Most Fibromyalgia sufferers will agree that change of seasons can affect the pain of Fibromyalgia but can the hotter weather increase or decrease your pain?
Well, according to the website Fibromyalgia Symptoms, according to a study performed in 1981, a large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers may actually be sensitive to changes in the weather. In this particular study, 90% of patients claimed that weather was one of the most important influences on their fibromyalgia symptoms. And fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t the only ones to experience weather-related symptoms. The weather also affects people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis.
They say that warmer weather tends to ease the troublesome symptoms of fibromyalgia but when that baromatic pressure changes fibromyalgia sufferers often find that these changes in barometric pressure can ‘trigger’ muscle aches and pains. One thing that they say can also affect us is how the wind condition is. Whether it’s a light wind or a gale-force wind, wind generally causes a decrease in barometric pressure. This means that wind can trigger fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches in fibromyalgia sufferers.
One problem that I have in this sort of heat is that we automatically use fans around the house and although I want to cool down I can soon find that the draft can affect my neck and lumber spine, so I am constantly adjusting the fan to minimize the pain.
Blogger FibroDaze points out that “some heat sensitive people feel all-over heat sensations that seem to come from within their own body. Along with hot flashes, some people have problems with excessive sweating. Others may only have problems in their hands and feet, including puffiness and aching. Warm or hot weather can be unbearable with heat sensitivity.
When the weather gets warm, heat sensitive people with fibromyalgia often experience symptom flare-ups. Research has found that people with fibromyalgia exposed to hot temperatures report increases in: pain, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. They are also more likely to have heat rashes and heat exhaustion or heat stroke”.
So, in answer to my question does hotter weather increase or decrease your pain I guess the majority of us would say ‘yes’ it does definitely increase our pain. On that note and in this very hot period make sure that you are fully hydrated, cool down with a shower or cool bath, use cool packs instead of heat packs and wear cool clothing.