Doctors found that a 56-year-old woman, who had for more than 10 years constantly felt pain in her hands, to the point that she could no longer hold chopsticks anymore, had vitamin C and vitamin D deficiencies.
Chen Jen-yin (陳貞吟), director of the Anesthesia Department and Pain Management Division at Chi Mei Hospital in Tainan, described the case during the Taiwan Pain Society’s annual meeting and international conference in Tainan yesterday.
The patient had sometimes been unable to fall sleep due to the pain, but despite visiting several doctors and taking painkillers, it continued to affect her quality of life, Chen said.
Over the past year, it affected her so badly that she could no longer hold chopsticks or a broomstick, she added.
Chen said that the woman was diagnosed and began taking nutritional supplements, as well as receiving prolotherapy and rehabilitation treatments, and her symptoms were significantly reduced.
The woman is still being treated, she added.
According to data collected since 2013 from about 31,000 people who have received health exams at Chi Mei Hospital, about half of men and 68 percent of women had a vitamin D deficiency, but about 80 percent of the patients visiting the pain management division were vitamin D deficient, Chen said.
While only about 5 percent of those who had received health exams were vitamin C deficient, about half of chronic pain patients had a vitamin C deficiency, she said.
Chen said that people often forget the importance of eating fruit, which is an important source of vitamin C, and many people, especially women, are used to avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen, which can result in reduced vitamin D production.
A vitamin D deficiency leads to reduced intestinal calcium absorption and poor muscle contraction, while a vitamin C deficiency is associated with a lower pain threshold, she said.
If people have trouble getting enough vitamin C and D from their diet, they should take a supplement, Chen said.
VOTERS’ CHOICE: The DPP’s Chen and independent candidate Huang conceded defeat before 7:20pm, with Chiang pledging to remain humble and do his best Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) yesterday won the Taipei mayoral election, with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate defeating the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) pick, former minister of health and welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), and former Taipei deputy mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊), an independent. After polling stations closed at 4pm, the Taipei Election Commission issued a preliminary estimate that voter turnout in the city was about 64 percent, slightly lower than in 2018. Chiang, 43, is to be the youngest Taipei mayor ever, with the KMT regaining the capital after eight years. Chen had an exceptionally high national approval rating when he was head
UNCREWED CRAFT: A lack of domestic components and engine outsourcing show the need for Taiwan to develop a local drone supply chain, an analyst said The development of a fully domestic drone manufacturing supply chain is crucial to Taiwan’s ability to use the uncrewed aircraft effectively during wartime, a recent report from the Institute for National Defense and Security Research said. Ukraine’s experience in resisting Russia’s invasion demonstrated that civilian drones can provide valuable intelligence during wartime, but they must be manufactured domestically to ensure that foreign component makers cannot take control of the devices, the report said. In the report, institute researcher Chen Po-hung (陳柏宏) analyzed the security of Taiwan’s drone supply chain. Ukrainians have used civilian drones to locate Russian convoys and other targets, he said,
In the last few days before the local elections on Saturday, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it is focusing on 10 regions it considers highly contested areas, while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said it is stepping up campaigns across the nation. The DPP considers Keelung, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu City, and Maoli, Yilan, Nantou, Penghu, Changhua and Yunlin counties as areas where its candidates are facing fierce competition, a party source said. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Vice President William Lai (賴清德) and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) plan to visit those areas again this week, the source said. The night before the elections,
A naval landing craft on Thursday sank near Kinmen County after wet weather and rough seas flooded its cabin, the Naval Fleet Command said. The vessel, called Landing Craft Mechanized 1326, had completed transport and replenishment missions in the county and was returning to Taiwan proper when surging waves flooded the cabin, the navy said in a statement. The craft’s five crew members tried to bail out the water to no avail, the Navy said. The landing craft eventually sank off Kinmen’s Liaoluo Bay (料羅灣) at 5:18pm, although all crew members rescued, it said, adding that the precise cause of the sinking