Quick Tip: Vitamin D can help you manage chronic pain

VitaminDFlowChartGraphicVitamin D plays a role in managing musculoskeletal pain caused by spinal injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. It’s common for people who live with chronic pain to have a vitamin D deficiency. If you suspect you may be deficient, it is easy to add vitamin D foods to your diet.

You should also plan a little time in the sun each day. Your body is able to produce its own vitamin D3 when your skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. More specifically, it is ultraviolet (UVB) radiation—which is beneficial to your health in appropriate amounts. When UVB rays touch your skin it promotes a chemical reaction. This process is the conversion of prohormones in the skin into vitamin D. Incidentally, applying sunscreen will prevent this natural and healthy process from happening effectively.  If you are worried about how much time you can spend in the sun there are many resources available online for calculating safe amounts of time, based on lattitudes and seasons.

You can also ask you doctor to check your levels of vitamin D and to recommend vitamin D supplements as part of a treatment plan, if necessary.

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