The country has been baking in an extreme heatwave over the last few days. How has that affected my MS?
This week has seen the UK experience new record high temperatures, in what very much feels like the real effects of climate change. Parts of England have seen in excess of 40 degrees Celsius. Fortunately, Glasgow has peaked at 28 degrees, which is more than hot enough for me, MS or no MS.
It seems to be quite common that people with MS experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid. According to the National MS Society in the US these temporary changes can result from even a slight elevation in core body temperature.
Thus far the temperature has not adversely affected my MS. I’ve not experienced any additional or increased symptoms in the heat. I’ve struggled to stay cool and hydrated in such a heatwave but that’s independent of my MS. Generally I feel better in warm (maybe not this warm) weather although if it is accompanied by humidity, my asthma gets worse and I have to reach for the inhaler.
A look at my Twitter timeline shows that the effects of the heatwave are varied. Some people are laid out by the heat as their MS protests. Others are in the same boat as myself, finding it provides some relief.
It’s just yet another example of the unpredictability of MS. What happens to me, might not happen to you. We’re all on a journey but it’s different for all of us. However you react in a heatwave, stay safe and stay hydrated everyone.