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    As the weather gets warmer, I'm thinking about ways to make the summer a bit more tolerable for me. I have MS-like symptoms and I have a very hard time functioning in the heat. So, I'm thinking of buying a cooling vest to use this summer.

    Does anyone here have one? If so, what kind would you recommend? What are the best websites from which to buy?

    Thanks.
    "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

  • #2
    There are a variety of types. There are gel pack, phase change, and evaporative types. Here is an overview:

    http://www.steelevest.com/?page=Comparison%5FL%2Ehtm

    Some, have pockets for blue ice type bags, but these can be pretty heavy. You also need to consider how high a temperature you must deal with, if you will be exercising with it on or not, and how long you need it to last before it is refrozen or recharged.

    Don't look at just medical cooling vests, but also those for industrial use (which are often cheaper).

    Also consider a misting system such as the Misty Mate which can be just as good for cooling:

    http://www.mistymate.com/

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      Thanks, KLD.
      "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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      • #4
        Great question. I was wondering how I was going to handle this summer (my first full summer w/TM). The end of last summer was horrible.
        Thanks for the info.

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        • #5
          DAnine, there are a lot of htreads on this in the apast. We seem to jump from "I'm too cold" to "I'm too hot" without ever passing through "just right!"

          A search for cooling vests brought this up.

          /forum/search.php?searchid=4343084

          You can tell from teh titles which ones to read. Betheny posted a lot of info last year, look for the thread by her.
          T7-8 since Feb 2005

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          • #6
            If you have MS, you may be eligible to get some free cooling equipment (not just vests) here:

            http://www.msassociation.org/programs/cooling/

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            • #7
              Thanks Jean and KLD.

              Sinbin, I'm glad this thread was a bit helpful!
              "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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              • #8
                Well, it hit 82F today, and this is the worst day I have had in a while. Not sure if it is the lower dose of Lyrica or the temp, but today sucked. I wish I had a vest right now. I think I will look into this sooner than later. For now, it's a glass full of ice.

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                • #9
                  do you know of any misters/sprayers that are not powered by pumping> Im a C7 quad (TM) and have trouble with that sorta stuff... I live in Tucson AZ where it gets into the hundreds and I am NOT looking forward to this summer...
                  Last edited by thorgirl; 04-28-2009, 01:06 AM. Reason: color

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                  • #10
                    Misty Mate makes a number that only need to be pumped initially and then can run for some time without having to be repumped to build up pressure. They also have some products that are battery powered.

                    (KLD)
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you all. I have this problem with sweating that has not been diagnosed yet. The websites referred above have been helpful. I want a Misty Mate!!!!!
                      http://brinaesau.blogspot.com

                      Without change, there would be no butterflies.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sjean423 View Post
                        DAnine, there are a lot of htreads on this in the apast. We seem to jump from "I'm too cold" to "I'm too hot" without ever passing through "just right!"

                        A search for cooling vests brought this up.

                        /forum/search.php?searchid=4343084

                        You can tell from teh titles which ones to read. Betheny posted a lot of info last year, look for the thread by her.
                        i got sorry no matches help i am the orginal dummy onputors

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                          There are a variety of types. There are gel pack, phase change, and evaporative types. Here is an overview:

                          http://www.steelevest.com/?page=Comparison%5FL%2Ehtm

                          Some, have pockets for blue ice type bags, but these can be pretty heavy. You also need to consider how high a temperature you must deal with, if you will be exercising with it on or not, and how long you need it to last before it is refrozen or recharged.

                          Don't look at just medical cooling vests, but also those for industrial use (which are often cheaper).

                          Also consider a misting system such as the Misty Mate which can be just as good for cooling:

                          http://www.mistymate.com/

                          (KLD)
                          i like that vest as i am out in sun on weekends 4 to 5 hrs before sun goes down
                          i can/t drink enough water or stay cool this looks like it will do the trick

                          nurse the pariffin looks to freeze quicker

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