Here is My Question:
I am a male who has lived with MS for many years. Although I have strength in my hands, I do have sensory loss in my fingers. In the past year or so I have noticed that my finger tips are more sensitive to heat & cold. For example, if I heat something up in a microwave oven and then try to carry the dish to the table it feels extremely hot to my touch. I always need to use a glove or have my wife carry the dish. The same with cold items. It seems the cold or heat are enhanced much more than I have ever noticed in the past. Do you think this is common as I grow older with MS or could it be something simple such as thinning skin? Thank you.
The extreme discomfort to tactile stimuli that normally wouldn’t be so noxious is called allodynia. This can happen due to MS or other possible cause related to nervous system injury. Your neurologist can help determine the most likely cause but also suggest potential symptomatic treatment.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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