If you find your Parkinson’s disease symptoms are worse in cold weather, you’re not alone. Many members on MyParkinsonsTeam note greater stiffness, pain, and other symptoms during the winter months. Parkinson’s disease (PD) impacts a person’s ability to regulate body temperature, which makes some people with PD more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
Winter weather is extremely unpleasant for some members on MyParkinsonsTeam. “This winter when the temperature dropped to [below zero], I experienced greater pain, stiffness, freezing, and slowness,” one member posted. “It was so overwhelming I could not find any remedies except five blankets. The pain was surprising.”
Several other members mentioned that cold temperatures can cause or worsen pain related to Parkinson’s disease. “I get cold very easily and I shiver,” a member wrote. “Because I am stiff it actually hurts to be cold.” Others agreed, “My back and neck are excruciatingly painful, more so than usual.”
Cold weather can also exacerbate Parkinson’s tremors. One member commented, “I have found that my shivering to stay warm makes my tremors worse.” Another MyParkinsonsTeam member added, “I also struggle with the cold now. It brings on my tremor, so I always have to stay warm.”
Some MyParkinsonsTeam members didn’t know about the impact of cold on PD until other members raised the issue. “I thought I was alone with my symptoms,” a member wrote in response to a question about cold weather.
Members on MyParkinsonsTeam share tips for dealing with cold weather. Their suggestions include:
On MyParkinsonsTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with and caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Cold weather is a frequently discussed topic.
Here are a couple conversations about cold weather and Parkinson’s symptoms:
Here are a couple question-and-answer threads about cold weather and Parkinson’s symptoms:
Does cold weather exacerbate your Parkinson’s symptoms? Share your thoughts and experiences below in the comments. You can also join or log in to post on MyParkinsonsTeam.
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