Although the symptoms of Fibromyalgia can rear up at any time of year, the symptoms can often come on, or get worse with a weather change. Many sufferers feel that with a change in temperature, humidity, precipitation, air pressure and even wind, their symptoms can worsen.
Some of the symptoms that can attack with a weather change are fatigue, sleep disruption, muscle aches and pains, and headaches. Often times the number of symptoms that flare at one time increase as well.
Studies have been done that monitor a patient’s symptoms and the current weather conditions as well. The two were compared to see if there were any correlations. Some professionals suggest that a sufferer may want to do this experiment on their own as well. One can track their symptoms and the weather patterns to see if there are any symptoms that seem to be coming on because of weather changes.
Some have suggested moving to a more moderate climate, where the weather changes and season changes are not so dramatic. This seems to help some people, but often times a person’s body will recalibrate to that new climate and can still suffer symptoms even with small changes in the weather.
Other things that are suggested to help deal with weather changes are to dress in layers, brighten up your home on the inside and avoid colder temperatures. If you dress in layers, then you are able to remove or add a layer as needed. Going from a hot room to a cold room and then back again could aggravate symptoms.
Some people have found it helpful to add a light to the inside of the house, especially during the darker winter months, to brighten up the inside and almost act like the sunshine. It can really improve your mood. If you are out in the cold, try to bundle up and keep your extremities and skin covered, which may help to lessen some symptoms from the cold temperatures.
What affects each fibromyalgia suffer is different and unique, but there are some common factors that seem to affect most all sufferers and weather change is one of those. Being aware of that fact and being prepared for weather changes can decrease the affect it will have on your symptoms.