Fibro Ladies. Do you have more pain in the winter months?

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Charleen - posted on 10/25/2009

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Yes, it has to do with the pressure changes and weather fronts. Something that seems silly but my dr has tried on me and it really works is OTC Mucienex(sp?) just the plain type. I take it twice a day since it is a 12 hrs dose and it works very well. I did not realize how well till this week when I caught the blasted H1N1 and felt like my body was on fire, something I had not felt in three months since I started using the Mucienex. The main med to use is just good old guafenisen(sp?) so if you can find a generic of it you could try it but I have always used the Mucienex. Hope this helps someone else I know its worked wonders for me.

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Amanda - posted on 08/26/2010

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yes i get in really bad pain in winter and wet weather but we all keep going :)

Lady Heather - posted on 08/06/2010

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As much as I don't care for the effects of the change in winter weather, humidity in the summer is far worse for me. We get lots of thunder storms here. Sometimes in the winter it's so cold it almost as a numbing effect. I kind of like that.

Bonnie - posted on 07/21/2010

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I have had Fibro for the past 10 yrs. I find that I am worse with severe weather changes, either Winter or any other season. But, winter can be especially hard where I live. It is normal to have -40 C. (and F) for weeks.

I find that a nice warm/hot bath helps as well as Advil (sometimes nothing seems to help). I used to be on very heavy doses of medication, but I took myself off of everything about 6 yrs. ago as I couldn't take being a total zombie all the time. And I didn't like what it was doing to my family. Good luck.

Bonnie

Teresa - posted on 06/27/2010

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Yes the winter and damp weather is the worries for me.but i have lean to kept my legs and body total cover in the winter and stay inside when its real cold outside or to damp.I have had fib since I was 14 year's old and never knew I had it until I started to order my medcail recodes and started to read them and came across the word fibromayaligia and asked my doctor about it a nd told me and aske me why I was asking and i told him I never knew I had it until I read the recode's.So that pont in my life I stared to reseaher about fibro and learn as much as I could and infor my Soulmate and Grandaughter an my daughter about itand they were totla understanding about it.God Bless.

Sarh - posted on 06/25/2010

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I have Ankylosing Spondylitis (a bad form of arthritis) and Fibro. I can tell you the day before that it is going to rain! And, yes, I as well am in more pain during the winter! I assumed it was from my A.S. until I seen your question! I told my mom that they should hire someone with Arthritis to predict the news, we would do a hell of a lot better job! lol. (At least here in Milwaukee, WI).

Andora - posted on 03/31/2010

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this past year was the worst winter month in the past ten years. the weather was so unstable and everytime it changed i got owies like you wouldn't believe. ugh!

Charleen - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have been done with nursing for a few years now so not sure about that. You might talk with a good dr and see what they say. I know that we have had some really cold weather for where I live this year and I still have not had the same levels of pain as previously.

Amanda - posted on 03/22/2010

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Im very much the same as Rebecca Pickering im better than most weather people iv also got fibromyalgia.

Rebecca - posted on 03/20/2010

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I have pain whenever the weather changes. I can tell the exact time when a front comes through. I am better then the weather man! My pain is caused from fibromyalgia.

April - posted on 03/15/2010

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Much more pain in winter because of cold Michigan climate. Plus, I am not as active in the winter. Fibro sufferrers must stay active. I used to teach an arobic swim class twice a week in a very warm pool (90). That was wonderful for the fibro and my figure. The lady closed it down because it cost too much to heat in the winter and the public pools are too cold for me. I found a stretching class that I take once a week and do the stretches at home faithfully especially when I hurt. Stretching helps with the fibro a lot. When we hurt we tend to want to just curl up after taking a pill. The best thing is to drink water and stretch it out. Sometimes I take a warm shower or Jacuzzi and then stretch so the muscles are warmed up. With Chronic Fatigue and taking meds you just want to sleep and it is best to move and avoid the meds. I also have Crohn's Disease, Migraine's and Lower Back & Neck Pain caused by developmental problems along with disc problems and arthritis. Fortunately, I don't carry extra weight. In fact, I am trying to gain a few pounds. I also take Juice Plus and have taken it for years and found that to be very helpful with the Crohn's and Fibro. It is a Fruit and Vegetable Supplement in capsule form. We tend to not get enough of the daily recommended amount of fruits & veggies andf Juice Plus helps a lot. It helps with pain pretty quickly unlike Glucosamine that can take 3 months if it helps which it didn't for me. I can give you a contact if you are interested in trying it. She is on fb and has lupus that has been in remission for several years and she attributes it to the Juice Plus.

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2010

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yes winter is terrible, i get so bad i can't walk i can't wait til the warmer weather comes but im in England so not holding my breath ....i just increase all my meds and use heat pads and hope the next days not as bad..

Kirstein (Kizzy) - posted on 03/05/2010

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yes. That's about it!! pain, lethargy, pain, tiredness, mental faitgue, depression,. Yes. I hate the winter.

Emily - posted on 03/01/2010

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to all the ladies trying/ using mucinex, are any of you nursing babies while using it? we are extended nursing, on recommendation of our care provider, something about the hormones levels helping with mood...i noticed that pain wasn't as bad this winter with nursing, but still, there were those days i couldn't get around very well, and still the pressure before a storm usually leaves me incapacitated and vomiting. as i am the care giver for our household ( funny, i know) being able to function, chase, feed, and play with toddler, dog, and husband is a must. Mucinex sounds like a pretty wonderful fix, if i can use it while nursing.

Rosie - posted on 01/18/2010

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The winter is worse for my fibro, I went to Florida a few years ago during the winter here and it was hot there my fibro was not as bad there I was able to get up and do somethings that I could not do here in Me during the winter.Is there something about the heat that helps ?

Dawn - posted on 12/01/2009

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Oh yes, difinately, I used to live in the UK and moved to Spain for the warmer weather and while the winters are much milder here they feel much colder. I get to the point I just want to stay in bed and do nothing until the summer comes again, half of the time my fingers dont work because of the cold. I am 29 and people look at me when I am trying to pack the shopping, get money out of my purse etc because I "don't look ill" they think I am just being stupid. I have different pains through the year, in the winter it is more shocking joint pains and in the summer it is the burning achey joint pains but I just go and sit in the pool as much as I can :).

Kim - posted on 11/28/2009

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I feel a bit silly posting what I did as I didn't read the whole conversation and it looks like I live in a colder climate than all of you and I can't just move to another state as I don't live in the states, however my husband and I are talking about moving to a city where we both met and right now we live in a little town and there's no use in talking about moving as my husband and I are talking about becoming snowbirds once he can retire, but that's not for another 14 yrs. I almost wish we still lived out west, I hurt there when the rains came but it was not like it is now. I don't know though if we moved back there again if things would get better at least a little or if my fibro's so bad now that it wouldn't make much of a difference. I'll leave this conversation and let you ladies chat, but for those interested if you still need a place to go try "Arthritis Today Magazine" - they also have postings there for fibro sufferers and some interesting information.

Kim - posted on 11/28/2009

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Well right now I'm in a lot of pain and if I remember right I was the same last year, so I would have to say yes. I feel it might be due to the muscles contracting during the cold as we try to stay warm and the muscles are already strained with the constant pain. So I'm sure if you or I lived in a warm climate year round we might not notice it as much.
I know now I'm in the worst pain I've been in in a long time - then again maybe I'm just going thru a bad time and the cold just happens to be here at the same time. I'm not completely sure. But I just took a quick look at Cassandra and Christine and Charleen's posts and I could be suffering just from the cold but I think that right now I'm fighting both the weather change and my fibro changing.

Selinna - posted on 11/10/2009

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Yes, I do. Just when your body is getting used the weather that's above 75-80; it seems that winter has come too soon. I love the snow, but I don't care for the cold. Especially, when I can barley get out of bed, off the couch, or say off the floor after playing with my daughter. All yr I manage my symptoms and learn to live with the pain, but in the winter I always ask my Dr. to put me back on my pain medicine and/or muscle relaxer as they help a lot. Massage Therapy does as well.

LORI - posted on 11/09/2009

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Yes. I wish there was a magic cure for Fibro. We are in Nebraska and have our house on the market to move to Virginia. I'm hoping if we can rid my body of the freezing high winds that it would help a little!

Christine - posted on 11/08/2009

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charleen, i bought some mucinex---generic was pretty cheap, but i keep forgetting to take it!

Michelle - posted on 11/06/2009

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Good afternoon. First off I would like to say hello, I am new here. That being said, YES!!! The winter months, and the cold hurt so bad. that's when I have more problems with different fabrics touching me, I have to have heat on my back 24/7. I can't wear any type of lace. The winter is horrid for me. Thank goodness that it's only a few months and my meds help out with the rest of the year. They are increasing my meds at the moment, I think they are trying to see how well this does in the winter. We'll see.

Blessed Be,
Michelle

Katie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Yes, I was talking to my sister yesterday and we have realized a pattern with the fall changes and the pain level.

Dawn - posted on 11/04/2009

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Yes- so much so that our house in Maryland is for sale and we plan to move to SC. I am praying the house sells soon so we can move before the weather here gets too much colder- we are expecting snow flurries tonight- so I can have less pain and stiffness during the winter.
I am having increased pain and stiffness already with the cooler Fall weather and the cold damp that has set into the Chesapeake Bay area I live in. We had a very mild and cool August and September so I have been having more winter symptoms and flares earlier than usual this year. I hate it, but until I can move South I have to deal with it.

Charleen - posted on 10/31/2009

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Christine, I have not worried about my diet due to talking to the Dr that put me on it to begin with. I tend to eat fairly healthy anyway and don't eat allot of processed things and due to allergies have to watch what I eat as far as dairy and eggs go. So far I have not had any problems and the relief has been worth it. You would have to decided for yourself if you want to try it but for me just being sensible with food and taking it has worked really well.

Shelly - posted on 10/30/2009

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Mine is way worse in the Summer the humidity makes my legs and muscles all swell and I get shocking muscle spasms in lower legs. That is just me.

Raelein - posted on 10/30/2009

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Winter hurts! Cold hurts. And it's more difficult to ease the pain when it's cold. However, I also have times of severe pain in the summer. The hot sun seems to help it some. They're really hard to compare. I don't know if this helped you any, but I hope it did.

Annalee - posted on 10/28/2009

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jeanette, do you know the grocery store in orrville? i think it's bheulars, buehlars or something like that. well... straight across the street in a house on a small hill is where we lived. it has a horse shoe driveway and pine tree's in front of it. when we left it was a yellow color. i loved that house. my husband worked for volvo. he built semi trucks. we loved ohio. I know where you live. thats cool . when we lived in mansfield i went to ohio state and mansfield general hospital school of nursing.

Christine - posted on 10/28/2009

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charleeen, mucinex works for you? are you avoiding salicylates like they say to do, or are you just using the mucinex and not worrying about diet? i'd try using it if i didn't have to watch everything i ate or touched.

Jeanette - posted on 10/28/2009

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Wow, we were practically neighbors when you lived in Mansfield....I live probably 15 minutes from there and have to go there a lot. Orrville is further away from me, but I do know where it is.....and I think you win the small town contest! =)

Jeanette - posted on 10/27/2009

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I live in a really small town in north central Ohio called Galion that most people have never even heard of! It's about an hour or so north of Columbus. Where did you live?

Annalee - posted on 10/27/2009

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Jeanette, I lived in ohio for 7 years before moving back to utah. where at in ohio do you live? Annalee

Jeanette - posted on 10/25/2009

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Oh yeah, most definitely! I live in Ohio, where winter seems to last til summer. I start dreading the coming of winter when the first leaf turns and falls off a tree because I know it's going to feel endless. If I get cold and start to shiver, that sets off muscle spasms, which makes them just hurt, and from there it just spreads on outwards til I'm completely miserable.

Christine - posted on 10/01/2009

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colder weather can be a killer---especially when the air pressure is changing. i wish there was something i could do when i knew a storm was coming----i can sometimes feel it e days ahead.

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