How does Fall affect YOUR fibro?

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   Posted 10/23/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
We all are aware that a change in seasons or weather can make our pain go wild! Some of us have more aches in our neck and shoulders, others have more leg pain and some even have pain in the top of their head! Yep, brushing my hair is so painful any more.

I find that I have way more middle body pain. All of the time my shoulders/neck/arms hurt, next my legs. But when the weather starts changing in the fall and into winter I get so much more pain around my ribs and even more headaches. I try to keep warm, use heat pads and lots of snuggley blankets and of course I love a really hot shower...ahhhhhh tongue

So, how does the change in weather from summer to fall affect your pain. And what are you able to do about it? Do you have to take any extra medication? Bundle up? Fly to a warm climate and leave the 6 rowdy kids with your hubby (who will soon be your ex) Just kidding on that one. Hopefully by sharing we can reduce the pain level of our Fibro Family Friends!

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   Posted 10/24/2009 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
You know, I have always really liked Fall. Last Fall I wasn't so sure - this Fall I'm not liking in the least! I am having a LOT of back pain, almost every single day, and arm and hand pain. It's been a couple of days since I've been online because my fingers hurt too much to type. I've been trying to get enough sleep and sometimes have to take extra Tylenol or pain meds, while trying to work at least 3/4 time at my job. The least exertion is wearing me out as the weather gets colder, so I'm aiming low for now - just trying to stay warm and flexible, trying not to dread winter.
(Maybe this will be a great time to plan my move to a warmer climate!)

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   Posted 10/24/2009 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
This is when I usually end up at the drs to get the depo shot to help with the pain. Thankfully, I've only
had one "flare" so far. Last week it felt like someone was sitting on my head and trying to poke my
eyes out from the inside. I broke down and took  2 flexoril and a darvacet. It killed the pain but the
drymouth lasted for nearly 2 days. Not worth it. I'm looking into herbal equivelents of both.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
My pain in the fall is much worse. I get really stiff and achy, and it continues throughout the winter. I also have horrible allergies in the fall, so I add awful sinus headaches (including teeth pain) to the regular fibro stuff. Yuck.
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   Posted 10/24/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
To tell you how bad things have been I have resorted to taking part of a vicodin in the afternoons Chutzie and with my medphobia it took a lot to do that. But I have also been doing a lot more in the past several weeks trying to get the house cleaned and organized so between the weather and that it's not been fun. This is down to the bones ache which I don't normally have.
My granddaughter brought the baby over yesterday for 5 hrs and at almost 19 lbs he is a chunk and I feel bad that I don't hold him that much but my hands can't take it.
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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Fall has always been my favorite season, with all the beautiful colors here in Chicago, but certainly, it is the toughest for my pain and fatigue. I've increased medication, just recently started on Neurontin, one at night and now I take two at night, per doctor's recommendation and I am finding I am sleeping much, much better. The back pain that use to wake me up during the night is not waking me, well, not until early morning.

Marlee, I understand what you are writing about. In order for me to get anything done and I've always been a very active OVERachiever, I rely on my prescription pain meds. Without them, I would have turned into a blob in a chair somewhere. It is what helps to keep me active and I truly believe that being active is the key to managing our fibro...that in addition to a good night's sleep.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I too have noticed when the weather changes I have alot more pain. In the beginning of September I started a flare that lasted all month. It was one of those that hurt from head to toe. i had alot of facial pain this time. It has eased up some, but I still have random pains all over. My neck and shoulder are the worse, but it moves around my whole body. I also noticed my ribs were hurting. This is new to me. I think I have had pain every where else, but this was the first time my ribs really hurt. It really stinks, because I love fall, now I can't enjoy it as much as I used to.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had pain in and around my ribcage this fall for the first time, going on about 2 mths now. During the summer I didn't have very many 'all over achy with the flu' type pain. Since the weather has changed, I get those about 3X/week. I can't warm up, no matter how many layers I put on, and I get that trembly all over ache. It is the hardest part of fibro for me to deal with. It doesn't really hurt, with bad pain, if you get my meaning, but it sure does wear me down and make it hard to do anything at all.
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   Posted 10/24/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Any weather change bothers me.  Neck, shoulder pain and headaches.  And now my knees, feet and hands.  I live in a warm climate but the evenings are cool.  And if a windy weather front moves in I am as sick as I was while living in the Midwest when the were thunderstorms .
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   Posted 10/24/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Fall and spring are my best times with fibro!  Summer is the pits and I am in a constant flare during the heat and humidity.  But, with the pleasant temperatures and far less humidity, I do great.  January and February make me more sore again because of the colder weather here in Florida but then spring comes and it's another good time for me.

I'm sorry so many of you are having this pain.  I used to when I lived up north.  Hope you get it all under control.


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   Posted 10/24/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
We don't have fall here in the southwest. Our seasons are as follows:
1. really, really hot
2. hot
3. not so hot
4. nice.

Sometimes they are hard to tell apart so we really have to rely on the calendar.

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   Posted 10/25/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Has any of you tried using heat while you sleep? Until my waterbed blew up I didn't have a lot of severe
pain but after it was constant. I use an electric blanket on an air mattress until I can afford a new one.
I found a store locally that carries the same bed I bought in 87. If you use the electric blanket put it under
you not over as your body absorbs more of the heat.

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   Posted 10/26/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Fall is not so bad for me, although I am very sensitive to the weather, especially when the seasons are changing.  Summer is the absolute pits for me.  The humidity keeps me flared and also affects my asthma. 

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   Posted 10/26/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Fall is awful for me with the daily variations in temperature. Also I spend the whole season dreading winter, which is the worst season for me. Dry heat (no humidity!) makes me feel better, usually, but cold is the absolute worst. I spend all winter exhausted and taking NyQuil to fend off the inevitable sinus infection. It's like cold weather just eats up all my energy. Fall is beautiful here in Maryland but the wind and chill are just too much for me.

And guess what? The graduate program I want to attend next fall is in MINNESOTA.
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Fall has been bad for me as well. We've had a lot of rain, cold and humidity...TERRIBLE pain for me. I do have a TENS unit that I've been using like crazy since the bad weather started. My Dr has also increased my anti-depressant as I tend to get bouts of Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Fall/Winter.
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   Posted 10/28/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I've started having migraine like headaches everyday. When it gets unbearable, I take an excedrin, and it brings it down to a livable level. It hasn't gone completely away in awhile. Tylenol doesn't touch it.
I am not sleeping as well as I was before the temps dropped. I don't know why, because I sleep better when it is cool. Maybe it is that I sleep with an air conditioner in summer, and that dehumidifies the air somewhat.
Also, I am getting leg cramps in my calves alot all of a sudden. Maybe I am not moving around as much as I was.
I love Fall. I hate feeling so bad I can't enjoy it.

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   Posted 10/28/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Vivkie, I take Fioricet for my migraines. It works like a charm. No OTC med will touch my headaches. See if you can get your Dr to give you some.
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   Posted 10/28/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told by a natural healing doctor that electric blankets & heating pads are not good to keep on all night, turn them on before bed, but once you get in, shut them off. The electro-magnetic radiation is not good for someone with FM. My daughter keeps a supply of rice bags to warm her up. Has anyone else heard about this?

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   Posted 10/28/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Like puppylover and others here, any kind of weather change is so painful. It seems like everything hurts now.

Something that has gotten progressively worse over the past year is when the weather begins to cool down, my feet seem to become frigid blocks of pain. I wear several layers of socks, and walk a lot---if I don't exercise the pain increases tremendously.

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   Posted 10/28/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
It seems like shortly after I developed FMS, I would have a major regression in my health in late July/August. It happens every year. All sorts of problems happen. I've tried really hard to figure it out, but haven't been able to......unless my body is responding somehow to the shortening day. I told my Internist about this and he said "Oh, so you're deciduous!" YES! I am!
I always wonder what big problem I'll have in the Fall. This year it was a neuroma in my foot, and my jaw locked (TMJ started). Yes, my joints get worse too.
Sometimes its a knee problem, sometimes a shoulder problem. Sometimes its something really funky and unexplainable.
I think we are not so different from every other animal/plant on this earth. Our bodies respond to the length of day and to weather and seasons. When you think about it, we're supposed to slow down in winter, but we don't.
Anyone else's appetite go up alot recently? We're supposed to put pounds on for winter. My body could probably make it through several winters!! I've stored up way too much! tongue

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   Posted 10/29/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
about the electric blanket. I have one that has a timer on it so it can shut off after you fall asleep, but I usually wake up and turn it back on. It makes me feel safe to know it will turn off by it self.

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   Posted 10/29/2009 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Another bit about heating pads, you can now buy ones that shut themselves off just like an electric blanket. I have a pretty large one that I take to bed, and it shuts itself off after 2 hours.

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   Posted 10/31/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I just put a heating pad in my car! It is so awesome. I should have done it a long time ago. I put the cushion behind my back for lumbar support and the heating pad in front of the cushion and it makes the drive so much better. I commute 2.5 to 3 hours a day.

I heard the thing about the electro magnetic field from my chiropractor. I wore a magnet in my bra under my arm for months. Never made a difference so I quit wearing it. I had not been diagnosed with fibro yet. I read somewhere that the magnets for pain is quackery, but have not had time to look into it seriously.


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   Posted 11/1/2009 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, too bad my body doesn't like it. My monthlong flare is finally over and I am doing the happy dance!

Lots of soaks in a hot bath and Flexeril help, and Milky Way candy bars ease the pain!

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