Heeding Advice About Vitamin D Supplement Results in Improvements

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So, I’m four weeks on from starting to take vitamin D supplement. How’s it going?

To be honest, I did not expect much. How could a vitamin make any difference to the multiple sclerosis symptoms that are so much part of my life? What affect could vitamin D have?

I would not have started taking the capsules if not for my visit to the hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) clinic at the A.A. Maximov center, in Moscow in October. That’s where, after tests, a much-respected physician, Denis Fedorenko, MD, revealed my vitamin D deficiency and recommended taking a daily supplement. I am so grateful he did.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about what I had noticed initially and wondered if the improvements could be credited to improving my vitamin D level.

Improvements noted

Now I am more convinced. Just take a look:

  • I am more steady on my feet when walking in a straight line, although turning is still somewhat of a challenge. Indoors, I can move about without needing the support of furniture or walls for every step. That’s not to say support is never needed, but nowhere near as much.
  • Outdoors, I still use a walking aid, but just the other day I put out the trash. That is amazing because it’s something that has been beyond my ability. I took out the bag, walked slowly and carefully to the trash can, deposited the bag, and walked back just as deliberately — without using a walking aid and without falling.
  • Already, my muscles are definitely stronger. My left knee has been giving way for years, sometimes several times in one day, but usually only once or twice. In comparison, while taking vitamin D it has happened only three times in four weeks. Now, that’s progress.
  • Something I didn’t notice at first was spotted by my wife Lisa. She saw that my foot drop, while stll there, is not affecting my walking as much as it did. The result of that is less tripping. In fact, in the past three weeks, I have stumbled just once and not fallen at all.
  • Being used to falling, I often joke about the floor and I being good friends. However, the other day I got on the floor by choice to reach something and got up with no problem. It wasn’t the struggle that it has been.

I am not saying that everything is wonderful, because the MS is still there, and the myelin remains damaged. But there is no doubt in my mind that the supplement is having a positive effect – and that is fantastic.

The next step is to get my vitamin D level checked again.

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Ian Franks is Managing Editor of the Columns division of BioNews Services. He has enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor, in the print media; during which he gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. He was diagnosed with MS in 2002 but continued working until mobility problems forced him to retire early in late 2006. He now lives in the south of Spain and uses his skills to write his own flourishing specialist MS, Health & Disability blog at www.50shadesofsun.com. Besides MS, Ian is also able to write about both epilepsy and cardiovascular matters from a patient’s perspective and is a keen advocate on mobility and accessibility issues.
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5 comments

  1. David Wise says:

    For years I took extra vitamin D supplements ranging from 2,000 to 8,000 I.U. Eventually I experienced craps and spasms so bad that I stopped taking them. I only take now one multi-vitamin pill every day, which gives just a daily allowance of vitamin D.

    • Margaret Gatty says:

      Did you consider switching brands? Sounds like you might have a sensitivity to the inactive ingredients or fillers in the brand(s) you were taking.

  2. Robert Millburn says:

    That’s wonderful news to hear regarding the vitamin D. I’m actually treating my MS with high dose vit D protocol, called the Coimbra Protocol, it was developed by Dr. Cicero Galli Coimbra, a neurologist practicing in São Paulo, Brazil. I take 75k IU daily, with no adverse side effects. The protocol suggests 1000 IU for every kg of weight. Good luck on your journey.

    • Monica Barros says:

      Hi Robert

      Glad with your post! I take 100.000 IU/day for MS and I´m asymptomatic. Just to add an information, everyone who uses the Coimbra Protocol should be aware not take dairy products (or foods enriched with calcium) to avoid hypercalcemia and renal calculi. Good luck you all.

      • Robert Millburn says:

        Hello Monica,

        Thanks for responding, yes I agree regarding the no calcium diet. In addition, I follow a daily workout routine, and follow the OMS (Overcoming MS) diet as well. So far so good, I feel healthier than I have in years.

        Take care, and good luck to everyone with this dreaded disease.

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