Degerentive Disk Disease

by Connie
(Pennsylvania)

I have Degenerative disk disease and curvature of the spine. I have had some back trouble but not bad. The past 8 months or so I have had a lot of trouble with my back and joint point, body aches and fatigue. I am right now in a lot of pain and can not move around very well.


I went to the doctor's and they said my Vitamin d was severely low it was 11.0. My doctor and chiropractor all said my back pain is not coming from my vitamin d being low and the chiropractor told me if I did not lose weight, I am about 60 or 70 pounds overweight, that my back would not get better it would get worse.

Could all the back pain be from low Vitamin D and if so why do doctors all say No. I am 50 years old but feel like 80.

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This is a Test...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Connie,

I'll answer your question in a minute, but this will be a GREAT study for you and your doctors because you'll be doing a 'test' to find out who is right.

In the amount of time that it takes for you to become vitamin d sufficient, you'll not be able to lose but about 10 to 15 pounds even if you tried really hard. So, you'll be able to find out whether the vitamin d is working for you to improve your pain.

So, if your pain improves on the vitamin d, then your pain is NOT due to the degenerative disk disease or the curvature of the spine- right? So, if you are up for it, I would love to be personally responsible for getting your vitamin d levels up because if your doctors don't give you enough, then they will say that they are right- even if they are really wrong and didn't even fix your vitamin d deficiency- which is a SUPER common problem.


So, you need to make sure that you are taking 'enough' vitamin d, in the form of Vitamin D3 in order to actually correct your vitamin d deficiency. That will probably require at least ONE MILLION IU's in the course of the next 2 to 3 months. Maybe even more since you are overweight and you need even more vitamin d if you are overweight.

Also, you MUST be sure to take magnesium with your vitamin d as I've outlined on the Magnesium and Vitamin D page because vitamin d will 'use up' a significant amount of magnesium and if you don't take magnesium, your pain could even get much WORSE due to magnesium deficiency.

So, the reason that your doctors are telling you that your pain is not due to vitamin d deficiency is because of two reasons:

1) Most doctors are unfamiliar with vitamin d. And until they have worked with people in pain who have vitamin d deficiency and seen for themselves that it can relieve pain, then it's hard for them to believe that a VITAMIN deficiency can cause pain.

2) They believe that they have already found the cause of your pain- degenerative disks. But what if degenerative disks don't necessarily cause pain?

We are TOLD that degenerative disks cause pain because doctors take people with back pain and find degenerative disks- so that must be where your pain is coming from, right?

But that's not necessarily true. Someone finally decided to do a study to see how many people have disk disease who DON'T have back pain- and guess what? People who DON'T have back pain have disk disease at the same rate as those who DO have back pain.

So, there is NO CORRELATION between the incidence of back pain and disk disease of ANY type. Everyone has some degree of disk disease. It's a normal part of aging. There is even a doctor by the name of Dr. John Sarno who treats back pain by... doing nothing!!!

By 'Doing Nothing', I mean that he tells them that their pain is not because of their disk disease and that it's from ....

I don't want to spoil it...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out because you won't believe me if I tell you. Dr. Sarno's book is called Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection or you can download an ebook based on his work entitled Freedom From Chronic Pain -and I HIGHLY suggest that you read it to get another take on why your degenerative disk disease may have absolutely nothing to do with your pain.

It's very enlightening and I also have a personal story about the book. My husband had been staying with his family over Thanksgiving when he had an episode of back pain after doing martial arts. He was in SUCH pain that he could only lay on the floor and take pain medicine.

After almost a week and not getting better, he had an MRI and they found a SEVERE ruptured disk in his lower back. The neurologist said that he needed to have emergency surgery ASAP because the rupture was in a place that could cause him to have erectile dysfunction and bowel and bladder problems for life!!!

Well, I said "HOLD ON" and made him read Dr. Sarno's book before he would agree to surgery. Within a few hours, he could stand up on his toes again (which he couldn't do in the doctor's office and was 'proof' that he had nerve damage that required surgery).

He pain began to diminish over the next few days enough so that he could walk again normally, and within a couple of months he was 98% pain free and has remained so for almost 3 years now.

Dr. Sarno believes that 'structural' problems rarely cause pain and has had tens of thousands of people get better using his technique - or non-technique as I like to call it because there is really nothing to do!!

So, lets find out why you have pain. Get your vitamin d levels up and read Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection and you might have an entirely different perspective on back pain forever.


Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System


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