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Persistent Muscle Pain Might Be Related to Vitamin D Deficiency

The Mayo Clinic today reports that people with persistent, non-specific musculoskeletal pain, the most common pain seen by doctors, should be screened regularly for vitamin D deficiency. This is particularly important as unsuccessfully treated pain costs more than $60 billion per year. A study of 150 children and adults at the University of Minnesota found that 100 percent of African-American, East African, Hispanic, and Native American subjects were vitamin D deficient. These findings are remarkably different than what is taught is medical school. We would expect vitamin D deficiency in older people or housebound people. Please read my article on vitamin D testing for more details.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings December 2003;78(12):1463-70

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