Updated: Mar 27
Dear Mother Nature,
Before I begin my letter to you, I would like for you to know that I have the utmost respect for your job. I try to treat each living thing as I would want to be treated. That being said, as you well know, each year flies faster than the last one. I have come to realize that during certain seasons my flareups and extreme pain levels have become more frequent. A lot of the literature I discovered in the past brushed it off as arthritis. When I read medical articles, I keep an open mind. I am not doubting their creditability, but as a fellow purple butterfly, I respectfully disagree that this is the answer for every Fibromyalgia pain patient.
Wintertime was never one of my favorite seasons other than the holidays. Currently, I sympathize with my fellow Fibromyalgia and chronic pain bloggers. Mother Nature, you know this part of Texas doesn't usually stay this briskly cold for long. So if I may ask, what the heck are you doing? One day it's a high of sixty - eight degrees, a low of thirty. The following day it'll be seventy – six degrees, with a low of fifty!
In my humble opinion, both of these articles are intriguing references for anyone curious about weather changes and Fibromyalgia. Mother Nature I bet you didn't know that,www.fightfibromyalgia.net's article Best weather for Fibromyalgia sufferers, states that "according to an old study carried out in 1981, many fibromyalgia patients are sensitive to weather conditions. It was also suggested in a study that 90% of the fibromyalgia sufferers were influenced by weather conditions."
I can attest to the fact that I am so affected by weather conditions that I often have migraines, muscle pain, as well as different sleeping patterns. I would love to be able to tell you that once summer gets here, those symptoms begin to be manageable. My medications already make me warmer. Add that to good old Texas scorching summers, and I'm miserable! Texans often joke with each other that we hide during the summer and winter. This particular article goes on to propose the question, "are there weather factors that affect Fibromyalgia?" Their response is a definite yes, and it goes on to ask a slew of other questions and answers.
Don't worry, I didn't forget to tell you about 12 Winter Essentials for People With Fibromyalgia from www.themighty.com.This one lists their recommendations. I have a few of the ones they talked about. The wheat pack was just one example of the items that I hadn't even thought about. All of the new information I just told you about, I bookmarked so I can easily find it whenever I need to refer to it.
I'll wrap up my note to you by asking to please make haste for an early spring! I'll be able to swim and exercise in the pool again. Of course the water will have to be heated, but at least it'll be pleasant outside. I have faith that you will consider looking into it!