7 Tips for Managing Heat While Living With Multiple Sclerosis
- by Teva's Lift MS Team
- August 07, 2017
Summertime is here! The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are in full bloom and the days are getting longer. However, if you’re living with multiple sclerosis, the warmer weather isn’t always welcome.
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 one-quarter or one-half of a degree increase, can trigger temporary changes or can further impair the ability of demyelinated nerves to conduct electrical impulses.
In this Tips and Tricks post, we’re providing MS-friendly strategies to help make the summer heat more manageable. 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.
- Invest in 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 a person living with MS. We suggest looking into the MSAA’s Cooling Program, as sometimes it provides these types of products free of charge.
- Maintain a health journal. Keep track of any changes you feel, whether or not they are due to the summer 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 is known to help build strength and boost your mood, but exercising in the summer 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. Summertime often means more traveling. Whether you are going on a vacation or taking a business trip, plan ahead by following the Shared Solutions® travel guide and by reading these 10 travel tips.
- Create Zen with an indoor garden. If you love gardening but the summer heat is too much, try creating an indoor garden. This allows you to do the hobby you love and give yourself a little lift, all while staying cool.
- Get involved with the community. Teva can help you connect with the MS community while staying inside. Check out the Lift MS™ Facebook page to read comments from people living with MS and Care Partners. Teva also hosts teleconferences about relapsing MS that you can attend from your couch.
- 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? We suggest reading these strategies to keep cool in the summer heat, 5 tips for an MS friendly home, and these tips to help make life with MS more manageable. You can also watch some Tips and Tricks videos by visiting the Lift MS™ Facebook page.
Care Partners, we also have a few tips just for you! See advice on learning when to help, finding the right words to say to someone living with MS, and tips for making your family a part of your loved one’s care team.
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Deb | August 07, 2017I 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 !
Teva's Lift MS Team | August 07, 2017Great suggestions, Deb! You can find other tips at https://www.liftms.com/education/ms-friendly-home.
Mary | August 10, 2017I've had MS for 24 years always looking for new ideas
Teva's Lift MS Team | August 10, 2017You might benefit from reading this post titled Tips From a Doctor: 8 Ideas for Managing Life with MS, Mary. Check it out at https://liftms.com/motivation/doctor-living-with-ms.
Charlene Crooks | August 10, 2017O 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, 2017We'll be thinking of you, Charlene.
Cindy Harrington | August 12, 2017I'm her mother she needs help
Teva's Lift MS Team | August 14, 2017It 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.
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Monikadas | August 13, 2017I am ms patient
Teva's Lift MS Team | August 14, 2017Please keep us posted on your progress, Monikadas. We’ll be thinking of you.
Sandi Allen | August 26, 2017Not sure why, but can't register for the blog because it say our email is invalid.
Teva's Lift MS Team | September 11, 2017Thank 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, 2017Thanks 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.