There are studies and websites that look at the fibromyalgia and vitamin d connection. There is an important consideration relating to vitamin D and fibromyalgia that are overlooked. If you do not know what you do not know, you could get into trouble. Get it right, and you will realize the fibromyalgia and vitamin D benefits.
Fibromyalgia is multifactorial, defined by numerous criteria yet having no obvious cause. Traditional medical treatments often fail to improve the health for most. Many have success treating the symptoms with diet and supplements.
In our experience treating fibromyalgia, there is a commonality. Most people who have it are in a state of fluid and electrolyte imbalance. More importantly, they respond well to increase in water and unprocessed salt dissolved in the mouth.
The studies only explain part of the big picture. Why?
The Five Blind Scientists analogy will best explain why more than just one study is needed.
The essence: the five blind scientist each had their own description of an elephant. The reality of what an elephant really looked like was not realized since they did not each put together their findings.
Keeping the five scientists analogy in mind, it should also be noted that there are studies that show vitamin D is associated with reducing fractures related to osteoporosis and that it helps with depression. Actually, numerous diseases and conditions are associated with vitamin D deficiency.
As you consider this, it is important to note that this is not saying fibromyalgia is caused from vitamin D deficiency. Likewise, this is not to be taken that vitamin D will cure or bring an end to fibromyalgia.
It may help or may provide a curative benefit when used in conjunction with other co-factors. It is only one part of the overall fibromyalgia and vitamin D picture.
In fact, there are no clinical trials showing that taking supplements to raise their vitamin D levels can lower the risk of any of these illnesses. This is due to, in part, the amount of vitamin D that is supplemented. Literature is now pointing to the need for at least 1000 to 2000 units daily. Some doctors have dosed far higher amounts. More than 2000 units for an adult should not be done unless under doctor supervision.
Note: It used to be said you can overdose on vitamin D (Along with K, A, and E). The overdose results in what was called vitamin D toxicity. Current thinking is that rather than toxicity, there is a greater risk of vitamin D hypersensitivity syndrome.
Hypersensitivity syndrome can cause primary hyperparathyroidism, occult cancers (especially lymphoma), or granulomatous disease (especially sarcoidosis). If you have these, you should seek the care of a knowledgeable physician physician for managing the increase.
Literature suggests that vitamin D is safe when used in doses equivalent to what we naturally should take in under optimal conditions.
This could be as high as (including sun, dietary and supplement sources) 4,000 to 5,000 IU per day.
More importantly, there are studies that show low levels of vitamin D are associated with chronic pain, poor immune function, anxiety and fatigue. These are symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.
There are also studies looking at treatment of patients with fibromyalgia using nonpharmacological methods. One paper, A new nonpharmacological method in fibromyalgia: the use of wool... showed such an alternative treatment that is effective.
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Some studies suggest that vitamin D deficiency is associated with fibromyalgia.
Vitamin D metabolites as clinical markers in autoimmune and chronic disease... linked the vitamin D deficiency with a number of chronic autoimmune conditions. Associations include multiple sclerosis, lupus, and psoriasis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, metabolic syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Vitamin D is also associated with brain detoxification of heavy metals like mercury. Deficiency has also been linked to asthma and type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Also Scientific documentation of the relationship of vitamin D deficiency and the development of cancer. points to a relationship with cancer and decreased vitamin D levels or inadequate intake of vitamin D. These include breast, colorectal, prostate, ovarian and multiple myeloma.
Vitamin D deficiency is considered to be one of the possible causes of persistent vague muscle pain.
Many doctors who treat fibromyalgia patients find low vitamin D levels in nearly all these patients.
So, why the fibromyalgia and vitamin D levels below adequate levels?
First understand that there is no one size fits all treatment. This is because vitamin D is not really a vitamin. Rather, it is a steroid like hormone.
Our bodies make vitamin D when we are exposed to sun light. Popular opinion is that if we live in the Northern third of the US, do not get enough sun or have other factors, we will not have enough vitamin D in our bodies. The fact is, even those with good sun exposure could (and sometimes do) have low vitamin D levels.
As we get older (over 40) or if we have dark skin or have a dark tan, we make even less vitamin D.
It has been suggested that summer time sun exposure of 15 minutes on face and arms daily should be enough. The problem is there are cofactors that make this impossible to be a one time limit fits all formula. Excessive use of sunscreen could also limit the production of vitamin D. Those sensitive to the sun for various reasons need to discuss the options with their doctors. A little sun with out sunscreen may be more beneficial than the risk.
One study found that in the winter months in latitudes greater than 40 degrees latitude in winter decreases vitamin D production by 10 to 100%. That means possibly no vitamin D production.
The best source is midday sunshine on exposed skin allowing your body to make its own.
Next would be the UVB rays in tanning beds.
In foods and supplements, the best form of vitamin D is known as Vitamin D3. The regular vitamin D as is found in milk is ineffective in adults. Opt for the D3.
Fish oil that also has vitamin A can be dangerous. If the ratio is off, you could get toxic levels of A. Some have found that taking fish oil with high vitamin A levels actually made them fatigued.
Some may be sensitive to as little as 400 units of vitamin D. Exceeding more than 2000 units for adults (the governments max safe dose).
If you experience sensitivity to a low dose, it can also be signs of sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, or lymphoma. These need to be diagnosed and treated by a medical doctor. The chance of this is rare but real.
Fish oil or fish oil capsules can cause an allergenic reaction. Also, they may have dangerous levels of vitamin A.
Fibromyalgia and Vitamin Vitamin D Food Sources
Fish Liver Oils
Fish oil capsules (may have dangerously high levels of vitamin A)
Fatty saltwater fish
The amounts of vitamin D each of these provide are minimal. An egg yolk only provides 20 IU of vitamin D3. Current doses are close to 2000 IU.
Vitamin D is a precursor of glutathione. Fibromyalgia is one of the many low CG syndrome conditions. Boosting glutathione has brought relief for many.
Putting the pieces together, the elephant in the room may simply be boosting your glutathione.
When it comes to the fibromyalgia and vitamin D solution, supplements are most likely the best way to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. If you add boosting glutathione levels along with the cofactors, you will have a win-win chance of finding success in treating fibromyalgia.
More info on fibromyalgia and vitamin D will be posted here as we continue to research this topic.
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