How do you manage MS-related fatigue in warmer months?
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One of the most common and also most debilitating symptoms of MS is fatigue. It affects many aspects of a person’s life, including mood, sleep, and overall quality of life.1 It is well-known that people with MS have a unique sensitivity to heat, and warmer temperatures correlate with the presence of neurological symptoms.2 There is also well-established link between heat sensitivity and MS-related fatigue,2 making it more common for people with MS to experience fatigue during the warmer months of the year. We asked our Facebook community if they experience more fatigue in warmer months, and how do they manage MS-related fatigue. Here is what several of our community members had to say:

I try to keep myself cool

  • I get one of several small towels I have soak it in water for my neck, face and top of my head and reload it at any water fountain or hose I find
  • Cooling vest
  • I carry ice packs in my pockets and carry a travel sized spray bottle with cold water to spray myself
  • I have a cool vest or use a cloth and wet it with cold rag
  • I carry a small damp towel in the spring and summer to help cool my head and face
  • I use frog-togg cooling cloths
  • Cool cloth on back of my neck keeps me cool
  • I use squirt bottles of fresh water to spray my face and feet to keep them cool during the hot months which helps tremendously
  • Wet bands that you put around your neck really help plenty of water to drink and air conditioners and fans
  • Air conditioner
  • I have to take cool showers

I consume cold food/beverages

  • Ice crushed Ice eating it slowly LOTS of it! Has helped me last several weeks.
  • I have found that keeping a cold drink with me helps tremendously. I cool myself from the inside out. I’ve water, ice tea, anything with ice – it lowers the core temperature. Popsicles work very well too

I try to combat fatigue by

  • I find exercise helps but it is sometimes difficult to shake the symptoms to get up to getting to exercise
  • Acupuncture and reflexology help too
  • I tend to get the most activity done in the mornings to mid afternoon
  • Provagil

Do you experience more fatigue in warmer months? How do you manage MS-related fatigue? Please post in the comments! Also, don’t miss Ashley’s tips for managing the heat with MS.

view references
  1. Induruwa I, Constantinescu CS, Gran B. Fatigue in multiple sclerosis - a brief review. J Neurol Sci. 2012;323:9-15.
  2. Marino FE. Heat reactions in multiple sclerosis: An overlooked paradigm in the study of comparative fatigue. Int. J. Hyperthermia. 2009; 25: 34-40
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