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.

Sigh.

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.


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