Climate and Fibromyalgia: How to Adjust the Internal Thermostat
It is common for people with fibromyalgia to say that certain types of weather conditions or changes in temperature worsen their symptoms. Many complain about being cold all the time, or hot all the time, or alternatively. And it is true, several studies confirm it: this symptom is called sensitivity to temperature.
In patients with fibromyalgia, experts explain, the internal thermostat is broken, a “deregulation” that makes patients more sensitive to certain conditions. That is to say, if it is very hot, it is likely that the person feels even more extreme. Your body will suffer in an exaggerated way, with more sweat, more thirst, more intolerance. This can lead to a decrease in pain, but also an increase in fatigue.
Some investigations show the body’s inability to adapt to changes in temperature, as well as a low tolerance for pain associated with heat and cold stimuli.
This is because people who suffer from fibromyalgia have a different impact from external stimuli: many have extreme physical sensitivity to certain situations. And time is no exception.
Pain, exhaustion and other typical symptoms are very much associated with time. It varies depending on whether it is cold or hot, but also depending on the humidity. In
winter, on the contrary, the pain becomes protagonist. People with fibromyalgia can experience a lot of colds and will take longer to get into the heat. In turn, the cold triggers the pain.
Moisture, on the other hand, can also increase the pain in the joints, affecting the general condition of the patient.
It is important to adjust clothes and heating to avoid these images, and to take them into account when planning a vacation and feeling good becomes the key to the person and the family. The cold is hardly a good ally.
Recommendations for hot days:
Eat cold food and drinks
Use an umbrella to shade
Use a visor instead of a hat
Wear loose, light, breathable clothing
Avoid hot baths or showers
Take a cold rinse before going out and before to fall asleep
Turn on the car and air conditioning a moment before leaving, enough to cool the car
If you use a fan or air conditioning, avoid blowing directly towards you.
Cold-sensitive people feel frozen on the bone and have trouble warming up
Recommendations for cold days
It’s important to keep in mind that in people with fibromyalgia, the body is not able to fit properly, so the feet stay cold, and even putting on thick socks may not help to warm the feet; As a result, the environment has a greater impact on the body. Some ideas to prevent this from happening are:
Keep your feet covered in cold weather
warm salad dressing (however, may dress too hot trigger heat sensitivity symptoms)
eat hot foods like soup and oatmeal
heat the car before leaving home
keep at warm and nice to
have things like blankets and slippers at your fingertips
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