Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Understanding What to Look for with MS Cooling Vest or Multiple Sclerosis Cooling Vest

When it comes to purchasing a MS cooling vest or Multiple Sclerosis cooling vest, what do you need to keep in mind for finding one that works for you?

Not all cooling vests work for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

There are many different cooling products available and the best one for you depends on your personal situation, activity and environment.

The main types of cooling systems are listed below, along with their advantages and limitations and on whether they can help you find relief when it comes to Multiple Sclerosis heat related problems.

* Evaporative Cooling Vest

Key Advantages: Light weight, low cost, excellent cooling in dry climates, cools for many hours

Key Limitations: Requires soaking the garment in water, poor performance in high humidity climates, lowest overall cooling energy.


* Cold Pack Cooling Vest

Key Advantage: Very high cooling energy for moderate cost, light to moderate weight, effective cooling in all climates, cools for up to 4 hours depending on environmental conditions, may be used under clothing.

Key Limitations: Requires access to a freezer and time for the packs to freeze

Helpful for Multiple Sclerosis, but requires longer time to freeze the ice packs and doesn't stay as cold as long as the phase change, since the water in the ice packs thaws out faster than the phase change ice packs, but this will work for MS cooling if you can't afford to buy the cooling vest with the phase change ice packs.

* Phase Change Cooling Packs cooling vest

Key Advantage: Controlled release of a constant temperature of 58 degrees F or 14 degrees C, packs may be recharged in ice water, no freezer required, effective cooling in all climates, but the ice packs do freeze faster and stay colder longer if placed in a freezer or a cooler with ice water in it. Can be re-cooled much quicker than water ice packs and stays colder for a longer period of time. Cools for up to 3 hours.

Key Limitations: Weight a bit higher and cost higher, than water ice packs, but is colder for longer and easier to get ice packs cold again, once they thaw out than with water ice packs.

Some health insurances will cover purchasing this type of cooling vest, but often you have to purchase the cooling vests with the ice packs first and then provide the needed documentation, with the help of your doctor, to your health insurance to justify the purchase to them so that your health insurance can reimburse you for the purchase if the cooling vest.

* Active Cooling cooling vest

Key Advantage: Most effective deep cooling, adjustable cooling, light weight vest and provides extended cooling between reservoir charges. The system will provide many hours of cooling before the ice and water needs to be recharged.

Key Limitations: High cost, tethered system that requires power and an ice water reservoir.

This type of vest makes it so that you can't move around from one location to another, since you need to plug into a power source and carrying around the reservoir makes it less useful. The other problem is that you need to periodically add more ice to the reservoir for the cooling vest to keep you cool.

This type of cooling vest will work for MS cooling, but the price is so high that most health insurances won't cover the cost of purchasing this type of cooling vest.

When it comes to purchasing a MS cooling vest or Multiple Sclerosis cooling vest, search around online first to see what is out there, and then call and ask questions to find something that will work for you.

Cooling vests for Multiple Sclerosis are effective ways to cool off and beat the heat with Multiple Sclerosis to help you to function better, in spite of the heat, but even if you are wearing a MS cooling vest, be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, since if you do not drink enough water, you can still have a problem with feeling dizzy, nauseous or feel like passing out from you getting too dehydrated.

Wearing a cooling vest doesn't mean that you still shouldn't drink cold water, during hot weather.

Click on the link if you would like more information about natural ways that we have found to help calm down more of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis -- MS natural

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Sherri said...

i bought a cooling vest... one of those with the ice packs that is supposed to stay cool for 3 hours...the vest holds 12 packs...

i was so excited to get this thing finally! i mean, we are in our 40th or so day of triple digit temps... and high humidity to boot...

and let me say... i am so disappointed... the ice packs began leaking... after freezing, before even being put into the vest... a few of them had small tears in them... i didn't realize this until i was wearing the vest and my hubs asks why i'm all wet...

since i bought 2 sets of ice packs, i replaced the leaky ones... good to go.... wrong... the vest kept me cool for about 30 minutes whilst sitting in the shade...

i have had much better luck with the neck wraps...

http://tamingmultiplescelorisis.blogspot.com said...

I think you should call the place where you bought the vest and ice packs and return them for a full refund. I bought a cooling vest recently, with extra ice packs and the ice packs don't leak and it works great! My cooling vest takes 4 ice packs, 2 in the front and two in the back and it does a good job on cooling me down and helping to reduce my MS symptoms, as well as with helping me to function better, in spite of how hot it has been. The ice packs stay cold for 2.5 to 4 hours (depending on how hot it is in the room you are in and on how overheated your body is. The ice packs are made of non-toxic material that freezes much faster than regular ice packs and it only takes 45 minutes to refreeze them in the freezer. You can also make the ice packs refreeze most of the way by putting the ice packs in a cooler of ice water for 10 to 15 minutes if you are not nearby a freezer. My cooling vest is red, but they do have other colors too. The website that I purchased my cooling vest from is http://store.coolvest.com/p-23-original-rpcm-santa-cooling-vest-red-white.aspx

I'm not sure how to make this a link, so you will have to copy it into the address bar on your browser. I hope this helps you!