We're starting into my worst time of year for fibromyalgia symptoms. I'm so not looking forward to it!
I can feel what I call "late-summer weariness" settling in. It's too hot to do anything outside, especially with my new, medication-induced sun sensitivity. The air conditioner can't quite keep up, so the house is too hot, which wears me down. Temperature sensitivity has my hands and feet puffy and aching, and I can't get my wedding ring on at all. Once my forehead and the back of my neck start sweating, I can't get them to stop.
And looming ahead - the change of weather, which really seems to bother me. My kids go back to school in two weeks, which will throw off my already dysfunctional sleep schedule and make our schedule busier. They'll bring home all those germs that beat up on my pitiful immune system, so I'll be sick regularly.
All of these things conspire every late-summer/early fall to make me achy, run down, foggy, and all around not good. I know that extra pacing, rest, and keeping up with my treatments helps, but so far I haven't been able to find anything that really takes the "bleh" out of it.
I've come to accept that my flower beds will never be properly cleaned out in the fall, and that my daughter's birthday (in October) and all of the holidays that follow will creep up on me. I usually start to feel caught up around Valentine's Day. My fibro behaves itself best in the spring and early summer, but this year, the arthritis hit hard then and tanked my productivity.
When it comes to holidays, I really have to plan ahead, because otherwise it's the day before and I'm utterly unprepared. A long-time fibromite in my forum offered up her holiday survival plan several years ago, and when I stick to it, the season goes much more smoothly. It's here: The Holiday Survival Guide.
Does this time of year bother you? What are your best and worst times? Does anything help you get through the rough season(s)? Leave your comments below!
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