Connection Between Body Temperature and Relapsing-remitting MS, Fatigue Seen

shutterstock_140916433Researchers from the Kessler Foundation has shown for the first time that relapsing-remitting MS or RRMS can lead to a patient having an elevated body temperature. The same condition is also linked to worse fatigue. Findings of the study are published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The study involved a total of 112 participants. The group was comprised of 50 patients with RRMS, 22 patients with secondary progressive MS or SPMS, and 40 matched healthy controls. The researchers measured the body temperature of the participants. They examined whether resting body temperature among patients with RRMS was elevated. They also went on to determine whether the elevated body temperature is linked to fatigue, a prevalent and common symptom among patients suffering from the said disease.

The researchers found out that patients with RRMS indeed show elevated body temperatures as compared to the other study groups. According to James F. Sumowski, a research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, “We found that body temperature was elevated among patients with RRMS and linked to worse fatigue. Our findings support those of randomized controlled trials of cooling garments and antipyretics, which have been shown to effectively reduce fatigue in MS. More studies are needed to investigate the complex relationships among fatigue, body temperature and inflammatory processes in RRMS.”

Funding for the said project was provided by the National Institutes of Health and the Kessler Foundation.

Source: Kessler Foundation. “Body temperature linked to relapsing-remitting MS, fatigue.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 March 2014.

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