“I’m too hot!” My brain was turning to mush as my body seemed to grow heavier. I could feel the energy draining out of me.
This isn’t an uncommon complaint when the weather grows hotter during the summer. Most people love warm weather and can’t get enough, but I wouldn’t exactly say I enjoy it.
On the other hand, in cold weather, my pain, stiffness, and tiredness tend to increase.
It’s a frustrating balance to keep up with temperature changes at all times, because my symptoms fluctuate so quickly. My husband becomes perplexed about my constant changing need for different layers of clothing every hour of the day.
The MS Trust estimates that 60-80% of us with MS suffer from heat sensitivity, while the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates about 10% of us have cold sensitivity. So, if you’re reading this while nodding along like a bobblehead, you’re not alone.
Cold and heat sensitivity could be due to many different factors. For example, maybe you have nerve damage in the part of the brain that controls body temperature, so your body doesn’t sweat or shiver. Reactions like sweating and shivering help to control body temperature. Without those bodily reactions, even minor spikes or falls in temperature can impact you.
For me, it’s most challenging to keep a consistent body temperature near the end of the year because some people turn their heating fully up to fight the winter cold. It’s one thing when the weather is too hot outside, and it’s another battle entirely when it’s someone’s house that’s overly warm. I feel like it’s hard to breathe!
Meanwhile, other people leave their houses super cold.
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