What is Heat avoidance?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

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See also: Cooling Vest

Many individuals with MS 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.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
8
Moderate
10
Mild
7
None
34

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Heat avoidance

Fatigue 13
Avoidance of the sun 10
Difficulty doing chores 7
Anxious mood 5
Tremor in hands 5
Loneliness 2

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Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using Heat avoidance (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 1
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Duration

Currently Using Heat avoidance
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 0
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 103
Stopped Using Heat avoidance
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 0
1-2 years 0
2 years or more 1
Adherence
Always
29 49%
Usually
27 46%
Sometimes
3 5%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
12 20%
Somewhat
23 39%
A little
11 19%
Not at all
13 22%
Cost per month
$200+
2 7%
$100-199
1 3%
$50-99
1 3%
$25-49
1 3%
< $25
24 83%
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17 patient evaluations for Heat avoidance

tazbaby4eva
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tazbaby4eva
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Jan 18, 2013 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fatigue: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The heat is very touch and go with MS

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Hope_In_Christ
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Hope_In_Christ
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 27
Condition: Central Sensitivity Syndrome 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Central Sensitivity Syndrome

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Jun 23, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for CRPS I (Complex regional pain syndrome type I): Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Swelling in right foot: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Heat rashes: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Chest and face flushing: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: As needed

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Sapphyr
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Sapphyr
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: severe
Vision: severe
Speech: severe
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Jul 20, 2010 (Started Aug 15, 1997)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Heat intolerance: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: Difficulty doing chores

Dec 14, 2008 (Started Aug 15, 1997)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Heat intolerance: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
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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