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Cold Weather & Pain in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Getting Chilled to the Bone!

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Updated June 13, 2014

Cold Weather & Pain in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

One of the most common complaints I hear from people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome,especially this time of year, is how awful cold weather can be.  The cold seems to get into our bones and make everything tighten up and ache.  The cold can make our skin hurt, and when we get chilled it can be ridiculously hard to warm back up.

Some recent comments here really underline the problem and also bring up a good question: does it help to move to a warmer climate?  Here's what some people had to say:

"Weather is the biggest offender. I'd love to know if people who live in states where it's warm & dry have fewer symptoms?" -JennyG

"I have to move to Arizona.........winters in the midwest are brutal to fibro for me." -al sleet

"I live in the UK where the weather is often damp and cold, even in summer! We have now bought an apartment in Spain, because after a 'trial run' in a villa there in October 2009, where I found myself in a lot less pain (weather, less stress, less housework, etc.) we decided that it was a much better climate for me!" -Sharon

"I live in southern Arizona where we recently went through and unusual and dramatic cold snap (while everyone else was getting massive snow and ice) which broke many records. I noticed when the front came through my muscles tightened up quickly and the achiness went through the roof.  I moved here from Kansas last year because the changes in barometric pressure and temps were rapid and frequent as well as for the sun which I find very therapeutic. I was quickly reminded of the effects of sudden weather changes on my pain levels." -delere

On the other hand, many of us are heat sensitive, and some are sensitive to both heat and cold.  I'm in that last category, but I find do find heat easier to endure than cold.  I tend to have more pain, more fatigue and less energy in the fall and winter than in the spring and summer, and spring is my best season overall.

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