Temperature sensitivity in multiple sclerosis: a patient-centered perspective

Takeaway

  • The types of temperature sensitivity vary significantly amongst persons with MS (pwMS). Overall, they are primarily impacted by changes in environmental conditions, leading to significant worsening of fatigue.

Why this matters

  • The negative effects of heat and cold on MS have been known for many years. However, knowledge on the triggers, and the effects on quality of life, and thermal resilience practices at the level of individual pwMS is lacking.

  • Patient-centered evidence on the impact of and response to temperature sensitivity could play an important role in the development of individualized healthcare plans for temperature-sensitive pwMS.