Q. For people who have general joint pain, and no specific diagnosis of arthritis, consider telling them to take vitamin D. Many more people are deficient than is generally believed, and one symptom is bone or joint pain. When I discovered this, I was able to relieve all the discomfort I had been experiencing.
A. Researchers have established that low levels of vitamin D are associated with bone and muscle pain. There’s not much data demonstrating that taking vitamin D relieves joint pain, but one small study suggested that correcting vitamin D deficiency diminishes discomfort (BMC Family Practice, Jan. 23, 2006).