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Could a vitamin D deficiency be causing chronic headaches?

May 23rd, 2017

A research paper published on May 3, 2017 in the journal of head and face pain, managed a control study. They discovered significantly lower vitamin D levels in adults with chronic tension type headaches in comparison to those without the condition.

The study consisted of 100 men and women who suffer with headaches alongside 100 healthy participants. The examiners assessed muscle pain, weakness and bone tenderness. The candidate’s blood was also taken and analysed for serum 25- hydroxyvitamin D levels.

Additionally, with candidate’s who suffer from headaches, the average serum vitamin D levels were 14.7 ng/ml in contrast to the average 27.4 ng/ml in patients who do not have the condition. A vitamin D deficiency was discovered in 71% of participants who suffer headaches. The deficiency appeared more common in patients who experience pains daily. A small 6% of the headache candidates were seen to have normal vitamin D levels.  To compare, those who were discovered to be deficient in vitamin D were 17 times more likely to also suffer with chronic headaches.

The examiners concluded, “vitamin D deficiency closely mimics chronic tension type headaches” they also suggest the beginning of intervention studies to decide whether vitamin D supplementation is an effective form of therapy.

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