Autumn can be a beautiful time of year, with the turning colours of the leaves and the cool, crisp, change in weather. However, for some sufferers of fibromyalgia it can also herald a negative change in terms of their symptoms. Weather sensitivity is often cited a side-effect of fibromyalgia, and a wetter, colder climate has been associated with inducing a flare in pain and other symptoms. These may include:
- Disrupted sleep pattern
- Muscle pain/fatigue
In a previous blog post about how heat may impact your fibromyalgia symptoms, we cited the website fibromyalgia-symptoms.org, in identifying the following five weather factors that can affect fibromyalgia patients:
- Barometric Pressure
Although researchers have been unable to identify the link between weather conditions and fibromyalgia, there are a few helpful suggestions on the internet as to how you might try to mitigate/cope with a flare in symptoms:
- Dress in layers
Dressing in layers helps to trap air and keep your body warm. If you find yourself getting too hot, it’s as simple as shedding a layer or two.
- Get some sunshine
As days grow shorter, serotonin levels will decrease – this can have an adverse effect on your mood and energy levels. Dr’s often recommend that you get outside for at least 45 minutes a day. However, if you find yourself housebound, buying a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamp can help to combat the depressive effect connected to a reduced exposure to sunlight. Be sure to speak to your GP and check the manufacturer’s instructions before use.
- Stay active
Try some light exercise. A quick Google search for “Fibromyalgia exercises” will give you access to a range of choices on Youtube, from simple stretches to pilates. Even spending 5-10 minutes a day doing some yoga or stretching can have beneficial effects.
- Find a good book~
Reading a good, uplifting book can be a great way to raise your spirits. Goodreads.com is full of great recommendations and helpfully divides books into categories, so that you can indulge yourself in your favourite subject.
- Take up a hobby
Finding an enjoyable hobby can be great way to both lift your mood and distract yourself from the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia for a while. There is a handy list of fibro-friendly hobbies that has been put together by fmnet including ideas such as photography and writing, to creating a herb & flower garden.
We hope that the change in season brings you more joy than aggravation this Autumn, and do remember to share any tips of your own!
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