Chronic pain is generally related to INFLAMMATION.
In order to reduce inflammation the body produces Vitamin D3 from dawn to dusk given exposure to sunlight (or tanning lamps) and from dusk to dawn our pineal glands produce MELATONIN. Improving the natural production of both or using supplements where outdoor full body sun exposure isn’t practicable may help reduce pain.
Vitamin D3 works best as a pain killer/anti inflammatory agent when 25(OH)D levels are kept at or above 125nmol/l or 50ng/ml that’s about DOUBLE the amount of vitamin D most people have at the end of summer and more than 3 times the amount we have in winter. Dr Ellen Mowry publshed a paper recently showing that for every 25nmol/l rise in Vitamin D levels those people had lower scores on the Expanded Disability Status Scale. Last year she reported that those same people also had fewer new lesions detectable on MRI scans. So not only does raising your vitamin d level reduce your sensitivity to pain it also reduces your level of disability and your chance of further lesions.
Most people will require in the region of 1000iu/daily/vitamin D3 for each 25lbs they weigh to get up to 125nmol/l. The UK NHS Birmingham path lab offer £25 postal vitamin D tests and the usual online suppliers offer a years supply of 5000iu caps/drops vitamin d3 around £12ish. So it’s easy to keep track of your vitamin D status and ensure it’s always at the level associated with least pain, disability, and progression.
If anyone wants links to the scientific evidence for any of the above I’m happy to supply it However as a post I made earlier has disappeared I won’t post links unless asked.