Does Vitamin C play a role in pain management?
Recent years have seen the new and important roles for vitamin C in the world of pain management: most notably as a way to lessen the impact of periperal neuropathy related to shingles.
In addition a double blind study conducted by Zollinger et. all showed reduced pain sensitivity to painful stimuli and reduced risk of developing complex regional pain syndrome in patients given vitamin C pre/post surgery in wrist and ankle surgeries.
There is also suggestion that vitamin C plays a role in reducing incidence of migraine.
It is proposed that the antioxidant properties of this vitamin are the key to this role; it has also been found to increase the pain threshhold in patients with chronic pancreatitis.
Studies suggest that the additon of B-carotene and methionine further enhance the benefits of vitamin C when all three are taken together.
Vitamin C and Its Emerging Role in Pain Management: Beneficial Effects in Pain Conditions Besides Post Herpetic Neuralgia