Fibromyalgia and Heat Sensitivity


Fibromyalgia and Heat Sensitivity
Since we are experiencing temperatures in the 90 and 100-degree ranges, I thought it would be a good time to talk about how the heat affects many of us with fibromyalgia. Most people with fibromyalgia report having temperature sensitivity. Some are sensitive to cold, others are sensitive to heat, and still, others react to both.

This is what sucks about Fibromyalgia – it doesn’t seem to matter what time of year it is, what season it is – there is always something about the weather that affects our bodies and makes these illnesses flare up. Temperature sensitivity is a frequent problem among Fibromyalgia patients. Some of us can’t tolerate the cold weather, some of us can’t tolerate the hot weather, and others of us (like me) can’t tolerate either. My fingers, ankles, and legs will swell up like crazy in the heat and that just makes my muscles and joints hurt like crazy.

When my pain level goes way up anything touching my skin is extremely painful, including my clothes. In the winter, I feel like the cold goes right to my bones.

Yesterday and today have been a couple of rough days for me as far as the major fatigue and pain. It reminds me somewhat of the cold, winter days when I can wake up and know that it is really cold outside because my body feels the temperature. It’s the same with the heat and the humidity. I woke up yesterday and this morning with a bad headache and a lot of leg pain and I knew that it was hot and humid outside. Also, the heat makes me short of breath, dizzy and cranky.

As strange as it may sound to some, heat sensitivity is the most life-altering of all my fibromyalgia symptoms – even worse than the pain and fatigue. Before I go anywhere, I must make sure the temperature will be tolerable for me. I can’t tell you how many outings and events I’ve had to miss because of this problem. And I’ve had to miss my grandkids’ birthday parties that were held outdoors in the summer. In the summer months, I’ve basically held hostage in my own home in the heat of the day where I can control the temperature.

  • Over the years, I’ve tried several different techniques and purchased dozens of products in my efforts to stay cool. Here are a few tips that have worked best for me when I simply can’t avoid the heat:
  • Wear soft, lightweight clothing that fits very loosely.
  • Stick to light colors because dark colors absorb heat.
  • Stay hydrated. Make sure you always have a cold drink (preferably water) to sip on.
  • Avoid alcohol as it causes you to lose body fluids and tends to make you feel warmer.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Sometimes just soaking your feet in cool water can help cool your whole body cool down.
  • If you don’t have an air conditioner, put a bowl of ice in front of a fan to help cool the air.
  • Wet a bandana with cool water and wrap around your neck. This helps me when I’m working outside.
  • Take a dip in the pool during the hot part of the day

I’d like to hear from you. If you have fibromyalgia, does the heat bother you? If so, do you have any tips that help you with the summer heat?

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May 12: International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

May 12: International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

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The battles people with fibromyalgia fight against symptoms like widespread pain, fatigue and brain fog aren’t always visible to the outside world. But that doesn’t mean the battles aren’t happening, or that it doesn’t take an immense amount of strength to get through each day. That’s why people with fibro often call themselves “fibro warriors” — because you know how hard you have to fight to not only get through your symptoms, but also how hard you have to fight to be believed and to get the treatment and support you need.

May 12 is the day to raise awareness about this autoimmune disorder.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after a:
physical trauma
surgery
infection
or significant psychological stress.

In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

You can help spread awareness about Fibromyalgia by sharing this post. One of my favorite ways of spreading awareness is wearing a t-shirt about Fibromyalgia.

I ask that you help spread the word about Fibromyalgia awareness. Thank You!

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Fibromyalgia Causes Soreness

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Soreness from Fibromyalgia “Tender Points”

I wrote a blog post not long ago about fibromyalgia. I talked about when I was diagnosed and some of the symptoms.

Through my eight-year fibromyalgia journey, I have learned so things that help me with fibromyalgia soreness, stiffness, tender points, over all pain.

When diagnosing fibromyalgia, there are specific areas of the body that are examined called “tender points.” If a patient exhibits pain in many of these areas, it is suggested that they are suffering from fibromyalgia.

The truth about tender points is that they are actually tender “areas” rather than points because the pain within and around a muscle radiates to the surrounding tendons, or what is called “trigger points.” The interesting thing about fibromyalgia related stiffness is that it doesn’t matter whether you are standing, sitting, or lying down it is a constant reminder of pain or soreness.

In the morning when I first get up is when the stiffness is the worst.

What helps me is:

  1. Do some stretching before getting out of bed. While you’re lying flat on your back, and then while sitting on the side of your bed.
  2. Taking a hot shower in the morning can help promote circulation and relax your muscles. Just simply stand in the water and relax.
  3. Take long soaks in the tub with warm water and Epsom Salt. I like to use Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt for Pre & Post Workout. My doctor recommended I try it.  It relieves my body, and the aroma is wonderful. I was very happy with the suggestion. I hope if you try it,  it works as good for you.   
  4. Drink plenty of water throughout your day, and eat as healthy as you can. Try to avoid problem foods, such as those containing artificial colors, white flours, and artificial flavors and sweeteners.
  5. Get some exercise throughout your day, even if you are just doing lots of walking and stretching. Every little bit helps!
  6. Dress warmly for the winter months. The cold air will cause your joints and muscles to stiffen up.

Fibromyalgia can bring with it extreme and debilitating fatigue, which makes pain and other symptoms even harder to handle. Moreover, fatigue can significantly affect your ability to work, care for your family and also take care of yourself.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

In 2010 I was having a lot of pain and just was not feeling good at all. My husband (Stace) took me to the ER. At first the doctors thought I had a stroke. After all the test and blood work our family doctor said I had Fibromyalgia.

This was the first I had even heard of this disease. Fibro what?  This news blew me away. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of my life changing as I knew it.

Before fibromyalgia I was a very active person. A real go getter. Well, guess what…I was stopped in my tracks. I had so much to learn about fibromyalgia.

Over the last eight years I have learned what I can eat or not. What activities I can do or not do. I now know to pick my battles. If there is something I really want to do I know that I will be down for a few days.

If you would ask me what fibromyalgia is, my response would be pain; from the top of my head to the end of my toes. It’s pain intense from day to day and persists even with the use of scientifically accepted medical treatments. The pain experience is described as deep muscular aching, shooting, throbbing, stabbing, pounding and at times it is unbearable. I don’t sleep well, waking up feeling like I have been hit by a “Mack truck,” with morning stiffness or spasticity that makes it difficult to move. Repetitive movement seems to accentuate the pain and forces me to severely limit my activities, including exercise routines. This lack of exercise results in becoming physically unfit, causing my symptoms to become more severe. The other major complaint is fatigue so severe that I have a tough time performing everyday tasks, enjoying hobbies, staying employed. Sometimes I feel as though my arms and legs are weighed down by cement and my body feels so drained of energy that every task is a major effort.

My faith has been my rock to stand on. With my world falling apart  my faith is what keeps me a float.

Also I’m blessed to have such a loving, caring husband. We have a farm with livestock. Even on my bad days I still have to feed them.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia also known as: fibrositis, fibro myositis Syndrome that affects muscle and soft tissue.

Very common (More than 3 million cases per year in US) diagnosed by medical professional.

Diagnosis doesn’t require lab test or imaging. No known cure, treatments available

Fibromyalgia can be lifelong.

The exact cause is not known. It may be due to infection, genetics, or trauma. Symptoms include widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive difficulties. Treatment includes medication and lifestyle changes.

How fibromyalgia pain is described
Fibromyalgia is a specific kind of pain that’s chronic, widespread, and often accompanied by tenderness.

Chronic
The pain lasts a long time, at least 3 months or longer. Many people experience fibromyalgia pain for years before being diagnosed.

Wide Spread
The pain is felt all over, in both the upper and lower parts of the body. Many people with fibromyalgia feel their pain in specific areas of their body, such as in their shoulder or neck

Tenderness
Even a small amount of pressure can cause a lot of pain.

Symptoms
Symptoms may include:
Pain: constant dull pain that lasts for more than 3 months. Pain occurs on both side of the body.
Sleep problems
Cognitive difficulty: it is usually referred as fibro fog, difficulties in focusing or paying attention.
Fatigue: people with this condition often feel tired and weak, sleep for longer periods and wakes up with pain
Other co- existing symptoms may include:
Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep.
Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long.
Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome).
Tension or migraine headaches.
Jaw and facial tenderness.
Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold.
Feeling anxious or depressed.
Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet.
Shoulder pain
Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder).
Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise.

Treatments
First of all work with your doctor to focus on treatment is to reduce the pain associated with the disease condition and improving the quality of life.

Medication
Pain relievers: Relieves pain and body aches. Ibuprofen · Acetaminophen · Tramadol
Antidepressants: It is used to treat anxiety or depression associated with the fibromyalgia. Duloxetine · Milnacipran
Ant seizure drugs: Helps reduce symptoms. Gabapentin · Pregabalin

Self-care
Exercise Regularly
Get enough Sleep
Reduce emotional and mental stress: techniques such as meditation, praying, relaxation, breathing may help.
Eat balanced diet
Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Therapies: Physical therapy · Occupational therapy · Counseling
Causes
Exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, recent studies suggest that changes in the central nervous system, the brain, spinal cord, and nerves may be responsible for fibromyalgia pain. Fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves. These nerves may be responsible for the chronic widespread pain and tenderness many people feel. It’s believed that the following are responsible for disease development:
Genetics: Family history, the genes you inherit from your parents may increase the likelihood of developing fibromyalgia. This tends to run in the families.
Infection: Prior infections can trigger fibromyalgia and can worsen the symptoms.
Physical or emotional trauma: People with physical or emotional trauma have been linked to fibromyalgia.
Stress: Stress leaves its effect for long time, this can also be a trigger factor.
Autoimmune Diseases: People with disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to develop fibromyalgia.

 

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