Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Terminology Tuesday: heat intolerance
One of the terms I've been asked to explore is heat intolerance or sensitivity. It's also something that I deal with because of my fibromyalgia, so that's fun. Issues with heat can happen with a ton of diseases and medications, so it's a wide reaching problem.
Multiple Sclerosis is one of the biggies with this. I watched my great grandmother deal with MS and it was hard to see her deal with the symptoms. I wish that she was still alive now that I'm an adult because I have so many questions for her regarding illness things.
Temperature is regulated in the hypothalamus:
It's supposed to send messages to your body to sweat when you're too warm to help cool you down. Sometimes it doesn't - or doesn't send a strong enough signal. Again that can be for a multitude of reasons.
It almost is like that feeling of when you get into a really hot car and your body freaks out yelling at you about getting a black car with leather seats... You may get headaches or nauseous or lightheaded.
I feel bad, but when I get overheated my brain kind of just craps out. I feel like it's a lawnmower that's run out of gas - and that makes it hard to get it started again too.
The most important thing to do is get to a cooler place. Turn your AC down a few degrees or sit in front of the fan and hop into a cool bath. Stick a cool towel on your neck or strip down to your birthday suit or lay on the floor since heat rises. I usually do a few of these things at once and it helps a lot. It's really important to keep these things in mind as we are in the middle of a heat wave in so many places across the globe.