MS Changes in Weather and Heat Exposer


Yes! It really does snow in Western Washington.

     It’s been quite a few years since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and over that period of time I cannot  even speculate how many times I have read that exposer to higher temperatures is linked to a worsening of MS symptoms. And of course I don’t really doubt this, everyone’s experiences are different, but I most be the oddball out because it does not seem to be the temperature that  bothers me but rather, the temperature combined with the humidity that does me in.

     I can go out on any hot day where the humidity is low and not seem bothered at all by the actual temperature. And what is even stranger is that I can take a hot shower, where it is humid, and not feel any worse when I’m finished though to be honest, I don’t take long showers, so that might be the difference here?

     On a slightly different note, I have also noticed that I sleep much better during the Winter months when the weather patterns are primarily influenced by low pressure systems instead of high pressure systems during the Summer months. And this also translates into less fatigue as well as a slight decrease in all of my MS symptoms during the Winter but I still don’t think this is correlated to temperature, or at least, not entirely.

     Does anyone else see a difference in their MS symptoms during different weather patterns? I’m really curious! 

by Bill Walker


14 thoughts on “MS Changes in Weather and Heat Exposer

    1. msandbeyond Post author

      I’m going to have to look up Protandim, you’re the second person to mention it. What is it and what does it do for you? I have an upcoming Neurology appointment so I’m very curious! Thanks for the comment.

    2. Meredith Johnston

      If dew point is OVER 70%, no matter the season, I have trouble with legs.
      Vision has been issue for YEARS! Especially if it’s sunny. Bumber because I LOVE the sun!

  1. Jocelyn

    Winter is hard for me. I have a lot of nerve pain in my legs and this seems to be exacerbated by the colder temps. I sleep each night with a sock filled with rice and lavender which I heat in the microwave to add warmth to my bed. Not to mention an extra blanket on my side and my husband next to me who is like a furnace!

    1. msandbeyond Post author

      I guess really no season is great for me, each one has its own drawbacks. And I have a lot of nerve pain in my back as well as legs, so I can relate! Thanks for commenting Jocelyn!

  2. Dl

    I have a hard time with any weather change. Cold make my legs lock up hot cramps and makes them spasm. Humidity is awful. If dry and 70 feel somewhat better. I live in Michigan so normally not good.

  3. Irene and Wilf Jess

    My husband has M.S for 20 years the summer months r better for him and ease his pain but winter is awful he has 2 wear hand splints as his hands and joints r really painful also his legs although we r in Northern Ireland we don’t get near enough warmth here hope ur all keeping well x

  4. Mindy

    Humidity is a big factor for me . I live in California . I feel great when the weather is 70 degree and the humidity is below 40 %. Once the humidity goes up over 40% I can feel it with tightness in my legs and tingling in my hands . If over 60% everything changes . Tightness and I feel like my nerves are buzzing all over . I feel like I am a walking humidity gage .


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