7 Tips for Managing MS-Related Heat Sensitivities
- by Teva's Lift MS® Team
- June 11, 2018
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.