10 Tips to Stay Cool When Heat Makes Fibromyalgia Uncomfortable

10 Tips to Stay Cool When Heat Makes Fibromyalgia Uncomfortable
Despite research to the contrary, every fibromyalgia sufferer I know agrees that extreme temperatures worsen our symptoms. Or perhaps the symptoms just become more difficult to bear. I am truly miserable in the heat. The temperature gauge on my patio registered 104 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday. That is most unusual for this locale, and it actually feels painful to my skin. For those who don’t have air conditioning, temperatures like this contribute to sleepless nights that increase pain and fatigue. Plenty of research proves this! Since childhood, I have suffered in the heat. Nausea was my most common symptom, followed closely by headaches, fatigue, and total body pain. In those days, no one had air conditioning at home. The coolest place was commonly the basement, which had great insulation and remained cool on the warmest days. Our house was over 100 years old. As such, its basement was meant for storage only. My mother’s canned fruits and vegetables were happy down there. Me, not so much. At the first appearance of a spider, I sought coolness elsewhere. My common retreats in those days were the beach, the community swimming pool, and the movie theater. There were no supermarkets then, only the corner grocer, who didn’t have air conditioning, either. Most of those retreats are as useful today as they were then. Sadly, however, many are currently off-limits due to COVID-19, except for supermarkets. But there’s only so much time one can spend walking up and down the aisles, or if you’re lucky, riding in one of their electric carts. Eventually, one must go home. I’m fortunate to have central air conditioning in my home today. But that wasn’t always the case. For most of my life, I just suffered. But I utilized many techniques to remain as
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  1. Kathy says:

    Hello , I have to say that the heat & humidity make me feel absolutely terrible. I’ve stayed in the house most of the time. This is a terrible disease, and I don’t need anything else to irritate me. I’ll be so glad when summer is OVER !!!!

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