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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 5/21/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I am not having a good month.  It has been bad day after bad day.  so yesterday I spent some time in the pool with my girls, with sunscreen, on a comfy raft, just floating.  Did get a little pink because I have fair skin.
Today, my legs, arms, and back feel so squeezed.  My legs are actually hurting so bad, they are numb.  I have been sitting with ice packs.
question is:  did I mess up having a relaxing afternoon, or would this be a coincidence that I flare today?  Like I said earlier, this has been a very bad month for me - had electrical pains from my spine, numbness, these yucky MS hugs we get, vertigo - treated once already with solumedrol by mouth.
I hope you don't all feel I just this board just to whine.  so far you have all helped me with your kind words, understanding, advice as to what works for you all, etc.  Now I just need my body to cooperate and give me a break for awhile.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 2135
   Posted 5/21/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Any time I get overheated, even a little -- whatever symptoms I have of MS (plenty!) worsen temporarily.  Or when I get overtired, or overstressed....

If you're already experiencing other increased (or new) symptoms, it could be a small flare.


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

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 5/21/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie,
    There's nothing wrong with having a relaxing day.  Sitting out in the hot sun might not have been the best choice, but that really depends on if you are one of the many MS patients that's effected by heat.  Heat can make a lot of MS symptoms worse or introduce new ones but it's typically a temporary thing.  Once you get your body temperature back down, you should start to feel better after a while and notice things going away or lessen to where they were before.  If you stayed out much longer than you should have it might take longer to recooperate.   
    Fatigue and dizziness are the two big issues with my husband and heat.  If he stays out for a little while, and is aware of when he needs to go back in, it usually only takes him an hour or two to adjust.  If he really pushes it tho, it can take days for him to get back to how he is normally. 
    Don't worry, give yourself some time to adjust to what your limitations are, and I hope that this is just a heat thing and not another flare.  Regardless tho, I do hope you start to feel better.  And please post whatever you feel or whatever questions you have, I don't read your posts as whiney at all :-)
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/3/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Debbie,

I am a caregiver to my husband, who was diagnosed two years ago.  We live in a tropical part of the country, which presents a problem for us due to the year-round extensive heat.  We put in a pool so that my husband could benefit from the exercise in the water, but have fun and relaxation too.  We joke that his "thermostat" is broken because he doesn't seem to have the ability to cool off.  His neuro says that it can be a condition of the MS and it is very important that he remain submerged up to his upper chest in cool water; or if he overheats inside, that he take a 15 minute cool shower to bring down his "core" temperature.  I guess he knows how a woman in menopause feels VIEW IMAGE !

Don't stop playing with your children, they are wonderful healing energy.  But, you need to be mindful of the heat...



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