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Chronic Tension-Type Headache, like other headaches, is associated with low vitamin D – May 2017

Vitamin D Deficiency in Patients With Chronic Tension-Type Headache: A Case-Control Study

Headache: Journal of Head and Face Pain, First published: 3 May 2017, DOI: 10.1111/head.13096

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Metal MigraineNo Migraine Ratio
Cadmium 0.36 ug0.09 ug 4X MORE if decrease
Iron0.97 ug0.48 ug2X MORE if decrease
Lead1.48 ug0.78 ug 2X MORE if decrease
Magnesium10.6 ug34.5 ug 3.5X LESS if increase
Zinc0.24 ug 5.77 ug 24X LESS if increase

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(Chronic tension headache may be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency May 2017


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Sanjay Prakash DM (Neurology), drprakashs at yahoo.co.in, Chaturbhuj Rathore DM (Neurology),
Prayag Makwana DM (Neurology), Ankit Dave DM (Neurology),
Hemant Joshi DM (Neurology),Haresh Parekh DM (Neurology)

Objective: To see the interrelation between chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) and serum vitamin D levels.

Background: Several studies have suggested an association between chronic pain and vitamin D deficiency. Anecdotal evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with tension-type headache and migraine.

Methods: This case-control study was carried out to examine the association between CTTH and serum 25-hydroxy vitamin (25(OH) D) levels. One hundred consecutive adult (>18 years) patients with CTTH and 100 matched healthy controls were enrolled.

Results: The serum 25(OH) D levels were significantly lower in CTTH patients than in the controls (14.7 vs 27.4 ng/mL).
The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency (serum 25 (OH) D < 20 ng/mL) was greater in patients with CTTH (71% vs 25%).
CTTH patients had a significantly high prevalence of

  • musculoskeletal pain (79% vs 57%),
  • muscle weakness (29% vs 10%),
  • muscle tenderness score (7.5 vs 1.9), and
  • bone tenderness score (3.0 vs 0.8) in comparison to controls.

CTTH patients with vitamin D deficient group (<20 ng/mL) had a higher prevalence of

  • musculoskeletal pain (58% vs 31%),
  • muscle weakness (38% vs 7%),
  • muscle and bone tenderness score,
  • associated fatigue (44% vs 17%) and
  • more prolonged course (15.5 months vs 11.2 months).

A strong positive correlation was noted between serum vitamin D levels and total muscle tenderness score (R2 = 0. 7365) and total bone tenderness score (R2 = 0. 6293).

Conclusion: Decreased serum 25(OHD) concentration was associated with CTTH. Intervention studies are required to find out if supplementation of vitamin D is effective in patients with CTTH.

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