Fibromyalgia During Winter: A Blueprint
The biting bitter cold is enough to keep anyone inside. It’s the time for bundling up, roaring fireplaces, online shopping and unintentionally “bulking” up. Tis the season, right? The unfortunate part of winter is the horrible side effects brought on to fibromyalgia sufferers. As if everything wasn’t already in pain? Winter tends to exacerbate pretty much any symptom you have. To top things off, minimal sunlight throughout the day and the seemingly shorter and shorter days make for an awful season.
When your symptoms flare up and you feel like there’s nothing else you can do, try out the game plan we’ve put together for you:
When you bundle up to face the cold outside, you hardly think about how much you are going to sweat. It’s the last thing on your mind because you want to be prepared for the intense chill. Just remember: if you start sweating, blot yourself off with a cloth and change into dry clothes. Wearing damp clothes in the cold conditions of winter is one surefire way to get sick, hindering your progression you’ve made when dealing with your fibromyalgia. Mitigate damaging your progress by remaining proactive and not reactive when preparing to face the cold.
Although alcoholic drinks can make you feel warm, your body may actually be cold due to the vasodilation your veins do naturally. On top of helping manage your health, avoiding alcohol may the best option for you this season.
Hand Warmers to the Rescue
Some fibromyalgia sufferers swear by hand warmers for both their hands and feet. It may help ease the pain felt in the distal regions of limbs. Use hand warmers to keep your hands and feet warm when the winter chill is too much.
Stimulate the blood flow throughout your entire body by relaxing in a warm bath each night. Don’t make it too hot though — this can cause some muscle pain, making your symptoms worse. The therapeutic effect warm water can have on your fibromyalgia symptoms is often unparalleled. It’s been often said that the warm water in conjunction with light stretching may ease your symptoms. If you don’t have a regular stretching routine, try going for a light stretch while in the bath!
Dress In Layers
As previously mentioned, you really don’t want to sweat or wear damp clothing during the winter season. You can stave off symptoms by layering your clothes. Each time you get warmer, shed one layer. Ultimately, you’ll want to have a t-shirt on or something similar in case you go somewhere quite warm, and vice versa. Carrying additional clothing in your car as a backup is a fantastic way to make sure you don’t end up being too warm or too cold.
By following these tips, you have a better chance at defeating the winter’s grasp on your life. What do you do to fight off the winter? Please share in the comments! You never know — you just may help someone else struggling this season.