Every summer I seem to get worse and worse or perhaps my tolerance of the symptoms is just getting lower! We do not have central air conditioning in our house, so it is very miserable and it is not uncommon to have temperatures into the 90's. However mid 80's with high humidity is the most common. Over the past few years we bought a few window units which help, but it isn't the same as having an entire house fully air conditioned. It's amazing to me how much of a difference my health is from the winter where I feel pretty decent most of the time to summer where I feel debilitated nearly every single day. The fall and winter is my time to reflect on the things I had done during the summer to recover. Even though some of the things I have done to help other health issues, absolutely NOTHING even touches the heat intolerance.
What the heck is it about the heat that makes me feel so awful? It is the vasodilation of the blood vessels or is it due to a true dysautonomia like decreased sweating? That is something I have not been able to find much information on. I never had the QSART or autonomic testing done because CC was not very cooperative with me and the hassle of simply getting the report from there discouraged me from going back. That's for another post though. Any way I do not know if I have a sweat impairment, but it is definitely possible.
One interesting thing I believe goes along with my heat intolerance is the fact my skin has difficulty in feeling warm temperatures. What I mean by that is I can wash my hands under water that would burn the hell out of my husband or I can drink burning hot drinks that no one could even sip. I also have a high pain tolerance, so even if I start to feel the "burn" it is already way too late... There has to be a correlation there. It is like my body does not even sense I am feeling hot or getting hot until it is too late.
By the time summer comes around I hope to have tried out a few more ideas and theories. Maybe, just maybe one of them will finally be the answer to my problems.
Here are a link to an mitochondrial dysfunction site talking about heat intolerance.
Cool ideas for adults and kids with heat intolerance