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Overheating during hot weather or in a hot bath is known to magnify symptoms in many people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

But for some, cold weather can be just as problematic. No one knows this better than Barbara Appelbaum, a 59-year-old semiretired motivational speaker and wellness coach who spent much of her life enduring the unforgiving winters of Chicago. She now relocates to the California desert during the most frigid months of the year.

Appelbaum felt certain symptoms of her MS appear or worsen on “bitterly cold” days. “I would get increased fatigue and also experience occasional shooting pains, primarily in my feet,” she says.


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