A new study suggests that weather does not have a uniform effect on people with fibromyalgia. However, researchers concluded that some individuals with the condition are sensitive to certain weather conditions.
For about a month, they looked over symptom reports from people with fibromyalgia and then compared them to 50 different aspects of the weather. While some people did seem to react to certain conditions, they didn't find any consistent patterns.
This is something many of us probably could have predicted, from having conversations with our fellow fibromites. Some of us are heat sensitive, some of us are cold sensitive, some of us are both. Some are bothered by wet weather or barometric pressure changes. Some don't have any particular reaction to the weather. As usual, nothing applies to all of us.
I've been annoyed by a lot of the headlines I've seen on stories about this study. Most of them simply declared weather had "no impact" on fibromyalgia symptoms. It's one of those cases where people who scan headlines (which, let's face it, is most people these days) will get the wrong impression. So when your son or coworker or neighbor tells you you're wrong about your weather sensitivity, you'll know where it came from!
This conclusion doesn't match those from a study last year, either. That paper said increases in humidity, rain, and heat could lead to more pain the next day for some of us. Those researchers said weather conditions seem irrelevant - it was the changes that got us. You can read more about that study, as well as a poll on what weather bothers people like you, here: Effects of Heat, Humidity & Rain.
I personally have issues with both heat and cold. I haven't paid enough attention to know whether the changes above or in barometric pressure has any effect on me.
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