Vitamin D supplements can improve nonspecific musculoskeletal pain in non-Western immigrants, according to research from The Netherlands.Dr. Schreuder and colleagues investigated the effects of high-dose vitamin D supplementation on nonspecific musculoskeletal symptoms in 79 non-Western immigrants (mainly from the Middle East, Turkey, northern Africa, and Somalia).
Patients were initially randomized to vitamin D or placebo. After six weeks, those initially randomized to vitamin D were randomized to another dose of vitamin D or placebo and those initially randomized to placebo all received high-dose vitamin D.
After the first six weeks, significantly more patients in the treatment group reported improvement in pain (34.9% vs 19.5%; p=0.04).
Also at six weeks, significantly more patients in the vitamin D group reported improvement in their ability to walk stairs ( 21.0% vs 8.4%; p=0.008).
Ann Fam Med 2012;10:547-555