Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Tied to Balance Problems in Fibromyalgia Patients

Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Tied to Balance Problems in Fibromyalgia Patients
Patients with fibromyalgia (FM) who have low levels of vitamin D may have more problems in postural control and balance, a new study says. The study, titled “The Relationship Between Balance And Vitamin 25(OH)D In Fibromyalgia Patients,” was published in the journal Modern Rheumatology. Patients with FM, also referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), frequently complain of postural control and balance problems, and these musculoskeletal complications may lead to more falls. Previous studies have suggested that balance may be affected by low levels of vitamin D. According to this hypothesis, lack of vitamin D leads to muscle weakness, deficient bone mineralization and increased risk of falls. However, studies on vitamin D levels in FM patients have reported contradictory results, so the contribution of this molecule to the disease remains elusive. The objective of the study was to evaluate whether levels of vitamin D would be associated with pain and problems in balance and daily activities in FM patients. The study included 53 FM patients and 47 healthy individuals, with ages ranging from 35 to 65 years. Patients were examined using several measures, such as the Fibromyalgia Impact Scale (FIQ, measures the functional status), Berg Balance Scale (BBS measures the patient’s balance during certain activities), the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP measures the physical, emotional and social impact of the disease on the patient), and visual analog scale (VAS measures pain severity and fatigue). Patients then were divided into groups according to whether they presented b
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