Vitamin D receptors are in every cell of our body. Over 80 metabolic processes are dependent on it.
Inadequate Vitamin D levels will lead to musculoskeletal pain, which would in most cases, mislead opiate dependent patients into raising opiate dosages. It may also lead doctors into a false diagnostic on any patient with general unspecific pain.
Opiate Dependent patients are more likely to develop Vitamin deficiency due to low digestive absorption and poor nutrition.
Opiate dependent patients should have vitamin levels checked along with other general assessments several times a year.
Assessment and treatment are relatively simple and inexpensive.
Under the guidance of a physician, an appropriate replenishment regimen can then be devised. Because it is a natural substance and not a drug, Vitamin D is readily available and inexpensive for patients. I’ve included a chart below for patients who prefer to receive their Vitamin D levels from the foods they eat as this is also an effective way to supplement their Vitamin D intake.
In addition to the benefits of strong muscles and bones, Vitamin D plays an important role in the immune system, helping to fight inflammation and some types of cancer.
I, myself, have treated several patients with a false diagnosis of Fibromyalgia due to “chronic pain” as a result of inadequate vitamin D levels.
If you suffer from chronic pain or if you are dependent on opiate medication, I strongly recommend that you check your vitamin D levels.
It might help you in more ways then one.