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Spring Weather and Your MS Symptoms

By Daryl H. Bryant (430 words)
Posted in Living with MS on April 22, 2015

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Spring Weather and Your MS Symptoms

If you find yourself overcome with spring’s seasonal allergies and are worried about their effect on your MS symptoms, rest assured that – rather than a slight annoyance – you are at no risk of exacerbating symptoms. According to the National MS Society, there is no evidence that confirms seasonal allergies as a trigger, and many of those suffering from MS manage their allergies with over the counter medication. Don’t let your allergies or your MS symptoms hold you back. Take time this season to enjoy the warmer weather, the soft sunlight, and try to avoid any chance thunderstorms that might come your way this spring.

Spring weather means longer days and more sunlight, with only the occasional rainstorm here and there to spice things up. Sitting outside during a mild afternoon and soaking up the sun is a great way to get Vitamin D, something that can reduce symptom outbreaks. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked with the development of MS in some patients, so enjoying a day outside can make a big difference to your physical well-being. Enjoy a casual walk down the street or simply sit on your porch with a good book. Remember to listen to your body while you relax outdoors. Changes in temperature or overexposure to sunlight can cause symptoms to appear in some patients, but you can limit these outbreaks by paying attention to how your body reacts to the spring weather.

Listening to your body also means knowing what activities are appropriate and when. If thunderstorms or sudden changes in temperature trigger symptoms, schedule backup appointments just in case. Because spring weather can be unpredictable at times, follow a weather service on your phone or computer that can keep you up to date with weekly, daily, and even hourly weather changes. This way, you can appropriately anticipate the day ahead and avoid unnecessary stress and symptom triggers. Only you will know how to best prepare for your unique symptoms, so plan ahead and know when to reschedule if needed.

Always prepare yourself for whatever spring weather wants to throw your way, whether that means carrying an umbrella or scheduling appointments during the morning hours to avoid afternoon storms. If you’re affected by seasonal allergies, talk with your doctor about which over-the-counter medication will work best for you and your immune system. Don’t let spring weather or MS symptoms stop you from enjoying the blooms and beauty of change of the seasons, and always remember to seize your chance to enjoy the day and soak up the Vitamin D when you can. 

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