After scheduling all of the today’s positivity posts on facebook, I had a sleep day with my hot water bottle. I had no option really when my body says rest I have to oblige.
With the change in season and the decrease in daylight (even slightly), already my symptoms have started to exasperate for me. Usually, September through March is my nasty months. I tried to put this to the back of my mind, but already the pain has started to intensify, the waking in the night with breakthrough pain and I having to increase pain relief.
It is so easy to forget in summer when is shining on your body that the very painful season is coming. The painful season brings extreme exhaustion, a combination of low Vitamin D levels and chronic fatigue for me.
What Weather Factors Affect Fibromyalgia Sufferers?
There are five major weather factors that appear to affect fibromyalgia symptoms. This include:
Temperature: Rapid changes in temperature can sometimes trigger a fibromyalgia flare or help to ease fibromyalgia pain. Cold weather tends to make fibromyalgia symptoms worse while warmer weather tends to ease those troublesome symptoms.
Barometric Pressure: Barometric pressure is a measurement of the weight that is exerted by the air all around us. On beautiful sunny days, barometric pressure tends to be quite high, but during a storm or similar weather front, barometric pressure drops suddenly. Fibromyalgia sufferers often find that these changes in barometric pressure can trigger muscle aches and pains.
Humidity: Absolute humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor present in each unit of air. When absolute humidity is low, fibromyalgia sufferers often report headaches, stiffness, and flares in widespread pain.
Precipitation: Precipitation is the term used to refer to any type of water that falls to the ground from the sky, including rain, sleet, snow, or hail. Precipitation is often accompanied by a change in barometric pressure, and therefore may exacerbate your symptoms of pain and fatigue.
Wind: Whether it’s a light wind or a gale-force wind, the wind generally causes a decrease in barometric pressure. This means that the wind can trigger fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches in fibromyalgia sufferers.
Now is the time for preparation, start to gather all your essentials such as heat pads, electric blankets, hot water bottle. Yes, it is like being a doomsday prepper but you will be glad of it on painful days.
Become super organised with regards to repeat prescriptions. No way do I want to run out of Tramadol in my most painful hour of need as the GP receptionists nowadays have as much mercy as Davros’ Daleks.
Just go with the flow, it is time to accept that you will be more tired than usual as it is THAT season. There is nothing you can do about it so don’t feel guilty.
You can get through anything with the right mindset so REALLY appreciate all around you that is wonderful, the good people and unicorn magic as the winter can be tough so bank some happy funny times during Autumn to giggle about.