Your friend may want to take calcium, vit d and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium are water soluble. Keep in mind, that w/water soluble supplements, the body only absorbs up to HALF the dose. The rest is flushes out. So, it's best to take a couple smaller doses through-out the day. Vit d is fat soluble. So it need to be taken w/a fat source, otherwise, the body won't absorb it.
Calcium and Magnesium are also necessary for muscle function, providing the mechanism for muscle contraction and relaxation including the heart muscle. Vitamin D helps the body to regulate the transport of calcium from the digestive system through the bloodstream to bone, and assists in the retention of calcium and phosphorous.
Healthy muscles can help manage the pain of DDD.
* Hydration can be improved by sipping water throughout the day, especially during and after exercise, as well as eliminating or reducing use of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, some teas, and soda
* Alcohol use should be minimized. Alcohol not only decreases hydration, it is a depressant. Using alcohol to self-medicate and numb pain can start a cycle of unhealthy actions, interfering with everything from sleep quality, the ability to make healthy food choices, and the motivation to exercise.
* Smoking should be curtailed because it interferes with nutrition for the spinal discs by preventing good oxygen flow.
The above information was found at:http://www.spine-health.com/conditio...things-you-can
I know there are on-line support groups that she may want to look into that can help her, too.
Though it may hurt, she really needs to keep active. I live with chronic pain, involves my muscles among other things (won't get into it here) but exercise does help me manage pain.