Temperature Regulation

Problems with temperature regulation happen in people with cervical and high thoracic injuries. Your body temperature will change somewhat with the air temperature around you. So if you are in cold places your body temperature will drop and in very warm places your body temperature will rise. However because of injury your body will not react the same as an uninjured person i.e. your inability to perspire or your skin to shiver.

In hot weather your body temperature rises, you may get a headache, feel dizzy, or nauseated. Your face and neck may become red. If you take your temperature it may be 100 or higher. In cold weather your body temperature falls. You may feel chilled and your teeth may chatter.

If your body temperature is high, get out of the heat if at all possible. Sponge off your body with cool water and drink plenty of fluids. Go to an air conditioned room or use fans. One good tip in hot climates is to carry a hand sprayer filled with water and spray your face, arms and legs at regular intervals. The effect of evaporation will cool you down. If your body temperature is low cover with blankets