Managing Your Fibromyalgia This Summer

Sunshine, sandy beaches, smiles, and… fibromyalgia pain? Summer has begun and unfortunately for those with fibromyalgia, warmer temperatures can mean more frequent flares.

Many studies have concluded that patients with various rheumatic conditions, including fibromyalgia, felt that weather changes had a significant influence on their pain.

People with fibromyalgia in hot climates often report increases in muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety, headaches and even depression. Similarly, many fibromyalgia patients have reported feeling these symptoms in cold weather. Simply put — any type of extreme weather can cause discomfort.

This summer, it’s important to pay close attention to your body in order to minimise flares. These simple tips could have a big impact on your overall wellbeing:

Stay hydrated: Drink water consistently throughout the day, even if you don’t think you’re thirsty. It’s a good idea to carry a water bottle around, taking small sips here and there. It’s also important to try to avoid drinking alcohol as this will cause further dehydration.

Keep cool: Try and stay in air conditioned environments. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, consider fans or taking cool showers. Cool, damp cloths on your neck or ice cubes dabbed on your wrists can help keep you from getting overheated as well.

Dress comfortably: You might be surprised what a difference light, comfortable, and loose-fitting clothing can make. Bright colours and whites are always the best options, as dark colours tend to absorb heat.

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