body mass index.

Further research should document the effects of correcting deficient levels among these patients, researchers recommend.

This study has important implications for both chronic pain patients and physicians. "Though preliminary, these results suggest that patients who suffer from chronic, diffuse pain and are on narcotics should consider getting their vitamin D levels checked. Inadequate levels may play a role in creating or sustaining their pain," says Dr. Turner.

"Physicians who care for patients with chronic, diffuse pain that seems musculoskeletal -- and involves many areas of tenderness to palpation -- should strongly consider checking a vitamin D level," he says. "For example, many patients who have been labeled with fibromyalgia are, in fact, suffering from symptomatic vitamin D inadequacy. Vigilance is especially required when risk factors are present such as obesity, darker pigmented skin or limited exposure to sunlight."

Assessment and treatment are relatively simple and inexpensive. Levels can be assessed by a simple blood test (25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]). Under the guidance of a physician, an appropriate repletion regimen can then be devised. Because it is a natural substance and not a drug, vitamin D is readily available and inexpensive.

In addition to the benefits of strong muscles and bones, emerging research demonstrates that vitamin D plays important roles in the immune system, helps fight inflammation and helps fights certain types of cancer.

Other study authors from Mayo Clinic include W. Michael Hooten, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology; John Schmidt, Ph.D., Department of Anesthesiology Research; and Jennifer Kerkvliet, Cynthia O. Townsend, Ph.D., and Barbara Bruce, Ph.D., all from the Pain Rehabilitation Center.

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first." More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers and 46,000 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Collectively, the three locations treat more than half a million people each year. To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to www.mayoclinic.org/news. MayoClinic.com (www.mayoclinic.com) is available as a resource for your health stories. For more on Mayo Clinic research, go to www.mayo.edu.

VIDEO ALERT: Additional audio and video resources, including excerpts from an interview with Dr. Turner describing the research, are available on the Mayo Clinic News Blog.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Mayo Clinic
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mayo Clinic study suggests those who have chronic pain may need to assess vitamin D status
2. Latest Osteoporosis Research Translated for Health Professionals to Use in Clinical Setting
3. Former Merck Executive Joins Board of Clinical Information Network, Inc.
4. Cleveland Clinic First To Perform Nephrectomy Completely Transvaginally
5. New Clinical Study News for Treatment of Sinusitis - Sinus Infection and Allergy Suffers Now Have a New Effective Form of Relief through Sinus Dynamics
6. Conflicts of interest in clinical research
7. Smart Phones to be used by assisTek to Collect Patient-Reported Outcomes in a Large Multinational Clinical Trial
8. Clinical Data from Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey Helped in Final Determination of 2008's Top Plastic Surgery Procedures
9. Renaissance Laser and Vein Clinic (laserandveinclinic.com) Provides Clients with Affordable Varicose Vein Removal Treatment
10. EAU launches new clinical guidelines for 2009 -- kidney cancer
11. Patient Infection Rates Controlled by Unique Program at Outpatient Cancer Clinic
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... Dr. Peyman Ghasri, skin doctor ... variety of comprehensive procedures for facial enhancement. The treatments now available at Castle ... and nasal reshaping. , As a result, patients can improve virtually every ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Ongoing news of the ravages of ... (ALCA) to conduct a survey that takes a closer look at cases of TBI ... prevalence and causes of TBI among the aging population, and identifies the challenges associated ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... advisory organization, welcomes S.S. Nesbitt as the latest addition to its growing list ... seven other locations throughout the Southeast, from Orlando to Huntsville and in between. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a leading medical technology ... quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015 on Monday, February 29, 2016 after ... the investment community following the release at 4:30 PM ET. Investors interested in participating ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... AHRA: The Association for Medical ... Jan Fox will serve as keynote speaker at the organization’s 2016 Spring Conference. ... to more effectively communicate with their own organizational staff and leadership. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (NASDAQ: VNDA ... fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015. ... was a transformational year for Vanda with the continued ... market approval of HETLIOZ for Non-24," said Mihael H. ... Fanapt to our U.S. product portfolio builds on this ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... -- --> --> ... Spectroscopy Market by Industry (Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Water ... & Mining, and Others), And Geography - Global Forecast ... expected to grow to USD 3.9 Billion by 2020, ... 2020. Browse 82 market data Tables and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 10, 2016  Resolve Therapeutics, LLC, a ... approaches to the treatment of lupus and Sjogrens ... multiple ascending dose study in patients with systemic ... --> --> ... ascending dose study of RSLV-132 in 32 subjects ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: