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New research shows a correlation between low vitamin D levels and the amount of opioid medication taken by patients who have chronic pain

This Mayo Clinic study found that patients who required opioid 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 of vitamin D. These patients also reported worse physical functioning and worse overall health. Vitamin D deficiency may play a role in creating and sustaining pain. By testing for levels of vitamin D, physicians may be able to significantly improve their patients' pain, function, and quality of life. Turner MK, Hooten WM, Schmidt JE, et al. Prevalence and clinical correlates of vitamin D inadequacy among patients with chronic pain. Pain Med. 2008; 9(8):979-84.



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