is it the weather?

by tinglyfeeling on April 22, 2009

cloudy againWhat effect does the weather have on your Multiple Sclerosis symptoms?

I’ve been marveling at how good I’ve felt during the last couple weeks, where Seattle temperatures, even when it was raining, hovered in the upper 50s to low 70s.

My symptoms had been so mild that I’ve felt almost normal–my legs weren’t heavy or slow, my arms and hands weren’t stiff or tingly and my body wasn’t suffering from crushing fatigue or achiness. I thought I’d found my temperature sweet-spot.

And then today, the temperature took a dive of about 20 degrees. It’s windy and damp and gray. Typical lame Seattle mood-swing weather. Sometime this afternoon, I crashed. Now I feel like crap. Sore body, extreme fatigue, clumsy hands.

Sure, there could be a number of factors involved in this sudden change in wellness, like what I ate today (super-dense chocolate cake) or how I slept last night (not well). Still, this morning, when I walked to my bus stop, I did a mental roll-call of my usual symptoms and found no signs of trouble. But even when I feel good, it makes me kind of anxious because I don’t know how long it’s going to last. The weather could get too warm or take a dip, causing my symptoms to get worse.

And here we are in Crudsville.

So what about you? Does the weather seem to swing your symptoms from good to bad to worse? Do you have a temperature sweet-spot? Or does it not affect you at all?

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  • http://www.bseplus.de/ Dirk

    Weather does have an effect on my MS too. I hate cold and grey weather in the winter time, and almost all exacerbations I had were in winter. The second last winter was a “warm” one and I had no problems. The last was really cold and long – and I got an exacerbation with huge side effects (defected right knee).
    I love really warm weather, a lot of sunshine with being outside almost the whole day.
    Greetings from Germany!

  • http://www.bseplus.de Dirk

    Weather does have an effect on my MS too. I hate cold and grey weather in the winter time, and almost all exacerbations I had were in winter. The second last winter was a “warm” one and I had no problems. The last was really cold and long – and I got an exacerbation with huge side effects (defected right knee).
    I love really warm weather, a lot of sunshine with being outside almost the whole day.
    Greetings from Germany!

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Dirk – Yeah, I thought I’d get a pass on temperature affecting my symptoms during the winter, but I discovered that the combo of cold & damp aggravates things. Stiff hands, slow legs, pain in my arms, etc. And in summer, anything over 75 + humidity = tingly & prickly all over. I hate being overheated. It makes me really anxious, actually.

    Glad you can look forward to sunny weather to give you a break from bad symptoms. Maybe this summer (my second since being diagnosed) will be easier than last, now that I have some idea of what I’m dealing with.

    Take care!
    xo

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Dirk – Yeah, I thought I’d get a pass on temperature affecting my symptoms during the winter, but I discovered that the combo of cold & damp aggravates things. Stiff hands, slow legs, pain in my arms, etc. And in summer, anything over 75 + humidity = tingly & prickly all over. I hate being overheated. It makes me really anxious, actually.

    Glad you can look forward to sunny weather to give you a break from bad symptoms. Maybe this summer (my second since being diagnosed) will be easier than last, now that I have some idea of what I’m dealing with.

    Take care!
    xo

  • http://www.greenandchic.com/blog Carla

    I do better in the cold – at least as cold as the Bay Area can get. Once it start to creep up to 80 degrees (even our dry heat), I’m miserable.

  • http://www.greenandchic.com/blog Carla

    I do better in the cold – at least as cold as the Bay Area can get. Once it start to creep up to 80 degrees (even our dry heat), I’m miserable.

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Carla – I hear you on the 80+. I get really cranky when it gets that warm, especially on high-humidity days. I was trying to think of somewhere I could move where it’s always 55-75 degrees. That would be perfect. Can you think of any place like that?

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Carla – I hear you on the 80+. I get really cranky when it gets that warm, especially on high-humidity days. I was trying to think of somewhere I could move where it’s always 55-75 degrees. That would be perfect. Can you think of any place like that?

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/symptoms/pain-here-it-comes-again/ pain, here it comes again

    [...] and dry weather we’ve been having in Seattle (might I have found another temperature sweet-spot?). And there’s been so much else going on (work crap, holiday shizz), that I haven’t [...]

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