Vitamin D3 and Placebo Both Help Chronic Low Back Pain

Vitamin D3 and Placebo Both Help Chronic Low Back Pain

According to a new study in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, both vitamin D3 and placebo treatments improve chronic low back pain.

Researchers led by Mahnaz Sandoughi of the Zahedan University of Medical Sciences conducted a double blind randomized clinical trial with 53 patients between the ages of 18 and 40 years of age who suffer from non-specific chronic low back pain – one of the most common form of chronic low back pain.

The patients were divided into two randomized groups based on sex and weight.  One group (n=27) orally received a placebo while the other (n=26) received 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 for eight weeks.  The vast majority of patients were female (75.47%) and there was no statistical difference between the groups based on sex, age or weight.

Pain was measured using the visual analogue scale (VAS).

The mean VAS score for those taking vitamin D3 decreased from 5.42 to 3.03 (P=0.001) and the mean VAS score for those taking placebo decreased from 6.42 to 3.11 (P=0.001).

“According to our results, both vitamin D3 and placebo treatments improved CLBP and there was no significant difference between vitamin D3 and placebo groups,” the authors wrote.

Low back pain is categorized diagnostically as radiculopathy, specific and non-specific.  More than 90% of people with low back pain fall into the non-specific category.

According to the American Chiropractic Association,

  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives
  • 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time

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There are 7 comments for this article
  1. Christine Pohl at 9:43 pm

    I know when my pain level is though the roof (I have chronic pain daily) I know that my Vitamin D level is low. For some reason low Vitamin D is tangled in with chronic illness. Several of them.

  2. Art cinti oh at 3:21 am

    Question is we live in a supposed democracy where the people have a voice collectively instead of one voice which is the government imposing restrictions on something they know nothing about. Ive worked hand in hand e law enf folks and i can tell u first hand they know nothing about medicine pain meds but they blindly enforce laws that they dont know much about either. This goverment intrusion into doctor patient relationships has never occurred except under thr obama admin. How can the dea or any law enf just walk into a doctors office comb over all his records and harass him or her? This is government intrusion and goverment is using all of us as pawns to further theyre own agenda so do we sit here some you w cancer debalitating illnesses disease AND DO NOTHING? If you do not fight for what u feel is injust then thats why they get away w it and it will get worse before it gets better. Collectively organize POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

  3. Art cinti oh at 3:05 am

    Ha! That sounds so simple doesnt it NOT! In 24mos they have the worlds pain problems
    Its a war out here on opiate patients and u can thank the nazi dea folks screwing w doctors and ruining longstanding doctor patient relationships. I retired injured fr a law enf job and have relied on oxycodone 30mg x 6 day after losing 4 docs in 2yrs i now receive 2 10mg tabs day. I used to spend time w my daughter active in her life now im bedridden in pain contemplating the worst
    I did 15yrs on police dept and 6yrs military now i regret any service to this country as i have to listen to dea scared doctors say oh cmon have u tried physical therapy? Chirpractic? I now hate the same system and thjs government that i ruined my life defending. If i had little bit of pain relief id have a better quality of life but the fed policies say screw all of us… JOKE

  4. Laura lutz at 1:54 pm

    I agree Scott. Government is screwing with us to resolve a drug problem that doesn’t involve us. I am not euphoric after taking my Oxy, I can get out of bed and cook or wash. They need to go after criminals and leave us alone, now they’re throwing into the mix. It won’t work for me.

  5. Laura lutz at 1:49 pm

    Tens doesn’t help me. DDD, osteoarthritis, stenosis. I get epidurals and take Meloxicam and OxyContin whic is super constipating. If you have a professional unit maybe it’s ok. I have a small one, I think I threw it out. I resent the government screwing with meds.

  6. Jennifer at 7:22 am

    I have back pain from time to time. I used a tens unit and it helps me. I felt better after 2-3 days. I think it’s O.K.

  7. Scott michaels at 11:54 am

    another joke. please stop posting studies that come from bad sources. i dont lnow of many americans that want to trust the place that did the study. also most lower back pain is a pinched nerve of something else chronic. i have tried several goofy remedies. fteom vitamines to acupuncture, relaxation therapy and hypnosis. guess what works always??? yep got it. either a muscle.relaxer like robaxin or my opoioid pain medication. usually the robaxin works, but that mean i skip my pain medicine of a portion of the day. i never mix the 2 so i could stay alert. when my lower back hurts like it does today i must be careful because going even 8 hours without my “REAL MEDICINE” my neck and spine flare up so bad it takes a couple of days for theat pain to go away. being on pain medicine is not easy but for the last several years.it has worked. i just must be diligent.
    vitamine d or a placebo, what a joke.