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Myalgias or non-specific muscle pain in Arab or Indo-Pakistani patients may indicate vitamin D deficiency

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Abstract: The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency (<20 ng/dl) among patients with fibromyalgia or muscle pain in a musculoskeletal clinic in the United Arab Emirates. Consecutive patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia and/or nonspecific musculoskeletal pain (ICD-9 729.1) were screened for vitamin D deficiency. Patients were seen at follow-up after treatment with vitamin D was given. Improvement was assessed by a simple questionnaire. Patients (139) with muscle pain were seen in 2007. Average age was 40±year; 95% were female; 69 (49%) were Arab, of whom 92% were veiled; 43 (30%) Indian of whom 11% were veiled; 23 (16%) were Caucasian; and four were East Asian (3%) and all wore western clothes. One hundred three (74%) of these patients had a low vitamin D level. Vitamin D deficiency was most common among Arab patients (86%) and Indo- Pakistani (87%) and least common among the Caucasians (8%) and was equally prevalent among veiled and nonveiled patients. Treatment resulted in clinical improvement in 90% of patients. Non-specific muscle pains among Arab and Indian-Pakistani populations may indicate vitamin D deficiency, and prompt treatment can result in resolution of symptoms.

Myalgias or non-specific muscle pain in Arab or Indo-Pakistani patients may indicate vitamin D deficiency, was written by Dr. Humeira Badsha, Mirna Daher, and Kok Ooi Kong. Dr. Humeira Badsha is a Consultant Rheumatologist, a member of the Emirates Arthritis Foundation and member of the Emirates Society for Rheumatology. This paper was Accepted: 25 February 2009 / Published online: 10 March 2009 for the Clinical Rheumatology (2009) 28:971–973 DOI 10.1007/s10067-009-1146-7

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