Low level of Vitamin D might cause Headache and Migraine

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If you constantly experience headache or migraine, you might like to check your level of vitamin D level.  A presentation at the 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS) suggested patients with headache and migraine have low level of vitamin D levels. 

In his presentation, Dr. Krusz measured serum vitamin D levels in 100 patients.  About half of these patients had new migraine or headache (n = 55) and the remaining patients had chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia, rheumatic, and neuropathic pain disorders (n = 45). 

The average vitamin D level in patients with predominantly headache and migraine was 26.3 ng/mL. This level was much lower than the vitamin D level of 50.0 ng/ml recommended by the Vitamin D council.

The results of this study add to the current evidence that Vitamin D has beneficial effects to our central nervous system (CNS).

Vitamin D deficiency is more common among people with dark skin, elderly individuals, and those who avoid the sun.  However, vitamin D hypersensitivity can occur in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and occult cancers.  In those situations, treatment of vitamin D deficiency should be done under the care of a physician.

Source: American Headache Society (AHS) 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting: Poster 51. Presented June 26, 2010

Vitamin D council.  http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

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