Hey folks. Hope everyone is well.
I have a question about heat and cold tolerance, as I’ve been reading how very often ms symptoms can be temporarily exacerbated by a raise in body temperature.
I don’t have a diagnosis, and am by no means certain I have MS (my mom had fibromyalgia and had some of the same symptoms as me). My question about heat tolerance is whether some people with MS get it the other way around - cold aversion more than heat aversion?
The reason I ask is that for me, cold equals pain, and heat equals relief. If I get even slightly cold I start to hurt, and it feels kind of like tooth-ache in every bone in my body! But if I apply heat then I feel immense relief. And I’m talking about really hot - warm is nice, but nothing feels so good as really really hot water. My partner can’t stand to put her hand in the same temperature of water for more than a second, but for me, pulling my hands out of the hot water is what’s undesirable!
And worse is that it’s not consistent. Sometimes it seems to reverse and I crave cold, while heat causes pain. Generally though it is the cold i have to avoid.
I’ll squeeze in another question while I’m here if that’s ok! Cramps. With no dx my doctor has been very clear about not medicating any of my symptoms, but my lower leg cramps are getting unbearable. My calf muscles just sort of flutter about all day and night - it feels like there are creature moving about inside my legs! And because of all that constant activity I get cramps.
I’ve found one solution which is to wear tubigrips, and it helps a lot, but sometimes it’s just not quite enough, especially when it starts in my lower back too.
Any tips on managing and/or avoiding cramp?