I think one of the most frustrating things about fibromyalgia is how variable it is. As fibro symptoms go, I’ve felt pretty good the past three months. My pain levels have been fairly low, and with the exception of battling almost daily nausea from the Lyme medications I’m taking, I’ve felt better than I have in a long time.
And then, WHAM! January arrived, and Old Man Winter finally hit the East Coast. Wow, what the heck happened?!? I feel like I’ve been hit by a snow plow! We’ve had snow and rain a couple of times this week, the temperatures have dropped down into the 30s and 40s, and now I’m in pain, pain, pain! I know I’m not alone because I’ve noticed an increase in posts from my fibro buddies on Facebook who are having the same issue.
It’s so frustrating because short of moving to a tropical island, there’s nothing we can do to control the weather. I’m hoping for an early spring, and that this winter won’t be as painful as the last. Who’s with me?
Now onto this week’s news…
HealthRising.org: Losing brain matter – the fibromyalgia way
Cort Johnson examines a recent meta-analysis of research studies showing changes in brain matter among fibromyalgia patients.
National Pain Report: Low vitamin D can increase fibromyalgia pain and balance problems
More evidence that low vitamin D levels can contribute to fibromyalgia symptoms.
Prohealth: The surprising magic of a not-to-do list
Blogger Sue Ingebretson shares what a not-to-do list is and why it’s helpful to have one.
National Pain Report: Perks for chronic illness/disability
A list of freebies and discounts for those who are disabled.
I’m sure everyone with fibromyalgia knows the struggle of finding comfortable clothing.
And an extra…
Winter can be tough for those of us with fibromyalgia because the cold weather causes our symptoms to flare. The Danish tradition of hygge might make it more bearable.
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I’ve created a Facebook group to discuss Dr. Ginevra Liptan’s newest book, “The FibroManual.” We’ll begin with chapters 1-2 on Monday, Jan. 9, and cover a chapter every week or two thereafter. If you’re interested in participating, join the FibroManual Book Discussion group.
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