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The Link Between Cold Sensitivities & Multiple
Sclerosis

While heat sensitivity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS)
has been widely studied, the question of how cold weather affects
patients still looms large. It was back in 1890 when optical issues
(a common issue associated with MS) were linked to a rise in body
temperature. More than a century later, MS patients still struggle
to stay cool in the summer. As cooler weather approaches, however,
the impending chill presents its own set of challenges.

Of course, winter introduces health issues even in people who
aren’t affected by MS. Shorter days and increased darkness impact
sleep patterns, which can ultimately lead to fatigue. Seasonal
depression is also a common issue that emerges once the winter
months descend.

Unfortunately, it appears that cold weather exacerbates MS
symptoms. Specifically, pain, mobility challenges, fatigue, and
depression seem to worsen. For one, the nerve damage caused by MS
may be impacted by the winter weather, leading to spasticity and
stiffness. Icy surfaces can also increase the risk of falls, making
mobility challenges even more of a concern.

The “MS hug,” a feeling of pressure around the torso,
becomes more pronounced for many patients in colder temperatures.
Numbness and tingling may also worsen. Patients who experience
Reynaud’s phenomenon, in which the blood vessels in the
extremities narrow and cause discomfort, also report increased
intensity in the winter.

Although there is still limited research on how cold weather
impacts MS and why patients can still take certain measures to
control symptoms throughout the winter months. Dressing in plenty
of warm layers, eating warm foods, minimizing trips outdoors, and
maintaining a moderate indoor temperature to reduce the shock when
you do have to trek outside may help.

You might also consider discussing a supplement regimen with
your specialist. Vitamin
D
levels often drop with decreased exposure to sunlight, so
taking a daily vitamin could help to boost overall health and
provide some relief for cold-related MS symptoms. Call a Stemedix
Care Coordinator at 800-531-0831 and learn how our
practitioner-grade supplements through Metagenics may help you
and receive 10% off your first order!

The post
The Link Between Cold Sensitivities & Multiple Sclerosis

appeared first on Stemedix.

While heat sensitivity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS)
has been widely studied, the question of how cold weather affects
patients still looms large. It was back in 1890 when optical issues
(a common issue associated with MS) were linked to a rise in body
temperature. More than a century later, MS patients still struggle
to stay cool in the summer. As cooler weather approaches, however,
the impending chill presents its own set of challenges.

Of course, winter introduces health issues even in people who
aren’t affected by MS. Shorter days and increased darkness impact
sleep patterns, which can ultimately lead to fatigue. Seasonal
depression is also a common issue that emerges once the winter
months descend.

Unfortunately, it appears that cold weather exacerbates MS
symptoms. Specifically, pain, mobility challenges, fatigue, and
depression seem to worsen. For one, the nerve damage caused by MS
may be impacted by the winter weather, leading to spasticity and
stiffness. Icy surfaces can also increase the risk of falls, making
mobility challenges even more of a concern.

The “MS hug,” a feeling of pressure around the torso,
becomes more pronounced for many patients in colder temperatures.
Numbness and tingling may also worsen. Patients who experience
Reynaud’s phenomenon, in which the blood vessels in the
extremities narrow and cause discomfort, also report increased
intensity in the winter.

Although there is still limited research on how cold weather
impacts MS and why patients can still take certain measures to
control symptoms throughout the winter months. Dressing in plenty
of warm layers, eating warm foods, minimizing trips outdoors, and
maintaining a moderate indoor temperature to reduce the shock when
you do have to trek outside may help.

You might also consider discussing a supplement regimen with
your specialist. Vitamin
D
levels often drop with decreased exposure to sunlight, so
taking a daily vitamin could help to boost overall health and
provide some relief for cold-related MS symptoms. Call a Stemedix
Care Coordinator at 800-531-0831 and learn how our
practitioner-grade supplements through Metagenics may help you
and receive 10% off your first order!

The post
The Link Between Cold Sensitivities & Multiple Sclerosis

appeared first on Stemedix.

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