Vitamin D & Pain
An Alternative to Opiate Treatment
Vitamin D receptors are in every cell of our body; over 80 metabolic processes are dependent on it.
Inadequate Vitamin D levels will lead to musculoskeletal pain, which would in most cases, mislead opiate dependent patients into raising opiate dosages. It may also lead doctors into false diagnostic on any patient with general unspecific pain.
Opiate Dependent patients are more likely to develop Vitamin deficiency due to low digest absorption and poor nutrition.
Opiate dependent patients should have vitamin screen levels checked along with other general assessment, several times a year.
Assessment and treatment are relatively simple and inexpensive.
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 for patients. I’ve included a chart below for patients who prefer to receive their Vitamin D levels from the foods they eat – this is also an effective way to supplement.
In addition to the benefits of strong muscles and bones, Vitamin D plays important roles in the immune system, helping to fight inflammation and certain types of cancer.
I, myself, have treated several patients with a false diagnosis of Fibromyalgia due to “chronic pain” as a result from inadequate vitamin D levels.
If you suffer from chronic pain or if you are dependent on opiate medication, I strongly recommend that you check your vitamin D levels.
It might help you in more ways then one.