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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/11/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
As the weather is turning cooler I would like to suggest something that may help many of our fibros who are affected by the cold weather. When I told my husband that the cold made my muscles cramp up and caused me discomfort he said, "Well turn up the #$%^& thermostat!" I was worried about how much more it would add to the heat bills. He went ahead and turned the heat up anyway... to 70º! We hadn't had our heat set to 70º in the winter EVER!

This made a huge difference in my pain and I actually found that 68º was just fine. I wear layers of clothing to prevent chilling and have flannel nightgowns for bedtime. And the kicker is that the total increase in cost for us was about the cost of two pizza dinners for the whole winter! We have a very thickly insulated home and storm windows so all that suffering that I was doing with the heat set at 65º during the day and 62º at night (or whatever dumb numbers I was trying to pull) really didn't save us that much and really contributed to my pain.

If you have a little wiggle room in your budget then I suggest keeping the house a bit more comfortable. It's less expensive than pain meds and helps me keep moving.
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Kythe
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   Posted 9/11/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I find that the heat bothers me much more than the cold does, but I do find that that adjusting the thermostat by just a few degrees can make a big difference. While 76 degrees is often too hot for me, 74 is usually ok. Then I tend to turn the thermostat down to 72 at night to prevent me from waking up overheated in the middle of the night(doesn't always work though).
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anonymouse
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   Posted 9/11/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't run the air and my house HAS to be 78-80 degrees or I flare and get super sick. My family burns up but the cold is too much for me. And we haven't even turned on the heater this year. But I figure what I saved in electricity we will average out in natural gas this winter. (I like to justify things. lol) And even at 80 I am bundled up. It's not good to be me. :(( lol

Piercings
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   Posted 9/12/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm usually one to have the pile of blankets on the couch while watching tv. The small cost of running a heating pad under them makes it happy/cozy for me. Besides, with the lap blanket made of cats, I have natural heaters. smurf

Sue2z
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   Posted 9/12/2008 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Our power bill was right up as we converted from gas to reversable air cond but I have to have it really warm so that the rest of the family are always complaining saying its like a sauna, even so I have to wear a scarf, its like every part has to be covered.  We are going to have to look at the cost though it was just so much up. I might just have to look like a bag lady over winter.  suez2 shocked shocked shocked
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GamJill
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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie for the cool weather suggestions.
I will try them out- this is going to be my first winter with fibro. UG!
 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I've got my little heater out already for chilly mornings. This morning it is 68 but we have had mornings in the 40s, so not ready for this. cry
 
I started dressing in layers when Peri Menopause moved in with us. Since my internal thermostat is broken I continued dressing in layers even after Peri Menopause moved out.
 
For me it's not just the pain the cold causes, I literally can not move when I'm cold. I've been like that long before fibro.
 
Jeannie, I don't know how many people live in your house but the electric mattress pad helps a lot at night and we turn the heat way down since it is just the two of us, right now.
 
A thermostat that you can program helps too. You can set it so it will be warm when you get up.
 
I'm sure Little Miss Sunshine will add her solutions to the cold. devil
 
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AustenFan
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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing that I have found to be really helpful is a heated mattress pad.  I can't stand the weight of a heated blanket, but if I put another soft mattress pad over the heated one, it is really comfy.  No more getting into cold sheets!
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GamJill
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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Marlee-

I was in the GAP kids store the other day and they literally had a t-shirt that has "Little Miss Sunshine" on it. I thought of you and Sherrine right away. I would have bought one and sent it to Sherrine but the sizes were too small! :-)


 
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Cold???  What's that?  smilewinkgrin   
 
We do, occasionally, have a cold front come through so the nights and early mornings are chilly.  Then it's back to the 70's.  devil    You newbies will hear all about my great weather here in Florida when the cold weather starts to arrive.  cool
 
I keep my thermostate at 79 degrees in the summer months and 72 degrees for the cold snaps.  But during the day, I have my sliding doors wide open!  Don't worry.  I'll have another virtual party this winter so you guys can thaw out and I WILL be home this time.  Got to keep an eye on Gamjill and her pink flamingos!  shocked
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 9/12/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Piercings, how can you stand to have blanket of lap cats? My little kitten is less than four pounds, but after 15 or 20 minutes of having her on my legs, they are killing me! I also can't stand to have heavy blankets on me at night, or when I'm reading or watching TV. I can't stand to wear more than one layer of clothes. How do all of you gals with costo stand several layers? The weight of them is my problem. Diane
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Meggie
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   Posted 9/12/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm good in the house. I have a lot of blankets (I'm covered in one now and the husband is in shorts and a T), slippers and a nice warm robe. My problem is going out in our cold Michigan weather. My muscles tighten as soon as I open the door. Winter can get so cold here and with the wind chill, yikes.

The building I work in is really cold in the Winter too. It's not just me either, everyone is cold and has space heaters (we are not supposed to have them but oh well). I have actually worn gloves and an extra sweater. I'm not looking forward to the colder weather and it seems to be hitting a little early this year.

Meggie

Marlee2
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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
An extra layer of clothes does not bother me but I think a pile of cats on me would. The only piece of clothing that bothers the costo is the torturious bra which I rarely wear in the winter.
 
Hmmm, think I figured out why Florida is so warm. devil
 
Yes, Sherrine invite us all down New Year's Day and we will leave, oh by Easter. We won't be virtual guest either, you will be able to see us everyday, day after day.
 
You will have to pace yourself GamJill.
 
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GamJill
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   Posted 9/13/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   

I have my calendar marked already for Sherrine's New Years party! yeah

It's cooler than normal here already and the winters get long the way it is- I'm with you Marlee, it will not be virtual- she will have us real and in person!! Sherrine's going to be saying to herself, is it spring yet?? And, when are they going to leave!??  smilewinkgrin


 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 9/13/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Wasn't there a movie out about house guest from h&^^??? That will be us. Oh Ken will have to fly down every weekend for a visit too. devil
 
It's actually warm and humid here this morning. Storms in forecast all day, again.
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 9/13/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't you remember? I'm going down to Florida in just 3 weeks. I think I should stay with Sherrine until it is warm here again. Probably around May smhair Diane
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Marlee2
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   Posted 9/14/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't go til after the holidays RedDiane but you keep her busy. Just sit back in a lounge and let her wait on you hand and foot and maybe she won't have time to aggravate us.
 
Sherrine, I have to have 600 thread count sheets on my bed and I like them rinsed in Downy lavender vanilla fabric softner.
 
Right now we don't have to worry about the cold, we are being flooded again. Geez the rain this year has been unbelievable. I live on a lake again.
 
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GamJill
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   Posted 9/14/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Sherrine- I can't get there till after the holidays either (have to be here for the grandkids). But will leave in time for the New Years party!

I like my pillow on my bed to be real flat (for my neck), and comfortable sheets of course!

It's been raining and cool all weekend here Marlee- my body let me know that yesterday. shocked

So really we don't need this post anymore because we won't be staying in the cold too long- thanks Sherrine, your the best!!! GamJill


 
 
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