Managing Fibromyalgia During Winter

During colder seasons, the symptoms of fibromyalgia can worsen. This may not be the case for everyone, as some are unbothered during winter while others experience more pain than usual. If you are one of those who experiences pain during colder weather, here are some tips to help alleviate symptoms.

1. Take a hot bath. This can help soothe fibromyalgia pain, especially if you take one every night until the season is over.

2. Wear proper clothing. Choose warm clothing that is also loose fitting, as tight fitting clothes can tamper with fibromyalgia. Dress in layers so you can adjust should you start to feel too warm. When going outside, wear gloves, a hat, a scarf, and warm shoes. Wool is a great type of clothing for those with fibromyalgia because it keeps you warm and relaxed in addition to preventing sweat.

3. Use hand warmers. These generate heat once they’re opened, which can ease fibromyalgia symptoms while warming your hands.

4. Refrain from drinking alcohol. Alcohol can dilate your blood vessels, resulting in loss of heat.

5. Limit sweating as much as possible. Blot off any perspiration that forms and change into dry clothes as soon as you can. Being wet from sweat can cause you to have chills, which can worsen fibromyalgia symptoms.