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Shower symptoms

Hi everyone.

I currently don't have MS, but have to see a neurologist and be tested for it. I just had a really horrendous time in the shower. I'm out about 40 minutes and still not completely back to myself.

Would anyone else get these symptoms in the shower because of the heat, or possibly the steam -

1. My upper arms get tired easily, get weak easily when washing myself or my hair.
2. Anxiety
3. Feeling like I can't breathe for a few seconds, and its not a panic attack. I do have to open the window widely when this happens.
4. Weakness in my body, sometimes feel like I could fall over.
5. Sometimes a spin or two of vertigo
6. When I'm washing my hair, the heat and pressure from the water has a horrible effect on my head, it puts a pressure on my head, or makes these above symptoms worse. Washing my hair is truly a nightmare. Most of the time I have to sit when rinsing my hair, as I'm afraid I'd fall over, and I just cannot take they heaviness and heat on my head. Its too much.
7. Feeling sick

Anyone experience anything similar, especially the weak tired arms, and the heaviness on the head when washing your hair?

I'm so sick of this happening whenever I go into the shower. For me it makes the shower an ordeal.

Thanks so much in advance.



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987762 tn?1331027953
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Hi and welcome,

If this is the only situation where it happens its possibly related to how 'hot' you are running the shower, the humidity created might be too high for you too and the shower/bathroom becoming more like a sauna, which can cause dehydration, blood pressure to drop and temporarily cause feelings of fatique, light headedness, dizzy, nausea, heavy limbed etc etc

I often recommend people check the side effects of any medication that they take, if they've had blood tests that found nothing becaue any medication that effects the central nervous system will potentially create minor symptoms similar to many different autoimmune conditions so you might want to look into anything you take.

hope that helps.......JJ
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Prior to about 8 years ago I never had this problem with the shower. I have the water warm as I can’t have it even luke warm because I’m always cold from an under active thyroid, especially my feet.

Any meds I take don’t cause this problem, and I was already on a lot of them prior to this problem  with the shower developing.  

I hate the shower, it’s horrible, and washing my hair is even worse.

I have about 20 symptoms of MS, brain scans that showed an increase in lesions over a few years, and I’ve to get tested for it.

Anyone have you this awful difficultly especially with washing their hair, and any tips for help with this issue?


Thyroid conditions can also cause some similar symptoms to those commonly associated with MS and other autoimmune conditions, as well as cause some abnormal neurological,  muscular clinical signs, hyperintense white matter lesions etc

Showering tips:
shower at the time of day you typically have  the most energy,
shortten shower rutine,
wash hair first,
use a shower seat - sitting uses less energy,
use a hand held shower rose if sitting,
moderate to cool water temp,
reduce room temp - open window and door a little, run ventilation fan,
install grab bar,
rest before  and after showering

hope that helps.......JJ


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