Monday, June 4, 2012
Just crappy, thanks. You?
A Monday morning full of clouds and rain. MSers realize that summer is coming, and that means the Dog Days of June, July, August, and September (we don't discriminate). Heat and MS do not mix well.
The destruction of myelin, the protective sheath which surrounds and protects nerve fibres causes the formation of plaques on the nerves which slow nerve impulses. A build up of heat slows down nerve transmission causing symptoms to worsen.
Many people with MS experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid or they’re running a fever, sunbathe, get overheated from exercise, or take very hot showers or baths.
- MSRC.co.uk Heat Intolerance
So adding in the news from the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Center shown here, there's caution that should not be thrown to the wind, in fact should be kept in a back pocket. Since I didn't have any pockets, cautioned was swept away either by raking, or digging in my yard, or chopped up by the lawn mower and an allergic infection has settled very comfortably in my lungs. Last week was quite hot and being the he-man type (I can work in a yard for two hours straight, or I could in 2005 and I'm still standing up so I must still be good, right?) I breathed in all kinds of little nasties, and they've decided to add to the misery by setting up housekeeping.
I've got my cardio doctor this week, and I'll rest and relax as much as possible. The next in our series on good Mental Health is Something to Believe In. I'll let you know why that stopped for me.
How are you feeling today, anyway?