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mamanan
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, stop laughing at all us poor Northeners, but please do pass along your medicinal rum, that might do the trick!

I haven't seen the sun in 4-5 days. We have had a bit of snow, but not much, and the temperatures have been above seasonal. Today it dipped down to -3*C (sorry, I don't know how to do the conversion to *F) and we are getting a bit more snow. That's great, really, b/c the kids were running out of ammo. I'd rather it snow than rain so they can play outside. But the point is it is still MUCH warmer than it will be in a month or so.

If I wasn't working tonight, I'd have a blazing fire going. As it is, I have the heat jacked up and my space heater going. I am wearing 2 pairs of socks (the second is a big fleece pair, so comfy!) a Tshirt, sweatshirt and a wool wrap around sweater. My fleece throw is on my lap, and I am typing (slowly) with fleece gloves on. And I am still cold!!! I think there are icicles forming off the end of my nose.

How do you get warm?

I don't think I'd want to take a bath even if I had time. The thought of getting undressed gives me shivers. I have an electric blanket, but it doesn't work very well. I'm getting another very soon. I drink lots of herbal tea for a warm beverage, and I'm turning into soup b/c that's all I want to eat for lunch. My poor dh, I'm turning into the frigid ice queen! devil
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   Posted 12/3/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hello mamanan...I hang around on the CP forum, and just happened to see your post about staying warm. My wife and I just got one of those infared heaters, and love it. It is supposed to cut your heating bill by about 35 to 50 percent. It's one like the EdenPure that Paul Harvey talks about on the radio nation wide. Ours is a comfortzone...and it's wonderful! Just thought I would throw it out there...and you can do your own reserch on them. Hope you have a pain free day!
 
   Michael

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   Posted 12/3/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mamanan,

Thanks for the great reply to my post today.

In the morning I head to New Hampshire from Florida until mid January. I know many think I need my head opened up. But I love it there and my son lives in Boston.

this morning I forgot a major "comfort item", alpaca socks. Could not get through the winter up there w/o them. Also my fleece Ugg slippers. Now I am not a fashion icon but alpaca is the absolute BEST. I suffer from foot pain and the cold makes it worse.

Keep that throw handy.

Patsie

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   Posted 12/3/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan -
I love the north, but sometimes I just feel cold. My solution is a good heating blanket, which I use only to pre-heat the bed, and my little tiny hot tub.

The hot tub is one of the little triangle ones for 2 people and it fits in a small space in my bathroom. I'm not one of those people who like to go out in the snow and freeze their hair off. I don't even have a huge bathroom, and it fits in a corner. Once I get my body temp up I feel so much better! Just a few minutes helps first thing in the morning, just before bed or anytime to take the edge off the fibro pain, especially when I'm having a flare.

I'd love to have some rum in the tub, but it's got sulfite. No wine or beer for me either with a sulfite allergy.

My only other remedies are a fleece vest and a warm winter scarf around my neck.

Good luck!
Alcie
 
 


sore-to-touch
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   Posted 12/3/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in buffalo and it is cold a lot so what I use believe it or not is the thermo heat wraps can get expensive but they do sell cheaper versions everywhere I put one between my shoulder blads and it keeps me warm for 9 hrs so I put on in the evening and sleep with it and wow not tense from the cold and it really help be become unchilled.

crazykitty
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   Posted 12/3/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan, I used to live in WI so I remember cold. This might sound crazy but to warm
up I snack on salsa and chips and tend to eat more spicy foods.
 
You sound like you already have the layering of clothing going on. You could wear a hat
inside your home. They say warm air escapes from people's heads. The medicinal rum smilewinkgrin sounds good.  Hope you warm up.
 
Hugs
 
Robin

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   Posted 12/3/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sore to touch, I thought you wrote that you HAD a buffalo. All I could think was hmmm, I suppose cuddling up the buffalo keeps you warm!!!!! Does he come in your house?? hahahaha

those silky long underwears from target are really awesome.
Sue

mamanan
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   Posted 12/3/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the replies and giggles (Sue, I actually did LOL, and dh looked up and asked what was so funny ;) )

~Michael, dh and I are actually in the market for a new heater, so thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into those.

~Patsie, I have a really hard time with foot pain right now too, hence the double socks. We have ceramic floors, and when I felt the cold through my slippers, it made my feet ache something fierce. Those socks sound good too... maybe a pair in my stocking? hmmm.

sore to touch, what a great idea!!!! I had a trial heat patch in my menstrual pads one time, and I loved it... so warm and comforting. I never thought of that, but it would warm your core, and feel good on my poor aching back to boot. I'll put that on my list next time I go to the pharmacy. I do remember they were expensive though. What kind do you get?
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MrsCavbar
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   Posted 12/4/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
MamaNan,
Right now I'm wearing a set of the smooth in****ating underclothes, a longsleeved t-shirt, a t-shirt, a cardigan and a hoodie on, as well a set of heavy fleece pants, a heavier fleece blanket in my lap with my heating pad with my micro-fiber aloe enchanced fuzzy socks and a pair of memory foam house shoes. I bundle up all day long, and drink hot chocolate and coffee or a chai. After I come home from the store or get back to my chair from cooking or whatever, my heating pad goes on my feet and another goes on my back LOL My family will buy whatever they think looks comfy for me, for Christmas they're getting me a heated chair pad. Another thing that helps is to get the warmest and heaviest coat possible, it retains heat better and sometimes the weight will keep my back from cramping. I got mine from Burlington Coat Factory from the men's dept, I guess they think women don't get that cold or aren't outside long enough to be. LOL Maybe some directional heat too, might help. Like a portable heater fan, pointed at your feet. My husband has one for his 'external fixator' leg scaffolding to keep the metal from getting cold, he says it keeps him nice and toasty. This old house we live in has a floor furnace and we keep a stand fan on one side of it, blowing into the room we're in, so it can be directed from one room to another. I just winterized our windows yesterday, to keep out drafts so if you have a window near by that could be causing some of your chills.
Lola

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sore-to-touch
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   Posted 12/4/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Mamanan
I use the local drug store pharmacy brand, they are wonderful and much cheaper then the Thermo but if you get a good coupon I buy the reg. They warm me so well and works two fold on my pain between my shoulder blades as well.

I personally at this point dont put any amount of money on things that work, if it works I buy it.

Also to all my readers and new friends I recently was turned onto a new product it is called

Black Cherry Concentrate by Dynamics I buy it at our local feel rite store but it can be purchased online as well.

One tablespoon strait up in the morning and it works for the inflamation and pain. I was suprised but only after one week wow. WOrth a try

Warm hugs to all

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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I wrap myself up in a blanket and use my microwaveable corn bag under to keep me nice and toasty. Of course, I usually fall asleep shortly thereafter because I am so warm and snuggly:)
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deme
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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
you mentioned Tshirt, sweatshirt and a wool wrap around sweater.

When layering clothes I found faded glory long john style shirts in the men's section at wal mart. They are very soft, cottony, and keeps some of the heat trapped in. My husband swears up and down by body armor but it was to tight and close to the skin for me to wear.

I make up a big pot of chilli and freeze portions and will eat on that for lunch time.

"I don't think I'd want to take a bath even if I had time. The thought of getting undressed gives me shivers."
I'll put a space heater in the bathroom and let it warm up in there before a bath. If I dont have time for a bath I'll put my hands under the sink or soak my feet in hot water.

My mother-in-law has a electric fleece throw blanket she keeps by her sofa....I really gotta get me on of those!!!!!

Good Luck Keeping Warm!

SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 12/4/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a Snuggie, and it is absolutely wonderful for keeping me warm. I also have a space heater. one of the perks for living upstairs ion the winter is that when our downstairs neighbors have their heat on, it helps to warm out apartment. One of the crappy things is that our windows leak, so cold air does come into the house. Here's an idea for you. Go into your bathroom, and shut the door. Turn on your shower to about the hottest it will get. It will get very steamy and warm in your bathroom. You can just sit in there and warm up. But, be warned. When you leave the bathroom, the rest of your house will seem really cold for a while. I hope this helps. Oh, just wondering, where do you live?
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   Posted 12/4/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I just joined a YMCA that has a steam room. After I walk in the pool I sit in the steam room and stretch my muscles. It is lovely. I am imagining it in January when it is -10 (Farenheit) here. I also love to take a vacation in Florida if possible. This year it may be a few days in Arizona. Diane
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Littleneck
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   Posted 12/5/2009 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I wear silk thermal underwear every single day. On wamer days I wear the light silk, on colder days I have thick silk. If I don't have the silk next to my skin I break into cold sweats when I'm cold. It is SOOOO miserable. My heating bills are sky-high, I admit, and I wear a wool ski hat inside my house (when my scalp doesn't hurt too much).

To fall asleep, I have a special "Bed Buddy" that I made with basmati rice that I mixed with tiny pinches of coriander, garam masala, and curry. I heat up the bed Buddy, tuck it under my neck, and drift off to sleep and dream I'm in an Indian restaurant eating lovely spicy curry.

And I'm going to Hawaii in six weeks. :)

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   Posted 12/5/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   

We do have cold snaps here in Florida.  Since we are so used to warm weather, anything in the 50's and below is bone-chilling for me.  If I get really chilled, I'll turn a hot shower on, get out of my clothes quickly and let the hot water warm me.  Then, I put on two pairs of slacks, two long sleeved tops, etc.  Because my body is warm from the shower, the layering of clothes really help to keep the heat in.  In the mornings, before getting dressed, I will wear two winter robes to have my breakfast.  This really helps me.

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mamanan
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   Posted 12/5/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
SassyMyKitty, I live in Northern Ontario. Western Ontario (I lived in Thunder bay for awhile, across from the Minesota border), and the prairies get much colder, but not as damp. Here it gets so damp, it chills me right to the bone.

Diane, a sauna sounds so heavenly right now!

The thermal underwear are another great idea, thank you. And why not a hat? I do wear gloves inside after all, lol.

Littleneck, have a wonderful trip in Hawaii!

Sherrine, it is what you are used to. I went on a trip to Scotsdale, AZ a few years back. This was at the end of March. They had more rainfall that week than they usually get all year, just our luck, and the first few days were cool and very windy. Many locals were dressed in parkas, while dh and I were in shorts with long sleeve sweaters!

I wonder why being chilly is such a problem for fibromites? I mean, why are we so susceptible to it?
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 12/5/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I've often wondered why I am so sensitive to temperatures. But I know why the cold makes me hurt. When it is cold, my body hunches and tenses up because I am cold but trying to be warm. The longer I go through that, the more I hurt. But when I get warm, my body relaxes and starts to calm down again.
 
Littleneck, I am so jealous! I wish I could go to Hawaii and lie on the beach with a gentle sun on my body and the sound of the waves hitting the sand. It just sounds so relaxing, and I really need a vacation. Got an extra ticket? LOL. I hope you have a wonderful time.
 
I would also like to try the silk thermal underwear. I have these wonderfully warm pajamas, but I still get cold in them sometimes, and when I do, I get cold sweats, and it is just so miserable and it makes me feel gross, like I need to take a shower. So I am really interested in this underwear. I love those pajamas, but I don't wear them for fear of getting cold sweats.
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   Posted 12/5/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like fashion went out the door when fibro came in for all of us. We are having a cold spell too, 15 degrees when I got up. I have my little heater on the couch next to me as close as I can stand it. We have an electric blanket on our bed which is a must for DH and I. I dress in layers too I have my heavy hiking socks on, slippers (I buy all winter shoes a size bigger so I can wear heavy socks with them), sweats and a T-shirt, fleece jacket and robe. Don't know what time I will get warm enough to get up and leave my heater this morning.
 
Alcie, tell me more about your little hot tub if you would??? I'm ready to take out the big garden tub in our bath and replace it with something smaller. I asked for a hot tub for my birthday year before last but found out on my birthday we had bought the grandkids a little 4-wheeler instead. eyes
 
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   Posted 12/5/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I wonder what is wrong with me? lol I here you all, the cold hurts, from aches in my feet and hands, to the painfull chills making my skin hurt. But I seem to be the only one here who is just as sensitive to heat.  I can tell the second my house goes above 20 degrees (room temp) and I get miserable!!  My feet feel swollen and burn, my hands gets stiff with that swelled up feeling, and I feel like I can't breath right.  In the summer it can keep me up all night.  My hubby likes to go nuts with the wood stove in the winter, and often I get so overheated that I run outside and plunk my feet in the snow, because even thought they hurt when cold, it isn't as yucky a feeling as being a degree too warm.  Does anyone else have sensitivity to heat?  When overly warm I get chills and goose bumps, and it makes my skin hurt too.  I do know that often my body temp is in the low range, between 96.5 and 98 if that makes any difference.  I would love to hear from people who have learned to cope with the awful heat problems!

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   Posted 12/5/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm probably a barrell of laughs for people today, but oh well here it goes

I dress up in long jons, even if its my mans LOL
I put leggins on then sweats, then flannel lined jeans
I put a tank top, a turtle neck shirt, 2 sweaters
I put soft & fuzzy socks on then go 2 additional pairs of socks then a wool pair
I put my soft fuzzy slippers on
Run to my bed jump in it
Qrap around all my covers (3 comforters, 2 fleece blankets, afgan, eletric blanket, and my sleeping bag unzipped and on top of all that)
And of course a hat on
 
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   Posted 12/5/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG how do I edit posts???
Qwap was supposed to be WRAP

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   Posted 12/5/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Who has a snuggie? or a snuggle? what is that thing called? I have always wondered about the backs. They look like backwards robes and I wonder if your butt gets cold while your frontside stays toasty warm.

I am sitting at my desk in long underwear pants, knee socks, slippers, tank top, thermal top, sweatshirt. I often will wear a beanie and fingerless gloves, but it is warm enough now. I have hot tea, too. We have a wood burning stove and have figured out a way to circulate the heat through the house some. It is 67 degrees in the back room and with all the layers, I feel good.

Hubby is awesome. He is a big man and gets hot, but he stokes the fire for me because he knows it hurts me a lot to be cold.

Sue

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   Posted 12/6/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah fashion is out the window with us. I personally were long johns to work under my clothes and doulbe sweaters or sweats, very romantic. But if I am cold I ache if I ache i am miserable so I guess making a fashion statement it is.

Let me ask to any if not all of you get terrible feet and hand cramps that make you look like a cripple. Mine get so bad that I feel like they are going to break into pieces.

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   Posted 12/6/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh on those cold morning lately here in Coastal NC in the 40's even high 30's I think this am.  Yeah Yeah I know boo hoo but it is cold to me now.  I am orginally from UP of MI and that would have been summer weather LOL

 

But to get warm my handy dandy electric throw I can bring from bed to lazyboy.  My 3 fat cats my personal hot water bottles.  My Pomeranian so sweet he is and fluffy with hair keeps me warm. Oh of course my Chubby Hubby can cuddle me if I get really Chilly Willy.

have a good day!


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