Most of us with multiple sclerosis are heat intolerant to the point of being unable to function outside during peak summer temperatures. When I asked people with MS on my blog what their MS temperature “limits” were, I was surprised that many people came back with answers lower than I would have expected – most said that 80 degrees was pretty much their cutoff for comfort and that 55- to 70-degree weather was really ideal.However, it got even more interesting when several people said that while hot temperatures were not good, the cold wasn't so great for them, either.
- Soak up the sunshine. As much as you can stand to be outside during the warmest part of a sunny winter day, do it (within reason). Help your body produce vitamin D. Even better, get a little exercise outside while you are at it.
- Don't overdo the heat inside. I tend to get a little dramatic when I get too cold and, as a result I take really hot baths or showers. Recently, I got dangerously dizzy from my hot shower. Remember, extreme heat is not our friend, either.
- Warm yourself from the inside. Try drinking a hot beverage to take the chill off and warm your core faster.
Like many other situations that we must navigate through with MS, a little strategic planning about winter activities can help you have a little control over symptoms. Really put some thought into what you enjoy doing in the winter, take a couple more precautions and get the most out of the cold months.