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

Side effects of Heat avoidance

Severe
8
Moderate
10
Mild
8
None
34

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

Patients
13
Patients
10
Patients
5
Patients
5
Patients
2

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Dosages

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

Currently Using Heat avoidance
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
0
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
0
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
87
Stopped Using Heat avoidance
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
0
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
0
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
1

Adherence


Always
Patients
30
50%
Usually
Patients
27
45%
Sometimes
Patients
3
5%
Never
Patients
0
0%

Burden


Very
Patients
13
22%
Somewhat
Patients
23
38%
A little
Patients
11
18%
Not at all
Patients
13
22%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
31
107%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
2
7%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
3%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
1
3%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
1
3%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
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

See tazbaby4eva's full Heat avoidance history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Hope_In_Christ
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Hope_In_Christ
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: 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

See Hope_In_Christ's full Heat avoidance history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Sapphyr
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Sapphyr
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: severe
Vision: severe
Speech: severe
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See Sapphyr's full Heat avoidance history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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