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Is Your Fibro Worse at Certain Times of the year?

By September 11, 2010 - 7:50am

Do you notice changing fibro symptoms with the change of seasons? Is it hard to sort out whether it is a seasonal depression or the fibro itself?

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By July 7, 2011 - 2:34pm

i live on the west coast in the Vancouver area in Canada and whoa... when we get those endless days of constant rain, rain, rain... i sure feel it... my fibro really flares up when it's sooo damp and cold for days on end... i'm so thankful at times that we have a gas fireplace i can sit next to which helps plus... i enjoy the odd hot bath to help warm me up from the inside out....

July 7, 2011 - 2:34pm
By July 4, 2011 - 10:01am

i find that i am more exhausted in summer cos of the heat i am intolerent to heat as it is. Then i get better around september and after March. But during the winter months i am always catching colds, flu and infections that don't seem to go away.

July 4, 2011 - 10:01am
By April 21, 2011 - 6:24pm

I honestly don't think so. I much prefer the cooler temperatures as my personal preference. I do notice that when there are drastic weather changes or a weather front coming my pain levels are worse. I absolutely hate the Summer heat but I always did, even before fibro.
I would say that my symptoms don't seem to be seasonal.

April 21, 2011 - 6:24pm
By January 15, 2011 - 5:25pm

I'm like the rest of you, too, in the cold of the winter and the heat and humidity of the summer. One symptom of fibro that really gives me fits me is the hyper-sensitivity to temperature extremes, even in air-conditioned rooms or vehicles. Another "time of year" when my fibro seems to flare is around the holidays when the busy-ness and stress seem to escalate and when I don't get as much rest as I need. I know I should do a better job of regulating activities and the amount of stress I let myself get under and the amount of sleep I get -- but it's harder during the holidays when there's so much to do to get ready for special family visits or trips.

January 15, 2011 - 5:25pm
By October 30, 2010 - 5:23pm

Thank You SO Much, Cary!!! This has been so baffeling to me and the Docs do not seem to be too interested, other than to tell me I am sick when it spikes. Well duh-huh...I AM SICK !!!

October 30, 2010 - 5:23pm
By October 30, 2010 - 3:21pm

My temp has always run low like yours, and the same thing-if it is normal I am sick. I always run around the mid to high 97s. I'm going to research the FMS/temperature thing and see what I can find.

October 30, 2010 - 3:21pm
By October 28, 2010 - 5:28pm

There are a couple of theories I'm currently investigating myself. Both seem to have parallel ideas though a little different. One is by Dr. John Lowe author of The Metabolic Treatment of Fibromyalgia. He believes FM & Hypothyroidism are/can be connected even if thyroid tests within range (which mine has been for the last 15 years).

The other theory is one that not only not recognized in mainstream medical practice but is looked upon as a bunk theory. It's called Wilson's temperature syndrome. I became very excited about this theory because what he describes is me to a T. There seems to be a lot of criticism regarding this one though. I have to wonder if pharma companies try to discredit these folks though because it would mean less in profit.

My condition started out like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and morphed to be more like Fibromyalgia most of the time. Thyroid nodules have been recently found and are being investigated. T3, T4 & TSH still test within range. Which is what drove me to start investigating in this direction. I always assumed just because my tests were within range that the thyroid had nothing to do with it. I recently found out that the thyroid tests used today weren't available until the '70's. Before that time doctors prescribes T3 & T4 based on symptoms with better results. Now they typically use something like Synthroid (T4 only) and many still suffer the hypo symptoms. My temperature over the years has been all over the place. In 1995, when this all first started happening, my temperature would jump to 101 around 1PM like clockwork. Like you, the doctors had no explanation. So here I am, still trying to find out the cause of this condition. The first day I took my temperature average it was low, under 98 degrees. The last 3 days it's been 98.9 - 90. I'm very close to my cycle (period) so this could explain why it has risen to this point. So I will wait until the 5th day of cycle to start logging my temp again.

October 28, 2010 - 5:28pm
By October 28, 2010 - 12:37pm

An article about bodily temperature fluctuations in FM would be MOST appreciated as surely, I am not alone in this symptom.

October 28, 2010 - 12:37pm
By October 28, 2010 - 12:34pm

Hope2BFree, Can resemble your comment, too. My Mother and I share the same problem with barometric changes, as she also (now) has FM. Symptoms ALWAYS worsen during weather changes…UGH!
Speaking of temperatures…Throughout life have always had a normal temp of, at least, one degree below 98.6. As a child, if that temp rose above normal, Mom KNEW there was something wrong (had many ear infections). For well over a decade, out of 21 years of Fibro, the readings were (consistently) over 99 and often, 102 degrees and I was told to go home and rest (?). No Doctor could explain the reason why, as I was not sick with a virus or bacteria, only affected by the Fibro and inflammation from arthritis. Wish someone, smarter than us, would investigate what causes this temperature thing to happen.

October 28, 2010 - 12:34pm
By October 28, 2010 - 10:09am

Same with me. In the summer I get relief from the joint pain and popping but my energy is totally zapped. In the winter I may not have the total lack of energy but the cold brings on the pain and popping and I don't want to move around. Also, I seem to be a human barometer. My body is a pretty good indicator that rain is coming. I'm doing a little test of my own regarding body temperature. I am noticing that my temp is unstable. My mother has told me that as a child I had episodes of my temp rising to 103-104 for no reason. By the time she rushed me to the ER the temp was gone. I've been reading about how there may be a link between body temp, metabolism and FMS.

October 28, 2010 - 10:09am

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