I’m an Outdoor Person!

I love the Outdoors and have always been a person who spends alot of time Outdoors.

I have a question that I could use some insight on. Last Summer and Fall I spent approximately 2+ hours per day, 4 to 5 days per week being outdoors. On the days that were hot I’d go outdoors during the cooler part of the day. I live in a Northern U.S. Climate. The Winter’s are long and cold so I spend very little time outdoors.

Throughout the Summer and Fall months I noticed that the warmth from the Sun made me feel better. I had less pain, less fatigue, and more energy. Now as Winter has gone on these symptoms have worsened. The last week or so we had a few nice days so I sat outdoors in the sunlight and just soaked in the warmth of the sun. My pain decreased on those days and the fatigue wasn’t as bad.

So my question is: Does the UV Rays from the Sunlight help all MS Patients and is there a way to similate the UV Rays of the Sun in the Winter months? Do Tanning Booths help, do they affect the body the same as the UV Rays from the Sun?

It’s not just heat that helps because when I’m really hurting I’ve used Heat Pads and it’s somewhat helpful but still not the same. I’ve had MS for 10 years and just over the last 2 years there’s been a rapid progression. I am constantly looking for ways though to be active outdoors. But, Winter, especially this Winter, has really slowed me down.

I would appreciate it if someone could please give me some input on this?

Thank you!

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  • AMF
    6 years ago

    I also live in a colder Northern climate where it is difficult to get outside in the winter. To compensate for the reduction in sun exposure, which I equate to vitamin D production, I up my intake of the vitamin from pills. Couldn’t say whether or not it helps but I am sure it isn’t hurting. Just something you might consider.

  • Carol Norris author
    6 years ago

    Thank you for your input! I have been taking Vitamin D for a couple years. My Neurologist recommended taking the Liquid Capsules. And, I have increased the dosage over the Winter months and I’m sure it isn’t hurting but it also definetly isn’t helping as much as being in the sunlight.

  • Lisa Emrich moderator
    6 years ago

    You’re welcome, Carol. I hope you find a good balance which works for you!

  • Lisa Emrich moderator
    6 years ago

    An important thing to know about vitamin D supplements is that they need to be taken with something fatty such as oil or peanut butter. This is very important if the supplements are in dry tablet form. However, if they are liquid capsules, then you don’t need to worry about it. Vitamin D is fat-soluable.

  • Carol Norris author
    6 years ago

    Lisa, I have been taking a Vitamin D Liquid Capsule Supplement as recommended by my Neurologist for a couple years now. But, it’s not being helpful over these Winter months. I think I spent so much time outdoors over last Summer and last Fall that my body didn’t or couldn’t make an adjustment this Winter. Anyway, I do want to come up with a resolution to this problem. Actually was wondering if moving to a warmer climate would be good??? I’ll keep researching.

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