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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


The winter months can be particularly difficult for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Symptoms such as rigidity, pain, and even depression can increase during winter for some people living with MS.

People living with MS can find it harder to get around during the winter as some surface can be uneven and snow and ice can pose increased risks. it is wise to assess if you really need to go out during very bad weather.

Driving can also be difficult, and for disabled people who rely on public transport like buses, the extra passengers using such vehicles can make getting around more of a challenge.

Winter tips

  • If you are a wheelchair user, wrap a small blanket around your legs (tucking it underneath yourself or around your sides) to help maintain body heat. 
  • Talk to your nurse or GP about how best to manage your care during the colder months.
  • Make sure your prescriptions are ordered and up to date.
  • Keep your home well stocked with non-perishable or long life food items in case of severe weather. 
  • Plan any activity or journeys well and take your time. It is better to be a bit late than put yourself ot risk by rushing which may lead to emergency care .

Your MS specialist nurse or doctor can give you reliable information about MS symptoms and treatments.

For more information and advice, visit NHS Choices MS, or ring NHS 111.

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