Low 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Myofascial Pain: Association of Cancer, Colon Polyps, and Tendon Rupture

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Low 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Myofascial Pain: Association of Cancer, Colon Polyps, and Tendon Rupture
Key Take-Away: 

Chronic pain is directly associated with vitamin D deficiency. Myofascial pain is one of such pain category. This pain is further associated with cancer progression. This study evaluated the association of vitamin D deficiency with cancer prevalence.

Myofascial pain that has been associated with cancer and increased risk of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients is intrinsically associated with low magnesium and low 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D). 

ABSTRACT: 
Background: 

Myofascial pain that has been associated with cancer and increased risk of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients is intrinsically associated with low magnesium and low 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D).

Therefore, this physical finding was used as a clinical diagnostic proxy. The objective of this study was to assess the association and prevalence of disease in individuals with myofascial pain and low 25(OH)D in a county with low magnesium in the drinking water.

Methods: 

This is a retrospective cross-sectional study of a chart review of 269 subjects to assess subjects presenting with

myofascial pain (assessed by tender trigger points) and 25(OH)D concentrations below 30 ng/mL or a history of 25(OH)D deficiency compared to those without these exposures.

Results: 

The association between the exposure of low 25(OH)D levels and the myofascial pain was compared to all cancers, colon polyps, and tendon ruptures.

The odds of having cancer with the combined exposures was 10.14 times the odds of not having either exposure (95% confidence interval [CI], 5.08, 20.25, p < 0.001). For adenomatous colon polyps, the odds ratio (OR) was 7.24 (95% CI, 3.83, 13.69, p < 0.001), and for tendon rupture, the OR was 8.65 (95% CI, 3.76, 19.94, p < 0.001). Of 80 subjects who had both myofascial pain and 25(OH)D less than 30 ng/mL, 74 were tested for red blood cell (RBC) magnesium. Half of those subjects had RBC magnesium concentrations < 4.6 mg/dL, and 23% had levels below the reference range (4.0-6.4 mg/dL).

 

Conclusion: 

Myofascial pain as assessed by tender trigger points and 25(OH)D deficiency showed a significant association with cancer, adenomatous colon polyps, and tendon rupture. Further studies to verify these results are needed, especially in areas where there is low magnesium in the drinking water.

 

Source:

J Am Coll Nutr. 2017 Jul 6:1-7. doi: 10

Link to the source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28682182

The original title of the article:

Low 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Myofascial Pain: Association of Cancer, Colon Polyps, and Tendon Rupture

Authors:

Hightower JM et al.

Exploratory, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, Myofascial Pain, Muscles, Prehormones, Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study, Tender Trigger Points
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