I just moved to a colder climate. The heat used to bother me but the cold is just as bad. Spasticity is getting worse. Other than staying inside all the time, what should I do?
First off, I would recommend that you establish with a new MS provider now that you are in a new area. Second, it is advisable to do plenty of stretching throughout the day to help with the spasticity; however, it appears that you may need help from a local physician through the use of anti-spasmodics.
Consider use of heating packs (that can be placed in the shoes or gloves) when outside in the cold is also advisable. Also make sure to wear plenty of layers with a wind-breaker to keep yourself as comfortable as possible when heading outdoors.
I suspect that working with a MS clinician will help so you do not have to be a prisoner indoors during this winter.
Hope this helps.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Virginia Mason Multiple Sclerosis Clinic