The Time of Year When CFS & FM Symptoms Flare


It’s that dreaded time of year again for us ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia patients.  The fall weather, changes in temperature, and the shortening days tend to make symptoms flare full force.  For about the last week I have been experiencing a very noticeable difference in my body and the season changes are really affecting me.  I have been massively flaring and I am thankful that I cut my hours back at work to just one day a week.

My pain level really increases this time of year.  I will notice my legs, back, and hips aching a lot more than what they normally do.  I also am feeling extremely sluggish and while I normally have insomnia, now all my body wants to do is sleep.  I could barely keep my eyes open last night while eating dinner and on the trip to the restaurant.  These symptoms are always to the extreme and it is very frustrating. 

What symptoms of yours flares more this time of year?  Do you notice a marked difference in your CFS and/or Fibromyalgia when fall arrives?  Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Oh yes yes yes! what you said! Ditto! Definitely a bad time of the year. We’re getting a cool spell starting tomorrow — temperature swings won’t be as wild. So I’m hoping that brings some relief. Hope you get some more consistent temps soon!

  2. I have worked with women who have FM/CFS using alternative options in the area of vitamins and supplements. Have had good success, but everyone is different so what works for one may not work for another. At least there are some safe options out there.

  3. I am a 41 yr old male who has FMS. I was diagnosed 8yrs ago. I take lyrica and pain meds. I recently went to the cleve clin to see if they could help with this, specifically to try and take less pain meds. Dr. Yao who is great upped my lyrica and gave me a muscle relaxer for night. It has helped significally. They also took x-rays of my hips ( lot of pain there ) and found a small cyst in my right ilium, but termed it nonaggresive appearing. Both of my parents have passed from cancer, what would you guys do? Ask for additional tests (bone scans ) and such. I don’t want to make something huge out of it if it is nothing. Let me know your thoughts.

  4. Kim Cooper says:

    I am a 54 yr old RN diagnosed with FMS about 4 yrs ago. I see a rheumatologist who treats FMS patients. He has me on Lyrica 150 mg twice a day, Ultram, and Cymbalta and had been on naproxen 500 mg twice a day already. Is this the basic treatment regiment for all FMS patients? I work in a cardiac cath lab and part of the job requires lifting patients, pushing beds occupied by patients and taking call. Today was really bad, I had chills and sweats simultaneously all day. I was miserable!It rained all night and most of the day and there is a cold front coming in-so is the sweat/chills due to weather change or change in barometric pressure??!!

  5. i too have more problems until march time. starting to work more always throws me back into flare up hell. burning arms and hips and memory blur are the worst.

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