Temperature Sensitivity in Multiple Sclerosis – Causes, Symptoms, and Precautions


MS, which stands for multiple sclerosis [1], is a central nervous system disease, including the brain and spinal cord. It is a condition in which the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers, resulting in a problem in communication between the brain and other parts of the body.

MS is a condition that is sensitive to temperature change. Even a slight rise of 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit can alleviate your symptoms and worsen your condition. You must be watchful of things that can cause sudden temperature changes, such as hot showers, warm weather, a heavy meal, a tight space, and exercise.

Symptoms of flare-ups caused by heat in a person with MS are not harmful and can quickly go away when you adjust your body temperature (cool down). There are several ways to maintain and control your body temperature to avoid heat.