What is Heat Sensitivity?
It has been shown that 60 - 80% of individuals with multiple sclerosis experience heat sensitivity, which occurs when changes in core body temperature slow or block the conduction of demyelinated axons. This change in the conduction of demyelinated axons can cause a worsening of cognitive, sensory and motor impairments. This could be why you can’t seem to muster enough energy to get out of the bathtub after a hot bath.
Heat sensitivity can occur during a variety of different activities and in various places. Fortunately, there are some strategies and equipment to help manage it. Some of these include wearing a cooling vest, drinking cold water and running cold water over your wrists.
Check out this lecture to see some of the different cooling strategies and equipment to help manage heat sensitivity.