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Fibromyalgia pain seems worse in cold weather. Does the weather your affect fibromyaglia pain? For me, it surely does. It is another chilly, rainy day in the Midwest and I feel completely out of sorts. Cold weather causes more stiffness, aches, and pains. Add in the fatigue, anxiety and brain fog and it makes for a fun day. Even though I am not looking forward to the cold winter weather, I am happy to say good-bye to the heat and humidity of summer.
Hot and humid weather is even less tolerable for me. Hot flashes, excessive sweating, headaches, dizziness, fatigue. I lived in Fort Myers, Florida for three years. Loved the winter, but most of the year, it was too hot for me. I missed the changing seasons I grew up with in Illinois. Didn’t miss the extreme temperatures, pollen, and headaches.
Does Weather Affect Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
There is some dispute over if the weather really affects fibromyalgia symptoms. In fact, there is a recent study that says weather conditions do not affect fibromyalgia pain or fatigue. Really?
I have to disagree. I think weather plays a big role in fibromyalgia symptoms. It is NOT my imagination. In the study I mentioned above the participants had fibromyalgia for 4 years, on average.
According to an Internet survey of more than 2,500 people with fibromyalgia by the National Fibromyalgia Association, weather changes ranked second as an aggravating factor for fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain and fatigue. Most of the participants of survey had fibromyalgia for 10 years.
For me, my symptoms were milder the first few years. As time went on the pain and fatigue became worse, plus I developed more and more symptoms.
Fall Is My Favorite Season
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather and the leaves changing color. It also seems to be a time of reflection. A time to take stock of my life and decide where I need to make changes.
Before fibromyalgia came to rule my life, I loved fall house cleaning. Washing curtains, windows and scrubbing the walls was therapeutic. I would make a list and within a week, everything was done and crossed off the list.
Now, I make my list and know it is going to take at least a month or more. I also know some things may not even get done at all. I have to accept that my house will never be as sparkling clean and well-organized as it used to be.
What about you? Does the weather have an impact on your fibromyalgia symptoms and flare-ups?