Chronic Pain: Does Vitamin D Help? (cont.)

"Considering that establishing the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of vitamin D in chronic painful conditions is a clinically important question, there is rather little high-quality evidence on this topic," Straube says. "At present, we do not think the evidence in this area is of sufficient quality to guide clinical practice. There clearly is a need for more and better studies in the future."

If you have severe vitamin D deficiency, any efforts to boost your D levels should be done by consulting with your doctor. Too much vitamin D can be dangerous and lead to an excess accumulation of calcium in your blood, which can lead to kidney stones.

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Greg Plotnikoff, MD, senior consultant, Allina Center for Health Care Innovations, Minneapolis.

Sebastian Straube, PhD, Department of Occupational and Social Medicine, University of Göttingen, Germany.

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Reviewed on May 25, 2010

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