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Air Conditioning Problems With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Does it Bother You? You're Not Alone!

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Updated June 13, 2014

Q: "I was wondering...

if anyone else has problems with air conditioning bothering their fibro??? With the hot weather approaching, I will be repeating last summer: sitting under my comforter with the air conditioning on..lol... sounds strange, I know... but it makes my legs ache and my arms flare up... Have you heard of this before Adrienne??" - Annette

A: Short answer? Yes!

Annette posted this question recently on my Facebook Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome page and I thought it was probably one of those things a lot of people experience while feeling like they're the only one in the world. It sounds crazy to run the air conditioner while curled up under a blanket -- unless you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome that features cold sensitivity.

I am one of those people who gets this! Cold air blowing on me can cause my muscles to tense up painfully and chill me to the bone in an instant. Once I'm chilled, I can't warm up on my own -- I have to find a heat source to do it for me. It can also make me a bit nauseous and just ... vaguely icky feeling.

A cold environment will gradually get me chilled like this, but it doesn't cause the same response as blowing air.

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