Blog Classic: July 19, 2010
Are you staying cool and hydrated during this hot weather? Those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome should take extra precautions to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion/heat stroke.
Most of us have some form of temperature sensitivity, which can mean that we get overheated easily and our bodies just won't cool down like they should. That's believed to be because of autonomic nervous system dysfunction, or dysautonomia. The autonomic nervous system controls homeostasis -- things like temperature regulation, heart rate, blood pressure, and physical responses to stress. Sure seems to fit, doesn't it?
It's important to know the symptoms of dehydration or heat stroke so you can keep it from getting too bad. Some of them may be hard to distinguish from your regular symptoms. They include:
- Dark, possibly strong-smelling urine or inability to urinate
- Dry nose & mouth
- Nausea & vomiting
Water is great for preventing dehydration, but once you are dehydrated you need something that includes electrolytes, such as:
- Sports drinks
- Broth or soup
- Fruit juices
- Fruits & vegetables
Staying hydrated can help you avoid heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke. About.com First Aid Guide Rod Brouhard has articles that include symptoms and treatment of both problems:
Have you had problems with dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke? Do you take preventative steps? Has it been harder to prevent these things since you've been sick? Leave your comments below!
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