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paw2006
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   Posted 5/7/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read a lot about heat with MS but what about really cold temperatures or when it is damp outside.  The last month or so when my hands get really cold I find it is hard to straighten mine out or do small things like tie my kids shoelaces.  I have noticed a lot of curling in of my baby finger and ring finger and at times they stay that way for hours.  It is something new so I was just curious.  Hoping you all had a good weekend.
 
Pam.

uppitycats
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   Posted 5/8/2006 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Some people do indeed find cold as problemmatic..or sometimes even more...than heat.

There also is a disorder that sometimes is associated with MS called Reynaud's Syndrome -- it is when the blood vessels in your fingers and/or toes go into spasms, cutting off the blood supply to the fingers.  They'll turn white, then blue, get very cold and stiff, and painful...

once the spasm passes (which it will, in time; sometimes putting your hands in warm water will help) they'll come back to normal, but it'll sting and hurt until they do.

Reynaud's can be triggered by small things -- grabbing something frozen out of the freezer, or a cold wet bottle of juice from the fridge....


...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Neurotransmissing
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   Posted 5/8/2006 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, uppity, thanks!

I too have this problem with cold. I had no idea there was an association to Reynaud's Syndrome. I'm also wondering if mine is caused by my thyroid troubles though, I'm freezing! Very unusual for me to be cold the last few years!

~ Cindy
~ Living in the Solution Eliminates the Problem ~
!!! The only dumb question I have is the one I don't ask !!!
 
Dx'd With the Following: 
  • Multiple Sclerosis (Secondary-progressive; 12/2005)
  • Hashimoto's Disease (Thyroid Function; Winter (?) 2003)
  • Sleep Disorders (Primary, Being Sleep Apnea; 12/2004)
  • Dermographism (Allergy, Dermis; 9/2005)
  • Recurrent Seizures (Seizure-free Since 1/06; 8/2005)


BGD2Me
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 366
   Posted 5/8/2006 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
We have been having a cold, wet spell the last few weeks. Lysha had been seeming to get back to "normal" before the cold hit, but she has been having what seems like quite the exasberation since the cold arrived. She is at the rhuematologist right now, so hopefully we might get some answers today. Don't know exactly what to expect, but can hope for something.

Hope you are all doing well,

Justin
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.


Neurotransmissing
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   Posted 5/8/2006 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Justin!

Sorry to hear Lysha is not feeling well. Hopefully she'll get the answer and the solution; looking forward to seeing what the Rheumy says, if you wouldn't mind posting an update. As for me, I didn't have problems all winter; it's also been very cold and rainy here recently, strange that this would come now but wasn't a problem for me prior during the actual cold seasons (maybe it's the rain/wet part that's so ongoing). Hmmmm ... I hope this isn't "yet another" new development for me. I'm grateful to have you all.

~ Cindy
~ Living in the Solution Eliminates the Problem ~
!!! The only dumb question I have is the one I don't ask !!!
 
Dx'd With the Following: 
  • Multiple Sclerosis (Secondary-progressive; 12/2005)
  • Hashimoto's Disease (Thyroid Function; Winter (?) 2003)
  • Sleep Disorders (Primary, Being Sleep Apnea; 12/2004)
  • Dermographism (Allergy, Dermis; 9/2005)
  • Recurrent Seizures (Seizure-free Since 1/06; 8/2005)


vonnie28
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   Posted 8/25/2006 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am the same way!!!  Hot weather does not bother me.  When I get cold be it air conditioning, outside temperature, wet outside--- my MS goes crazy.  My job is highly air conditioned.  I have to make sure I am warm or I will begin to twitch and jerk/ stiffness/ fatigue.  When it is warm/hot I am loose and ready to take on the world!!!

DFC
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 136
   Posted 8/25/2006 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
   Hi All,
     Just getting over a flareup. I notice with me it is the changing of the seasons and quick fluctuations in temperature that does it for me. Heat or cold  by themself doesn't seem to be as aggravating as the humidity when it is warm or dampness when it is cold. I will say that if I had my pick I would take heat over cold anyday and that is not good coming from a Canadian. Being a January baby you would think that I would love winter....not so (lol)!  Give me warmth anyday. When I retire, maybe I will become a snowbird. Love my country hate my weather. yeah
  Dale
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