Exercise and MS
Chris Regal | May 2, 2012
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Having MS means you should stop exercising.
People with MS should continue to lead healthy lifestyles - including a well balanced diet and exercise. In the past doctors told patients to stop exercising once they were diagnosed with MS - this is now thought to be outdated advice.
If you have tingling while exercising then you are definitely having an MS relapse.
Being overheated and under-hydrated can raise your core body temperature and cause a "pseudo-exacerbation," where MS symptoms come back or seem to get worse with the heat, but go away once you cool back down.
I don't have time to exercise.
You should always make time for yourself and for your health. Try group activities and spend time with your loved ones.
If you already exercise, there is no need for physical or occupational therapy.
Physical and occupational therapy can be an important part of an MS plan. Sometimes your healthcare provider may want the therapists to help with helping you to get back in the swing of things and to make sure that your exercise program is adequate, effective and safe.
Exercise is the only way to overheat yourself.
There are internal and external causes of heat. Internal causes can be fevers, menstrual periods, exercise, and even stress. External causes can be the temperature outside and not drinking enough fluids. You should be sensible in the heat and know your own body and when it is time to get out of the sun - and like everyone else, always protect yourself from dangerous UV rays.
The Uhtoff phenomenon is when heat uncovers previous MS signs and symptoms.
Uhtoff. St. Lidwina (14th Century) is the patron saint of ice skating and is thought to be the first person described with MS.