Sometimes the most basic tasks cause extreme exhaustion to those with multiple sclerosis. In a recent Just a Mommy with MS forum, I marveled at others that experience the same discomfort after a shower as I do.
I believe it has to do with the change in body temperature. I enjoy hot showers, but once I get out and am wet and exposed to cool air, I feel very tired.
Using the hair dryer also elevates my body temperature, and, once again, my body goes from cold to hot.
According to EMedicine Health, “At higher temperatures nerve conduction decreases, which could lead to further slowing in the transmission of messages in nerves that have already lost myelin.”
This is a similar occurrence that happens to some after exercise, soaking in hot tubs or exposure to extreme weather.
Luckily there is a solution: a shower chair and/or safety bar. Another option is to take a shower at night, and that way you can lie down and fall asleep without the stress of needing to be somewhere else. Some find taking cold showers are more comfortable.
Sometimes we have to let go of our stubbornness and utilize a solution that can make our lives easier.
Do you get exhausted simply taking a shower or a bath? I would love for you to share how the heat affects you.