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I finally ordered mine.  It took me 3 years to finally do it.  I got a pretty good price on amazon.  Oh yeah, I'm supposed to click on something now....
In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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Don't forget to plug it in before you click on.

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Blue,
I hope you find it helpful. I'll start using mine again tomorrow, thanks for the reminders :)

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I was supposed to click on Amazon Smile BEFORE I bought it!

Oh well...
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What all does this Therapy Light do or is it for light in the winter time? 

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Mine is a SAD lamp for the winter blues.
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Awww, I get it. John got an extra window in our bedroom as I have my computer and stuff in my room. So we've got 4 windows in here and it really helps with getting the sunshine in here and also my bird needs sun also. So we soak up the sun together.
Thanks Bailey.


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No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
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My Day-Light has arrived!  I set it up this morning and it sure is pretty.

I'll probably wait a few days before experimenting with it, since I'm getting over a cold and since this week we have perfect sunny weather forcasted.
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That's good Blue
 
No harm in using it at night though - you can maybe help your cold to take a hike - it can only help
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I think if you use it at night it would prevent sleep. It mimics sunlight not everyone can sleep with bright sunshine.
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Yes, I don't think I would use it at night. Like you say it would prevent sleep.
I would like to know how it is working for you and Bailey.

is it possible to tan????? Or am I thinking of something altogether????
Any way..... let us know how the light works for yous.
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Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
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Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
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Sorry girls - I did not make myself clear
 
I meant to use the lamp in the evening - in the winter here it gets dark by 5.30pm and there would be plenty of time to use the lamp before bed time
 
Actually I sleep with the bed lamp on often - it's too much of a commitment to turn the light off - if I turn over and do that I find I wake myself up too much - I guess I am used to reading until I fall asleep -
 
But except in winter it's not a good idea to sleep in the sunlight - my bed is in the sunlight on beautiful days except in winter - and it's lovely to lie on the bed in the sun - but not to sleep - it can cause a deep sleep and it is easy to become dehydrated
 
About tanning Ronnie - I don't know if the day-light box does that - but it would be worth checking that out - here we have people who go to parlours where they have tanning beds and using these can cause skin cancer - I would be concerned about that
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No these lights do not tan. The ones for vit d and tanning cost $100's of dollars. I wish there was a inexpensive kind the cheapest I found so far is $259.00 then there's shipping too.
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That is more than I would want to pay Elizabeth - I guess people will pay anything if they think it will help
It's the world of advertising and then - supply and demand. If the Ad-men can create a need in people then there will be a demand for a product - and for some reason some people thing everything worth anything is expensive - which is not always the case - and then - do we know if they are really useful or not
 
In your case I guess if you could get into the sun for your Vit D it might be easier for your body to absorb - but that is something you would have to check with the doctor you see about that - you still need to process it internally
 
What a pain - it sounds so good to have a Vit D producing product like the sun - but then
 
In Australia the skin-cancer problem is serious. We live under the hole in the ozone layer - and tanning looks good - but the advertising here now is that tanning is not healthy and I get a tan with very little exposure but rarely go out in the midday sun. It's too hot for me in summer anyway and I am not anxious to get melanoma -
 
So after all that I wish I could be more helpful - it might be safer to tan further north of the equator than I am south of it - I think it could be - and I can't help with the vit d problem you have
 
I'm so sorry about that - it would be great to walk around on a sunny day without consequences and be healthy about it - but not so here
 
But are you able to get a daylight box - it sounds as if it would help people with the winter blues. I hate winter - I get really down sometimes - last winter here was the pits with gloomy days
 
And if you do - I hope it helps and I wish you all the best with it
 
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Recent reports show that even people who live in very sunny climates with up to 360 days of sunlight a year and who don't even use sun screen are Vit D deficient. One theory is that the foods we are eating such as low fat dairy aren't able to assimilate the Vitamin the way it was years ago when we all ate full fat foods. That's one theory and I'm sure there are more.
SAD lights aren't meant to tan. They are meant to replenish the natural sunlight which helps boost serotonin levels.

They shouldn't be used at night as that will interfere with Melatonin production which is necessary for sleep. I would use the light as early in the day as possible, get Vit D levels checked with a simple blood test, and get natural tanning just doing errands without sunscreen when weather is warm. Sunscreen is important for anyone outside for extended periods of time but is very important for all of us in small doses. Everything in moderation.

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Stevie - that is interesting that low fat dairy could be one of the problems with vit D absorption. I don't like low-fat dairy - (can't stand meat fat) - so I eat regular cheese and drink full cream milk -
 
I had my blood tested - my new GP wants all his patients to have blood tests - and everything is okay - but he suggested I take Vit D and calcium anyway - and I do feel better - I have to say. I want to look after my bones in particular
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So I had my first Day-Light therapy session this morning.  I was going to wait until I was over my cold, but the cold refuses to go away.  I think I have a sinus infection again which causes "asthma-like symptoms" (my doctors have never said I have asthma; just "asthma-like symptoms." Sort of like my arthritis pain, though I don't have arthritis.  But I digress...)

I sat at my desk and read for about 20 minutes early this morning.  The light isn't too annoying, but it is a bit bright.  I try never to look into it, but I feel like my forehead and the top of my head might get sunburned.  I wonder if it will regrow hair...

I suppose it will take a month or so to see if it does any good.  I can't imagine following a therapy routine for a month.  It's not so much that I lose interest in potential remedies, but I simply can't remember them.  It seems I was trying turmeric for awhile, but then I forgot.  Somewhere in the kitchen is a bag of turmeric powder.

I guess I'll wait to try the SAM-e pills later on.  One experiment at a time.


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Blue----

I think the light, with everything we have in our bag of tricks to combat CP is a matter of getting into a routine. For me, it's a schedule. Mon, Wed, and Fri I'm up and at the pool at 6:30. Like it or not. Tues, Thurs and Sat I walk. Outside weather permitting and treadmill if not.

If I don't adhere to the bloody schedule I have an increase in pain. If I needed the lamp (which BTW is a really good therapy treatment option for all of us, and one I should also look into), I would need to put it into my "schedule" and adhere to it as faithfully as I do the walking and the swimming.

The turmeric ----- I use it in my rice for stir fries,and I throw some into my morning fruit smoothies along with some cinnamon. I keep a small jar on the counter top and add it to almost everything. I also take my Vitamin D3 and sub lingual B12 faithfully. Is all of this helping ? I don't know. I do know it isn't hurting and at the very ripe old age of 68 and after 4 back surgeries, I'm not without pain.   But I would hate to think where I'd be without all of the above. So, I keep doing it. Love it? Hell no. But the alternatives? Ugh.

So, I may order the lamp when the budget allows and add it to the Arsenal of weapons against this monster called Chronic Pain.

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Hey Blue,

I've been using a Daylight for a couple winters. Last year I used it regularly, first thing every morning. I found it helped, but it isn't a one shot thing.
I use it for 20-40 min, while I'm having my tea and reading. I place it behind me, so it's shining over my shoulder. I don't feel like I'm following a therapy routine, I just changed my reading light and take my time enjoying my first caffeine of the day.

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I've just finished my 4th session with the Day Light.

First of all, the price: $124.99 at Amazon.  Remember, start at "Amazon Smile" first if you decide to order one.

It takes a while to work, they say.  Yesterday I found out how true that is.  I had done my session, then I went to work.  It was a very cloudy and drizzly morning, and I felt very down as I drove the bus.  In the afternoon the clouds broke up and the sun poked through, and I immediately felt some relief.  So, the Day LIght isn't working yet.

In my case I think this SAD has come on gradually over the years.  I don't remember having it when I was young.  I know now I could never live in Seattle or Scotland.

Remembering the routine isn't too hard so far.  I like to read anyway, so this gives me an excuse to start every day reading for about half an hour.  And, I forget to take herbs because they are small and my wife is always moving my things ("putting things away") and my memory is so poor I can't remember what herb regimen I'm on, so I stop doing it.  But, the lamp is always sitting right on top of my desk, so I can't miss it.  It is attractive, too.

So, that's my update.  If nothing else, I have an interesting lamp on my desk and I start the day reading. 

Oh, and I have a cup of coffee, too, so that really confounds the experiment by adding another variable.
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I find the thread timely.

My therapist mentioned me getting a lamp or bulbs to use that are full spectrum. I was wondering if any of the hardware stores might sell them as I would like to walk in and get them.

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I couldn't find any stores in my city that sold them.  I hesitated ordering one online, sight unseen, but that's what I had to do.

Good luck
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Hi Blue - don't you hate it when people put stuff away so you forget about them - I am so glad I live by myself - but now I am searching for something that I put in a safe place - I should have nailed it to the wall!!!Wacko
 
Perhaps you could leave your herbs on your desk - you won't forget them then - and tell your wife that is their place and they live there and ask her to please not move them - I have my herbs actually growing around here and no one puts them away -  
My herbs are important for me - so I know they are important for you - and see if your wife understands this - sometimes we just don't get what our family understands - I know this from my past - I know now I didn't understand my ex - but then - that is water over the waterfall now
 
I'm glad you got your daylight lamp - I might get one next winter if yours works for you - I guess it would take time - I am finding that taking vit D with calcium, and glucosamine with krill, and probiotics helping - but it's also spring here in Beautiful Bayside Mordialloc - and the coming of spring made my life better after a gloomy winter.
 
I can't stand the thought of winter right now - so I am glad it's spring - but we have already had bushfires - and this is the bad thing we have in South Eastern Australia
 
Also - I don't like buying things sight unseen either - I prefer to see what I am buying - btw - how big is the daylight lamp?
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I went to amazon to check out the different lamps and bulbs.
I noticed that there was a lamp listed that looked very much like the lamp I have sitting in my sewing room that came from my dad's house.

As much as I have hated on his hoarding...I found a jewel amongst all the mess...the lamp I brought from his house.
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All lamps are good.  Especially if they facilitate the reading of excellent books.

Supposedly, a light therapy lamp is more than just an ordinary lamp.  I don't know how much of that claim is scientific and how much is just marketing. 

At any rate, I like my new "Day-Light" lamp.  I'm reading a book on plant propagation every morning by it.
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I have a Verilux that I ordered directly from their site a few years ago. I love my happy lamp. It gives more light than any I have in my apt. It doesn't tan just supposed to be 20-30 minutes a day or more can help cheer you up if you suffer from seasonal affective sadness  or whatever it's called. 

I also purchased one but it is not as effective and is not meant to be a healing SAD lamp is Ottlight but it has good reading light.
I hope you enjoy your day light lamp Blugirl. Sara
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I feel the same way about my SAD lamp, it makes the room so bright I feel better almost right away. I don't follow any sort of specific regimen except to try and use it every morning. I have it behind me, shining over my shoulder and I turn it on when I sit down with my first cup of tea in the morning.
 
I leave it on while I read and wake up,  30-90 min, and I really do feel it helps me deal with the winter blues. The room I spend most of my time in has an 8' bay window, 2 24" windows and double glass patio doors, it gets a huge amount of natural light.
 
But in the winter, there are lots of days that never get brighter than the dimmest lightbulb, even in this window filled room. Turning on the SAD light makes it feel light the sun has come out for awhile, crazy as that sounds.
 
Nothing helps everybody, but this is one of countless gadgets I've tried and along with a good heating pad it's near the top of my list of helpful tools, specially for a Canadian winter.
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I typically use mine for about 15-20 minutes in the morning. Even on weekends I don't ever use it after 10am as it will affect my sleep cycle.

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I am definitely getting one of these next winter - it sounds fantastic
 
SAD is something I seem to have had most of my life. Thinking back to my early childhood after the Second World War it is no wonder. We had what were called "The General Strikes" and the lights were turned off after 9.00am and not back on again until at least 4.00pm.
 
And it was cold - there were all sorts of shortages. There was insufficient fuel and there would only be one room in the house that was warm - and that was the lounge where there was an open fire. And there were food shortages - I remember my mother using a ration book -
 
Most people my age will remember this time of austerity - of course houses were not insulated. I just remember that winters were cold and dark - but things did improve as I got older.
 
I still hate winter and SAD - and gloomy days - I don't get much sun in here during the winter - even if it's sunny - and I tend to pull the blinds down and turn the light on and it doesn't feel as horrible.
 
One of these daylight lamps sounds really great - even if only used for a short time each day - and what ever builds serotonin works for me.
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One month into my Day Light lamp therapy.  I am happy to report that I actually use it almost every morning.  I like reading anyway, so setting aside 30 minutes to read in front of the lamp has been easy.

Is it working?  Well, it's hard to say.  For any successful scientific experiment, you have to control the variables.  And there are two significant variables lately that may be interfering.  Last year I was unemployed and with no prospects.  This year I have a job I like.  Last year was cold and rainy.  Lately it's been unseasonably warm and sunny (it hasn't even frozen yet, so I'm still harvesting tomatoes).
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Blue,

Wow!! Your still harvesting tomatoes! I'm hoping for a green house to extend my growing season.

I'm glad the light is working for you in the morning while you read. Hopefully it will bring you through the winter feeling good.



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the light sounds like a good tool. i'm into the real sun and usually spend a few hours each day in the natural sun. but if we get a winter like the last record breaker i'll pick one up as insurance against the winter blues...pal pete
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My light is on as I type. I use mine in the same way, every morning I sit and have my tea and read with the light on.

It's a very helpful tool for me.
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I'm in a rut, and the lamp doesn't seem to help.

I use the lamp in the morning, as directed, but mornings aren't my problem: it's the nights.

I get off work at 7 p.m., and it's dark and cold.  So, instead of going to the gym, I go home.  I eat too much, check my email, flip through TV stations, and then go to bed anywhere from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  No pool, no exercise (other than bicycling to work).

When the sun goes down, I'm a goner.

Maybe I should work nights instead of days.
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I' m in bed by 8 most nights Blue. Mornings have always been my best time and even more so with CP.

But I try and do everything I need to during my good time. I don't even try to stay up anymore, I'd still be up hours before dawn and just feel exhausted.

Is there anyway for you to do some of the things you want before work?
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I am also an early morning person.  Up before dawn, at the pool on the mornings I swim around 6:30am, get other errands and cooking, etc done early in the day.  By late afternoon I'm done.  I'm in bed at night right after the National News----so by 7PM that's it.  I read or watch a video and go to sleep-----what sleep I DO actually get as even turning over wakes me from pain.  Makes for a very dull life, but we do what we can do and don't worry about the rest!!!

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I just surprised myself by going to the gym after work!  I hadn't been there in a week and a half.  It feels good to exercise, even if it doesn't take the pain away.

So maybe I shouldn't feel bad about going to bed at 8 p.m.  I do get up about 5:30 every morning, and I've been sleeping well lately.

I'm worried about going to the gym before work, because I might exercise or swim too much and then get tired when I'm driving.

Actually, the only thing I need here to stop getting this SAD is for the sun to set about 3 hours later.  That would fix it.
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I have been going to bed earlier. I wonder if this is good? I do get up at 8:00am.

I don't exercise but keep active by walking around during appointments I have with my client I work with during the week.

I agree with you on the sun setting later, I wish it would here in Michigan, yesterday it was dark at 5pm!
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My Day Light Therapy Lamp has become a real fixture on my desktop.

ha ha

I don't mean that metaphorically; the lamp sits on the top of my desk.

The problem is you're supposed to use it in the mornings, and not at night.  But I need it at night.  At 5:00 it gets dark, it's cold outside, and the walls of dread close in on me (OK, those walls are metaphoric).  Twice now this week there were interesting events in the evening I wanted to go to, but I just can't find the energy to leave home after dark.

I think I need a new strategy.  Next time there's an event at 7:00 p.m., I need to leave the house at 4:00 and go to some coffee shop.  That way I'll already be out of the house when it gets dark.

Do you think that will work?  It's either that or strap the Day Light lamp to the top of my head and use a long extension cord.
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I would try going out at 4pm and see how that goes.
Maybe getting out before it gets dark WILL help.
I bet you will find that it was not as bad as you thought it might.
I had times where getting up the morning was a tough one because of SAD. I put myself in a routine, it helps, along with using the light.

One advantage for me is sitting in the room with the most sun light I can get. I know not all of us can do that. I also have a daylight lamp and use it. It does help.

I can't think of the name of lights I see at Michael's Arts and Crafts or JoAnn fabrics, but they stock lights that are battery operated. Food for thought. No long extension cord needed. These stores do have them on sale quite frequently(they don't sell replacement bulbs however).
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