The virtues of vitamin D just keep on coming in! We are finding that this poor and forgotten vitamin is actually a major player in our bodies, and not just for good bone health. The more we study vitamin D, the more we learn of its incredible anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties. The latest information tells us that high dose vitamin D is effective at combating joint pain suffered by women who have breast cancer and are taking a class of drugs called "aromatase inhibitors". Aromatase inhibitors can cause musculoskeletal pain, and 30,000 IU's (international units) of vitamin D3 weekly was effective in reducing their pain.
We already have much convincing evidence that vitamin D is a potent central nervous system anti-inflammatory and I recommend it to all my chronic pain and migraine patients. But be careful, many vitamin D preparations are not fully absorbed by the gut and you want the most bang for your buck. I recommend nutrametrix vitamin D3, which is a powder that when mixed with water is isotonic and fully absorbed first thing in the morning. It comes as 5000 IU's per dose and that should be taken daily. You can order a one month or three month supply here.