7 Tips for Managing MS-Related Heat Sensitivities

  • by  Teva's Lift MS® Team
  •   June 11, 2018

Tips and Tricks for heat and MS: cooling scarf and indoor gardening

Spring is just around the corner. We can’t wait for the weather to get warmer, the flowers to bloom and to look outside and see sunshine. However, if you’re living with multiple sclerosis, the warmer weather isn’t always welcome because of heat sensitivities.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, many people living with MS experience a temporary worsening of symptoms when the temperature rises or when there is humidity. Even slight increases in core body temperature, such as increases of one-quarter to one-half of a degree, can trigger temporary symptom changes or can further impair the ability of demyelinated nerves to conduct electrical impulses.

Below are some MS-friendly strategies to help make the rising temperatures more manageable. 

  1. Learn about cooling products. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), cooling products, like a cooling vest or scarf, can help lessen the negative effects of heat and humidity for those living with MS. We suggest looking into the MSAA’s Cooling Program. Through this program, you can apply to receive a cooling product free of charge.
  2. Maintain a health journal. Always keep track of any changes in your symptoms, whether or not they are due to the heat. Be sure to bring your health journal to your next neurologist appointment so you can be your own advocate and discuss any concerns you have. If you don’t have a health journal, these questions may help get you started.
  3. Try light exercises. Exercise could help build strength and boost your mood, but exercising in the heat can be difficult. Speak with your doctor to see if you can try light exercises, such as yoga or walking in water. You might also try this stretching routine, which could be done outside or inside.
  4. Plan your travels. Warmer weather often means more traveling. Whether you are going on a vacation or taking a business trip, plan ahead by following Teva's Shared Solutions® travel planning guide and by reading these 10 travel tips.
  5. Create Zen with an indoor garden. If you love gardening but the heat is too much, try creating an indoor garden. This allows you to give yourself a little lift while staying cool.
  6. Get involved with the community. Teva can help you connect with the MS community from the comfort of your home. Check out the Lift MS® Facebook page to read comments from people living with MS and Care Partners. 
  7. Schedule follow-ups with your health care provider. It’s always good to stay in regular contact with your health care team. Read through these tips for talking with your neurologist to help ease your next visit.

Looking for more tips on managing your MS? Check out Neurologist Dr. Pardo’s tips for managing MS symptoms. Care Partners, we also have a few tips just for you! Read how Patient Advocate Steve supports his wife with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) by attending appointments with her. Let us know your tips to beat the heat by leaving a comment below. We might feature your comment in a future Facebook or blog post.

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16 Comment(s)
  • Deb  | August 07, 2017
    I love being outdoors so I use water to help me tolerate the heat. A simple childrens pool or even a bucket of cool water can be used. I place my feet in and I am able to be with my grandkids outside. It creates memories for them and I can be with them !
    I also can garden outside with a helper if I am the one watering. Someone helps me plant. I keep up by watering the plants and my feet !
  • Mary  | August 10, 2017
    I've had MS for 24 years always looking for new ideas
  • Charlene Crooks  | August 10, 2017
    O have had MS since i was 28. Now i am 69. It is a debilitating disease
    I have MS but MS but so far it doesnt have me
    Times or tough but i feel I have been blessed still walking not bedridden. Thank You JESUS
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | August 10, 2017
      We'll be thinking of you, Charlene.
  • Cindy Harrington | August 12, 2017
    I'm her mother she needs help
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | August 14, 2017
      It sounds like your daughter is going through a lot, Cindy. We hope you reach out to your daughter's health care team for support. We’ll be thinking of you.
  • Sandi allen | August 13, 2017
    Can't get logged in.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | August 22, 2017
      Thank you for leaving a comment, Sandi. We wanted to let you know that this blog does not have a login feature. However, you can register to have resources and the latest blog posts sent directly to your inbox. If you are interested, click here: https://liftms.com/register. We wish you the best.
  • Monikadas  | August 13, 2017
    I am ms patient
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | August 14, 2017
      Please keep us posted on your progress, Monikadas. We’ll be thinking of you.
  • Sandi Allen | August 26, 2017
    Not sure why, but can't register for the blog because it say our email is invalid.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | September 11, 2017
      Thank you for letting us know, Sandi. We recommend trying to register here: https://www.liftms.com/register. Let us know if you continue to have issues.
  • BBibi P. | September 08, 2017
    Thanks for your tips/blogs, it's great to read about MS' patients to learn something new from them. Never forget the words my first neurologist told me: Just kerp on doing what you've been doing now, just read about it and get informed. Thanks Dr.
  • Marion Rohr | September 25, 2017
    My daughter has MS. And her Dad was diagonized with it. butdiedat 46 from heart problems,
  • Alice | June 20, 2018
    I had MS sense 94 the hot weather is my emeny more tips to stay cool thank you
  • Theresa | June 21, 2018
    How do I find out if there are any support groups in my area?
  • Betsy | June 23, 2018
    Use ice packet that come with your shots. Place on lower back when sitting outside.
    Buy small sprit s bottle, put water in it, carry in purse, or car. Use on legs, face whatever, whenever needed.
    Cooling towel ALWAY in car....can use anytime around your neck.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | June 25, 2018
      Thank you for sharing what works for you, Betsy.
  • Alesia | June 25, 2018
    It never occurred to me that the heat was a factor, and now that I know, my symptoms make more sense! Thank you for sharing.
  • Judy Ann | July 01, 2018
    Thanks soooooooo much 👍 for the info. ok
  • THOMAS | July 12, 2018
    I have had MS since 1997, it is slowly effecting my leg muscles. I use a walker and a cane to get around in the house and a scooter for outside. I love to garden and my scooter allows me to get arond the yard. also I try to help my wife as much as possible, the problem is my friends, they are starting to stay distant from me, I guess I slow them down.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 13, 2018
      We understand living with MS adds extra challenges to life, THOMAS. We’re so glad you’re here and hope you find helpful support.
  • pj | July 01, 2019
    i live in the desert southwest temp's from100 up to 119. It's great in the cooler months but literally hate summer. I'm isolated, windows closed and covered. Doors closed, a/c on.
    I find cooling vests do not provide enough cooling and where out, truly wish I could find one that really works. Please help,