I like to be warm. I am “cold blooded” by nature and I hate the shivery, cold feeling. It ties my muscles all up in knots. I am fortunate to live in Florida where cold weather is for a very short season and it rarely gets miserably cold. Many people with fibromyalgia have said that weather affects their pain. Humidity, barometric pressure, rain, storm fronts, COLD, etc… I can’t say that I have seen a weather pattern with my pain, except for the cold weather. When it is bitter cold outside, my aches and pains are worse. I just don’t like to be cold.
Some things that I do to stay warm:
1. I’ve told you this before, but I love long, HOT showers. There has to be a lot of water pressure or it’s kind of pointless for me. I use the water pressure and the hot water to loosen up tight, painful muscles in my neck, shoulders, and back. (I am not a bath type person, but I hear that warm or hot baths with some Epsom salt is really nice! 🙂 Sheds toxins and lessens pain.)
2. A rice heat pack – you can read my thoughts about that from another blog post. I am sure a heating pad works very similar to a rice pack, but I have not tried it.
3. My feet are always cold. I love cozy, colorful, warm, fuzzy socks to wear around the house and keep my feet toasty warm in the winter. And some super soft slippers! I also keep lots of throw blankets laying around the house to use when I’m watching TV or cuddling with the kiddos.
4. I love to drink hot tea! (Maybe for you, it’s coffee.)
5. I recently read a very interesting article that Dr. Teitelbaum wrote about a study among fibro patients. They used wool clothing and bedding to keep fibromyalgia pain levels down during the winter. You can read that article here. I find it fascinating, although I have not tried it – wool and Florida probably don’t mix well. 🙂 But perhaps some of you northerners would benefit. It’s worth a read.
It’s winter!!! Time to keep your body warm and see if it reduces your pain levels during the cold season! Anyone else have any great ideas to lessen pain during bad weather?