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Surviving Summer Fibromyalgia Flares / 4 Vital Steps To Surviving Summertime Flares

The key to surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares, is knowing how to easily manage FMS symptoms in the heat.

Surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares is a priority if you are living any place where heat and/or humidity reign during the long months between June and September.  For those of us living in the desert southwest, the temperatures can stay in the 100’s all the way until the second or third week of October…and ‘yes’!…that sucks!

I can tell you this, I wake up every morning during those long 4 months and thank God for whoever the genius was who invented air-conditioning!  Especially since my FMS has increased in severity.  Flares are aplenty in this body the whole time that sun is high in the sky overhead, and the sea is far, far away…

 

Surviving  summer Fibromyalgia flares can turn into ‘thriving’ during summer flares, if we get a handle on a few simple tips & tricks to keep our temperatures down and our spirits up.  Of course, I am sitting here comfortably right now with the temperature at a sweet 76 degrees, but hey, ‘hope springs eternal’!

According to Everyday Health , it is believed that much of the problem we face as FMS patients with the heat, has to do with our bodies’ difficulty in regulating temperature.  Along with the dehydration and restless night’s sleep the summer heat brings about.

4 vital steps to surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares with FMS

So here are a few things to remember in the upcoming months as we endure the long days and hot nights;

4 Vital Steps To Surviving Summertime Flares

  1. Drink like a fish.  No, put the banana daiquiri down, I’m talking H2O. Make like us ‘desert rats’, and carry a huge canister of water around with you everywhere you go.  Along with keeping you hydrated, water will flush toxins out of your system and help prevent UTI’s aggravated by dehydration. Plus, it will keep your ‘bikini body’ lookin’ good!

  2. Eat plenty of summer fruits and vegetables that cool and refresh; watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, plums, cherries, ect.  Eat what is IN SEASON NOW.  This is good advice for anytime of the year.  There’s a reason different things grow at different times.  Your body knows what it needs and when. (Ever  thought about how Vit C packed citrus grows in winter when the sun is scarce, and cold viruses are running rampant?)

  3. Live like a lizard.  Stay somewhere cool in the day, and come out at night. If possible, run your errands when the sun goes down.  Grocery shopping can wait until the steering wheel won’t melt the first layer of skin off your fingers.

  4. Move to Alaska.  Just kidding.  But if you’re like I am, and don’t want to pay ridiculous electricity bills, set your air-conditioning to 80-82 in the day. Then turn it down once the sun goes down. Keep the house nice and frosty during the night. This way you can be cool and comfortable while you sleep.

Surviving summer Fibromyalgia flares isn’t rocket science, but it does require a little forethought. Like death and taxes, you can be sure the seasons will come and go whether you want them to or not. Take a little extra care, and follow a few common sense rules to ‘survive & thrive’ during the sweltering summer months.

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    Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7
    May 2 at 7:53 am

    I can’t wait! Honestly, I find that my flares last the entire winter here in New Jersey and they are so much worse than the summer. Literally, I’m incapable of doing even the simplest things. Showering becomes a luxury that has to be timed out exactly and even that I pay dearly for. We are moving somewhere much warmer near the beach in Florida! I know the summers there bring their own challenges but I have found for me at least that they are much more manageable and I tend to cause my flares due to overactivity rather than the weather completely crippling me. Ty so much for the tips I will definetly be using them soon!

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      kristine
      May 2 at 9:13 am

      No problem Cat! How wonderful that you are moving to an environment that you love! So happy for you 🙂 I hope Florida is all you hope it wil be ♥!

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        Julie
        May 2 at 11:03 am

        Cat, I am the very same as you are and from Maryland. I can cope with summertime as long as hydrated. Yes, overdoing because no longer in my winter impediment then can become an issue but far better than winter. I am a person who feels better with the dryness and warmth of sunshine. May the move be wonderful.

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          Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7
          May 2 at 6:00 pm

          Ty! Maybe you should see if it’s possible for u to do same.
          My doc says based on the differences he even sees in the seasons with me he expects I will be better there. Not cured by any means but at least I can shower without the agony. I’ve felt the difference just getting off the plane. Can’t wait!

          • kristine
            May 2 at 6:07 pm

            You are so welcome Cat! Don’t let the ‘alligators’ get ya’! 😉

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    Chronic Mom
    May 2 at 9:39 am

    I live in Texas and I don’t know how people lived here before air conditioning. Winters are great for me, but 6 months of temperatures over 85 with 75% humidity really take a toll. One day I hope to live in a more temperate climate!
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      kristine
      May 2 at 9:58 am

      UGH! I know exactly what you mean Shelley! I think about that often during the summer, and wonder how miserable it was to live in the extreme heat before A/C! Stay cool sister! 😉

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      Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7
      May 2 at 10:38 am

      I know exactly what you mean. 2 of my children were born in Houston. We lived there for 4 years. I know other areas of TX are even worse for humidity than Houston too. It was 115 in the shade. Ac was a godsend! My Fibro didn’t manifest till a few years ago so at least I wasn’t sick at the time though. Avoiding as much humidity as possible in our move by going near the shore for that reason alone. Based on some research I did there are several more temperate climate areas. Some are really expensive though. Of course. Lol.

      San Diego seems to be near the top of the list. The weather stays in the 70’s basically all year round. Arizona with its dry heat is supposed to be good too. I have family in Florida so we compromised (not such a bad compromise huh? ) by finding an area with less humidity.
      I hope your able to get to that temperance soon and feel better

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    Elaine
    May 2 at 7:25 pm

    I lived in beautiful York Beach, Maine for 53 yrs.. Moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona July 2013. Had to get out of constant barometric chages, winter temps below zero, snow, snow, & more snow. With extremely high humidity in the summer, I’d feel so sick, like I was a giant humidity ball.
    Now almost 5000 ft above sea level, no snow or freezing temps, & no humidity, I do feel better. Went home once to visit & had to leave a week early I felt that bad.
    Even barometric weather changes here do affect my Fibro & Osteoarthritis. As time goes on my Fibro sysmptoms are worse. There is no way I’d be able to live any where that’s sea level, freezing or has humidity.
    For now Southern Arizona is home.

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      kristine
      May 2 at 7:33 pm

      Hey there! Shout out to Sierra Vista from Phoenix!! Glad you’re in a better climate now Elaine! 😉

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    Shannon
    May 6 at 8:59 am

    Great post! I have MS so I deal with the same issues with the heat. Especially here in AZ. Shared to my FB page.
    Shannon

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      kristine
      May 6 at 10:08 am

      UGH!!! The ‘Arizona HEAT’!! I feel ya’ sister, and here it comes! Oh well, November is only 6 months away… 😉

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    Nena
    May 6 at 11:20 am

    Yes!! Very much needed tips. I live in hot, humid weather (all year round) and carrying a water bottle with me everywhere I go is a must! Plus, it forces you to drink more water;)
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      kristine
      May 6 at 12:59 pm

      Exactly, Nena! Win, Win!! 🙂

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    margie sanders
    May 9 at 4:29 pm

    thank you for sharing these tips-i live in Colorado and the temps can really soar,i always practice your first tip!

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      kristine
      May 9 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you Margie! Good luck this summer in Co.! 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    May 9 at 5:42 pm

    These are such helpful tips! I am so delighted that you shared your simple, natural and healthy Vital Steps To Surviving Summertime Flares with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!
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    jenny
    May 10 at 3:48 am

    I never realized how much summer affects fibro that must be tough. So great of you to share your tips on how to cope with it and the flare ups too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I have enjoyed reading your blog posts and so grateful for you linking up. I hope you will continue to link up in the next few weeks as I had the reins over to the new Share With Me hostess and continue long after linking up with her too. #sharewithme

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    Nikki
    May 10 at 4:23 pm

    Kristine, I don’t have fibro, but my auto-immune disease doesn’t like the heat either and I get exhausted so much faster, and I have to worry about a flare, which will means days or weeks in bed. I am going to try your tips, and work towards gardening in the morning or evening. Thanks for sharing what you do to make your body work at it’s best!
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      kristine
      May 10 at 9:02 pm

      Sounds like a great plan Nikki! I think this year is gonna be a hot one! 😉

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    Brandi Clevinger
    May 12 at 1:45 pm

    haha Drink like a fish, and not a cocktail! I laughed out loud about that one.

    Keeping the a/c down at night to get cold, and keeping it higher during the day is what we do, too, but didn’t really think about the cause and effect. That’s why my house stays cool all day. I have to sleep with it really cold at night otherwise I’m awake all night. And during the days, we keep the shades drawn and rarely go out. We do our errands early in the mornings or not at all.
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      kristine
      May 13 at 9:38 am

      Yep! That’s the only way to do it. Here in Az it goes above 110 often in the summer, so we have to do all we can 😉

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    Danita Carr
    May 13 at 7:19 pm

    Oh my, yes! Thank goodness for air conditioning!! Great tips! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

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