Every few days, I hope to talk about the health impact of the 40 day challenge and explain some of the details of our challenge. Today we will focus on fibromyalgia and Vitamin D. A study was completed in Austria in 2014 and published in the journal of Pain with significant positive results treating pain associated with fibromylagia with patients taking oral Vitamin D.

The goal of the study was to achieve serum calcifediol levels between 32 and 48 ng/mL for 20 weeks via oral supplementation with cholecalciferol. Cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D3 and colecalciferol, is a type of vitamin D which is made by the skin when exposed to sunlight; it is also found in some foods and can be taken as a dietary supplement. The main hypothesis was that high levels of serum calcifediol should result in a reduction of pain.   Currently, levels of 40 to 60ng/mL (100 to 150nmol/L) are recommended for the prevention of colorectal cancer or breast cancer. Results of the study:  They saw a marked reduction in pain over the treatment period.

Note our treatment period is only 40 days. This study took place over 20 weeks. However, if you are seeing results, keep going. Let your doctor know that you have started this regiment. Have them check your levels of Vit D and calcium levels. Our challenge has you taking 2400 IU of Vit D per day, the same as the study in Austria. The Institute of Medicine (United States) recommends for healthy persons a daily oral cholecalciferol intake from 400IU to a permitted maximal daily dose of 4000IU So we are well below the maximum.

Just a note, if you follow Hope For Pain, an organization founded to help those that suffer with all types of pain, there was a study published in Journal of Clincal Rheujmatology in 2008 studying Vitamin D and degenerative types of pain. This study found that musculoskeletal pain did not improve by treatment with vitamin D. Therefore we can assume musculosketletal pain is very different than pain associated with fibromyalgia pain, and comparing these two studies shows this to be true.

Our verses for today remind us that each person is different, each disease affects every body differently, and God knows every bone in our body. We are all perfectly and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139:14-16 The Message (MSG)

13-1Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

Attached are scientific references to the above study and others.

,Effects of vitamin D on patients with fibromyalgia syndrome: A randomized placebo-controlled trial , Wepner, Florian; Scheuer, Raphael; Schuetz-Wieser, Birgit;  Pain. 155(2):261-268, February 2014.

Abokrysha NT, Vitamin D. Deficiency in women with fibromyalgia in Saudi Arabia. Pain Med 2012;13:452-458.

 Armstrong DJ, Meenagh GK, Bickle I, Lee AS, Curran ES, Finch MB. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with anxiety and depression in fibromyalgia. Clin Rheumatol 2007;26:551-554.

 Warner AE, Arnspiger SA. Diffuse musculoskeletal pain is not associated with low vitamin D levels or improved by treatment with vitamin D. J Clin Rheumatol 2008;14:12-16.