Does cold make spasticity worse? I seem to be experiencing a lot of muscle pain "everywhere." The weather just got cold enough to bring out the woolens. I find that my symptoms get worse in spring and fall, especially when there is a very sharp change in temperature.
I'm sure you found an answer to this question long ago, but I wanted to chime in anyway.
A lot of people with MS find that their spasticity is worse in cold weather. Hot weather, too, is associated with a worsening of some symptoms (blurred vision after a hot shower, for example).
Have you found any effective ways to deal with the changes brought on by weather? Come back and share your tips if you have a moment.
All the best,
Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Yep I am in total agreement. My bones do not ache as much until the seasons decide to change. Now that it is getting ready to go from hot to cold the knees are starting to hurt some. I have more pain in my knees than anything else. They get really stiff also, my back gives me problems every now and then, not often though. But the old knees are another story, which makes if hard to walk sometimes, but I make it some how. I refuse to give in to spasticity! Ben gay and Tiger Balm are my best friends. A good cologene will cover the smell, trust me. sherry/smomdukes
Yes Spasticity is a killer when high pressure barometer ushers in hot weather, or storms. I also suffer when the seasons change.
I feel best is a stable season-free climate like Los Angeles, not too hot or cold and few seasonal changes.
You know tell me your thoughts; I livein the South, the weather changes at the drop of a hat, right now we are in the hot season and I mean hot season 90 degree and all summer it will be tis way now when it gets cold it will be cold. My parents are still living, and I will be here while they are still living; I say that to say that if they go before I do, I wil be looking for another place to live that is better for my MS, I was tinking AZ where the weather is dry and alway warm or Hawaii, I have been there a few times and my brother lives there. What are your thoughts?
I Must ask, " How to you feel in Hawaii while visiting ?"
I mentioned I do best in moderate stable weather, so I don't know how I would feel in Phoenix.
The hot, stormy southeast increases my spasticity.
I have found Klonopin, Neurontin and some diazepam very helpful, prescribed by my Neurologist.
I have found few physicians who know spasticity treatment, other than baclophen, which does not work for me.
So.. I would visit the desert and the moderate climates, as you can, and see where you do best !!
I have only found a handful of people who have trouble with their MS in cold weather. It also makes my spasticity worse,brings on my pain, usually have relapsed in fall/spring when the weather changes.The cold makes me go numb.The cold can actually bring me to tears, its like it goes in my spine. I know that sounds very strange but we all know how hard it is to describe our ms symptoms
I was in Arizona last year. It was soooo hot, and let me tell you, it felt soooo good. No pain, no spasticity, I felt renewed!!
Husband's military so we've move around quite a bit and have only met around 15-20 people or so people who experience the same with the cold/hot weather. I've also noticed that the people whom I met, including myself, who like the heat/hate the cold had less of a disablitly.
Its something I think they need to study.
I've had ms for 15 yrs(this month) and one of the things I love to do is ride my bike in hot weather. Makes my legs feel great!!
The cold is terrible on me...I hurt more, my legs tingle, this is when I relapse. I love the heat, hot bathes, the sun...I don't hurt in the heat and don't experience all the sensations I do in the cold. I was told that most MS patients are in the cold climate areas...I live in Northern Utah and we have a lot of MS patients here. They need to look at that as symptomatic due to the knowledge that more are in the areas where weather is colder.