The weather is as unpredictable as our ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia symptoms can be. I find that I personally struggle the most with symptoms flaring when the weather and temperatures are at extremes – either really hot, really cold, really humid, really windy, or really damp. The past couple of days have been particularly painful days due to the cold weather here on the East coast and with the high winds that we have had. I was out this morning running several errands and I was in and out of the car a lot, and in and out of the wind and cold a lot. By the time I got home, my pain levels were extremely high and an extra pain pill was on my lunch menu for today.
Now that my thyroid levels are under control, and with my weight loss, I really mind the cold even more. The past few winters I wouldn’t wear a coat much of the time because I was always so hot. Now I am really feeling the temperatures and it is bothering me a lot more than I remember it in years past. My knees hurt, my back hurt, my elbows hurt, my head hurts, and my teeth even hurt. I have pain in every area of my body – my toes even ache.
I am extremely grateful right now for my physical therapy appointments, my heating pads, my neck massager and warmer, and all of my other gizmos that help to keep me comfy and cozy with all of this pain. I also have pain cream that I rub on and pain patches that I have been using so that I’m not always dipping into the meds.
Along with the increase in pain comes the increase of fatigue. Pain is exhausting and it takes a lot out of a person. I need to live somewhere that is 70 degrees all year round and my body would love it. This weather we have here is just too hard on my body. How are you getting through the winter months? Are you seeing an increase in pain and other symptoms? Please let me know in the comments!