Do you know any senior citizens that often tell you they know when it is going to rain based upon the pain they feel in their joints? Well, as much as you may think they are crazy, there may be some truth to this theory. The folks at WCYB recently explained why it is that so many feel their pain is somehow tied into the weather, and they began with an easy depiction of what happens when the pressure in the air becomes low. It starts to expand around the joints causing additional pain to strike just as a storm is about the ensue. Fibromyalgia patients may know this weather roller coaster all well.
Most that find trouble coping with a rise in pain due to inclement weather often report the highest months for joint pain are from the late fall through the early spring. The reason for many of these colder month issues is purely due to the decrease in storm systems and massive cold fronts. This is due to the jet stream heading to other climates just as the birds do for the winter. As soon as the jet stream returns in a normal fashion, the fibro patients report a lot less hassles with weather related pain.
Is there any possible way to avoid the cold and rainy day fibromyalgia blues? Some doctors report the following techniques can often help stop a painful attack due to rain or winter temperatures:
- Start by increasing your pain medications just prior to a drop in temps or before rainfall. Specifically those medications in which decrease inflammation, such as ibuprofen.
- Hot baths and heating pads are your friends, use them wisely
- Always try to stay well rested, as experts believe that not getting enough sleep at night can directly worsen fibro pain
Look into using a weather app on your phone, or check your local weather regularly online. This will hopefully give you a leg up in staying ahead of any painful days to come so that you can fully prepare. Consult with your fibromyalgia medical team as well if you feel that weather plays a huge role in your symptoms so that they are aware of the changes, and can work closely with you to create a treatment plan.