What is Heat avoidance?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

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See also: Cooling Vest

Many individuals are sensitive to heat and their symptoms become worse in a hot environment. For these individuals, heat appears to decrease the ability of damaged nerves to conduct electrical impulses, resulting in increased symptoms.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Heat intolerance 388 44
Fatigue 126 23
Multiple sclerosis 80 5
General health 22 7
Improve mobility 17 3
Cognitive impairment 11 3

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 10
Moderate 10
Mild 14
None 39

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Heat avoidance

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 12
Difficulty doing chores 7
Tremor in hands 5
Anxious mood 4
Loneliness 2
Skin problems 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Heat avoidance

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 13
as needed 4
all the time (24/7) 1

Why patients stopped taking Heat avoidance

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 3
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Duration

Currently using Heat avoidance

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 17

Stopped using Heat avoidance

Duration Patients Percentage
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 32
Usually 37
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 36
Not specified 33
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17 patient evaluations for Heat avoidance

Aug 24, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heat intolerance)
  • Side effects
    Severe (difficulty doing chores)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Find something vaguely sociable to do when avoiding the heat - I play the guitar and other listen :) ...as if they have a choice!
Side effects: difficulty doing chores

Jul 20, 2010 (Started Aug 15, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heat intolerance)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (difficulty doing chores)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: difficulty doing chores

Dec 14, 2008 (Started Aug 15, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for heat intolerance)
  • Side effects
    Mild (difficulty doing chores)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Not being able to tolerate temperatures over 24C affected my ability to enjoy fully our holidays with our children as I shifted my day such that I want out in the early in the morning and in the evening. Being alone to go to the markets and do the shopping before my family woke was not a problem! :)
Side effects: difficulty doing chores

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Jan 18, 2013 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Severe (feeling tense or on edge)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The heat is very touch and go with MS

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Jun 23, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for complex regional pain syndrome type I)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for swelling in right foot)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heat rashes)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chest and face flushing)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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