Advantages of Water for People With Fibromyalgia

Advantages of Water for People With Fibromyalgia
Controversy over denied beach access due to the coronavirus has brought to mind the large role that water plays in fibromyalgia treatment. Not that the ocean is where I wish to be at this time. The nearby ocean temperatures are way too cold for me! For now, I’m content (relatively speaking) to stay at home and be safe from infection. My rheumatologist recommended warm water therapy soon after my fibromyalgia diagnosis. As a water person, this was not a hardship for me. For nearly 20 years I was fortunate to live near either a YMCA or a hotel that sold annual pool memberships. One of these spots was my after-work destination three or more times a week. During those years I managed to work full time, be a soccer mom, and attend college at night. I can only conclude that water therapy was beneficial for me. However, as the cost of electricity went up, the temperature of those pools went down. In time, the benefits were lost. An 87 F pool is therapeutic for me. An 80 F pool is not. In fact, it causes my muscles to contract, and it increases my pain. My desire to swim year-round was a deciding factor in my move to southern California. Sadly, in the 20 years I’ve lived here, I haven’t found an acceptable option. One issue is that I’ve become so sensitized to chlorine that my eyes water and I feel nauseous after entering an indoor pool area. I prefer outdoor heated pools. However, none of the pools near my home are priced within my budget. Purchasing an occasional lottery ticket is my only hope to remedy this situation. The alternative is my bathtub. When fatigue is running high, the energy required to fill the tub seems overwhelming. But when I push myself to do it anyway, I’m always grateful I did. The warm water not only soothes my tight, painful muscl
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  1. Joyce Earwood says:

    I too have found that warm water is very helpful. In fact it may be the only treatment that can stop a cycle of pain and sleeplessness. I don’t have unlimited budget but I was able to purchase a vinyl hot tub for 4 people for a reasonable price and found it to be benificial in the release of pain. The cholorine however was a problem, and maintaining the chemicals a constant chore. I now have found the solution. A one person hot tub that I installed in my garage next to the washer. Instead of pouring chemicals into the water I simply change it like a bath tub because I have access to the same drain that the washer uses. Since it uses a lot less water than a 4 person tub frequent refilling is a option. Also, I keep the water at below 100 degrees. This works for me. The one person hot tub is made by Hudson Bay for about $2500.

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