Climate and fibromyalgia: how to adjust the internal thermostat
It is common for people with fibromyalgia to tell that certain types of weather or changes in temperature worsen their symptoms. Many complain of being cold all the time, or hot all the time, or alternately. And it is true, several studies confirm it: this symptom is called temperature sensitivity.
In patients with fibromyalgia, experts explain, the internal thermostat is broken, a “deregulation” that makes patients more sensitive to certain conditions. That is, 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 cause the pain to decrease, but also the fatigue to increase.
Some investigations show an inability on the part of the body to adapt to changes in temperature, together with a low threshold of tolerance to pain associated with stimuli by heat and cold.
It is that people who suffer from fibromyalgia have a different impact from external stimuli: many have extreme physical sensitivity to some situations. And the weather is no exception.
Pain, exhaustion and other typical symptoms are very associated with the weather. It varies according to whether it is cold or hot, and also according to humidity.
In winter, on the contrary, pain becomes the protagonist. People with fibromyalgia can feel a lot of the cold, and will take longer to enter the heat. In turn, the cold triggers the pain.
The humidity, on the other hand, can also increase the pain in the joints, affecting the general state of the patient.
It is important to adjust the clothing and heating to prevent these pictures, and also take them into account when planning holidays and feel good becomes key to the person and family. The cold is hardly a good ally.
Recommendations for hot days:
Consume cold foods and drinks
Use an umbrella to shade
Use a visor instead of a hat
Wear loose and light clothes, made of a breathable material
Avoid hot baths or showers
Take a cold water rinse before going out and before going to sleep
Turn on the car and the air conditioning a while before leaving, enough to cool the car
If you use a fan or air conditioning, avoid blowing directly towards you.
People sensitive to the cold feel frozen to the bone and have a hard time warming up
Recommendations for cold days
It is important to keep in mind that in people with fibromyalgia the body is not able to adapt properly, so that the feet stay cold, and even putting on thick socks may not help to warm the feet; Therefore, the environment has a greater impact on the body. Some ideas to prevent this from happening are:
Keeping your feet covered during cold weather
Dressing warm (however, dressing too hot may trigger the symptoms of heat sensitivity)
Drink hot beverages
Eat hot foods like soup and oatmeal
Warm up the car before leaving home
Keep the environment warm and nice to
have things like blankets and slippers on hand
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