Monday, August 19, 2013

It’s not feasible for me to run around naked


I tried. I really did. Alas, sitting in the sun on my patio for 15-minute intervals twice a day did not fit into my busy schedule. Why would I do this? My Vitamin D levels are too low and, for MSers, this may not be a good thing.

Lots of neuros recommend that we get outside more often, to soak up that important sun vitamin, Vitamin D. They encourage this because a lot of research suggests that increased Vitamin D levels will influence our MS, positively. Yet running around half-naked is not gonna work for me.

Plan B.

4,000 iu/day of Vitamin D tablets. We’ll see what my levels are in three months, per doctor’s orders.


To read more about my story with Vitamin D and sun worshipping, check out this blog post on http://multiplesclerosis.net from a few months ago. Here’s an excerpt:

        “We don’t run around naked as much as we should”
I heard this during the 13th Annual UCSD MS Symposium in San Diego as neurologists fielded questions from the audience about the relationship between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis. And, they weren’t trying to be weird. Rather, these respected doctors encouraged us to monitor our vitamin D levels and get out in the sun more. Nothing new here, though, as we have all seen the same news bulletins: low levels of vitamin D may influence multiple sclerosis. And, there’s the hypothesis that supplementation with vitamin D may have a protective effect... [read more]

In the meanwhile, what has been your experience with the sun vitamin? Do you layout in the sun or take Vitamin D tablets? And, are your Vitamin D levels where you want them to be and, most importantly, how do you feel?

Best always,
Christie

8 comments:

  1. I take 50,000 iu/week of Vit D. And I try to spend time outside in the sun. But man it's so hot! I go to our community pool on Sundays for a few hours and when I get home from work I will spend time outside pretending to water the yard but really I'm watering myself LOL

    I feel pretty good these days, other than the heat stuff. And I think the Tecfidera is helping me in that arena. Who knows if it really makes a difference other than the mental aspect... I'll take it though!

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    1. Hey Sherri. So glad to hear that you are feeling pretty good these days and that Tecfidera is helping. It's hard with the heat but swimming pools are such a relief! So curious to learn how we do with the Vitamin D regimen. Hopefully, we get to levels that satisfy our neuros and our health! Cheers. Best, Christie

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  2. I also take a 50,000 twice a month. Not so much during the summer as I tend to get my sunshine (Yes, even here in Ohio). Once I tried sunbathing in the nude...that explained all the "For Sale" signs in the neighborhood.

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    1. Ha, ha! You crack me up! Thanks so much for stopping by and let us know how your Vitamin D regimen works out. Best, C.

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  3. I take like a bazillion iu of D a week, a neighbor goes to get it so as to keep my clothes on and out of the yard!

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    1. Cheers to that. Take care and thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I take 5000 a day, which seems to keep me normal, although to be honest, I don't feel much different when deficient. The whole sunbathing thing sucks with heat intolerance, so I stick to the pills, much easier! lol

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    1. Yes, the pills are much easier. I, too don't feel much better but am curious to see how this changes over time. Take care!

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