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5 Steps To Surviving The Winter Cold With Fibromyalgia

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“Winter is coming”…So is the challenge of managing your FMS pain.

Surviving the winter cold with Fibromyalgia can be challenging. Especially if you happen to live where freezing temperatures are the norm for months on end. Unfortunately, cold temps can exacerbate the tenderness and inflammation so many of us experience.

I live in the desert where the air is relatively dry most of the time, and temperatures dipping below the 60’s is a rare occurence. Even with these mild conditions, when the air takes on a bit of a chill I often experience a rise in FMS flares. I can only imagine what it must be like for so many of you poor frosty souls out there.

Cold temps can exacerbate tenderness and inflammation in the winter. Click To Tweet
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So before the chill truly sets in, let’s look at some ideas to keep the cold at bay:

5 Steps To Surviving The Winter Cold With Fibromyalgia

  1. Stylin’ In Warm Cozy Threads ~ That’s a given right? But here’s the kicker, dress in loose layers as opposed to tight wool sweaters and tight-fitting thermals. Why? One word: ‘Allodynia’. Β This is the sensation of pain when the skin is touched or rubbed. Most FMS patients experience this, especially during a flare. Loose, yet warm layers allow for less tactile discomfort on your skin. That’s why I LOVE me some cardigans~

#1 Macy's (no long avail..Boo!) #2 Old Navy #3 Cupshe #4 Chico's

#1 Macy’s (no long avail..Boo!)
#2 Old Navy
#3 Cupshe
#4 Chico’s

2. Magnesium & A Piping Hot Bath ~ Soak yourself in a deliciously hot epsom salt bath! Make a mixture of : 1 Cup Epsom Salt (use the store brand, plain bag…it’s cheaper!), 1 1/2 TBSP baking soda, 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)…Soak away!! Epsom salt contains magnesium which is a mineral that can be absorbed through the skin and is thought to help pull lactic acid out of aching muscles. Good detoxerΒ Β too!

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3. Heating Pads 2.0 ~ Why have just an ordinary heating pad, when you can have a FOXY heating pad? Look at this adorable thing I found over at the Etsy shop ‘Must Have Been The Cat’…TOO CUTE!!

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4. Relaxation = Less Pain ~ While you’re taking that lovely epsom salt bath, how about lighting these gorgeous aromatherapy beeswax candles from HoneyColony! I want these under the tree this year (hint…hint)!

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5. Don’t Sweat It ~ So if it’s 50 degrees outside, you’re not going to sweat right? Wrong! You still exert yourself during the day, and with warm clothing you can begin to perspire. However, sweating means damp clothing. Damp clothing causes the chill to intensify, which can lead to an increase in pain. So have a change of clothes available if possible, and change out of any wet clothing ASAP.

Epsom salt contains magnesium which is a mineral that can be absorbed through the skin. Click To Tweet

5 Steps To Surviving The Winter Cold With Fibromyalgia

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20 Comments

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    BettieG
    October 25 at 6:27 am

    Thank you for these great tips, and thank you for sharing the beautiful video! I have been dreading the return of snow and ice, but your post helped me to remember the beauty that is present even in the harsh winter. I needed this today!
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      kristine
      October 25 at 9:49 am

      You are so welcome Bettie β™₯ I LOVE winter, but I know what you mean about dreading it as well. Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

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    Valerie
    October 25 at 7:20 am

    Thank you for offering coping ways to deal with these diseases. These are from someone who knows how it feels. So helpful to we who are needing this information.

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      kristine
      October 25 at 9:47 am

      You are welcome Valerie! Stay warm πŸ˜‰

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    Michelle
    October 26 at 10:39 am

    Wow Kristine, what can I say? I just realized how incredibly lucky I am not to have to worry about coping with ME and Fibromyalgia. I had to look both of those up on Google. That’s just wrong, how do you stay so strong and positive? Sorry, I don’t mean to sound silly but that would take the wind straight out of my sails and I’d be walking around feeling sorry for myself. Kuddos to you and everyone else who deals with this every day. Wishing you warmth and comfort and love all the way

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      kristine
      October 26 at 11:51 pm

      Thank you Michelle πŸ™‚ You’d be suprised at what you’d be able to deal with if you had to. Thank you again though, I know everyone appreciates it πŸ˜‰

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    Nikki
    October 31 at 4:12 pm

    Michelle, the cold is a buggar! For my APS my bones and muscles ache as well as my skin. The epsom salt bath is a great helper, I take one every night before bed when it gets cold or I can’t sleep. That heating pad is adorable, I also use one every night, this has to go on my Christmas wish list! LOVE it!
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      kristine
      November 1 at 4:15 pm

      You know, a heating pad cover or something of that nature from your shop Make Lemonade, would be awesome πŸ˜‰

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      Lucy
      November 9 at 8:36 pm

      I just wanted to add, I have recently come upon Swanson magnesium oil, (I purchase on Amazon) and it has helped me immensely as I cannot get into and out of a bathtub to use Epson salt for my Fibro anymore. I spray it under my feet or on the most painful area on any given day.
      It has worked wonderfully for me!

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        kristine
        November 9 at 10:16 pm

        Thank you for that Lucy! I’ve heard of that oil before. I might try it myself πŸ˜‰

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    Deborah Davis
    October 31 at 4:54 pm

    I just spoke with my Dad who suffers even more discomfort from weather-related chronic pain, so I know what you mean! Thank you for informing us about ways to prevent or alleviate the pain that can accompany colder weather–and for sharing your 5 Steps To Surviving The Winter Cold With Fibromyalgia at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m Pinning and sharing!
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      kristine
      November 1 at 4:10 pm

      I hope he’s doing well Deborah! β™₯ to all!

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    Chrissy
    November 5 at 10:30 am

    I stumbled upon your blog this morning on Pinterest looking for a positive outlook on my life. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2003. I am nurse and the way I was told was not nice. Because of that I was in denial for years. When I started doing the research, it was discouraging. So I continued with my denial. Within the last 5 years I have accepted my diagnosis, I have too many symptoms to over look. I have a wellness plan: chiropractor, diet changes, yoga, massage and supplements. I have supportive family and friends. I have no medical doctors to assist me in my journey, it usually ends badly when I see a medical doctor. All that being said, I try to remain positive. Your blog is positive and uplifting. I thank you for sharing your experiences and research. It is very helpful!

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      kristine
      November 5 at 6:50 pm

      THank you so much Chrissy! So sorry to hear of your discouraging experiences within the medical community. Unfortunately, it is a common tale. It must be especially difficult for you considering you’re in that field yourself. Although, it does give you a unique voice! Glad you are here πŸ™‚

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    Cat
    November 5 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you so much for the shout out. I love to make quirky heat packs.

    I have fibromyalgia, APLS and rheumatoid arthritis all of which cause aches and pains and am constantly using heat packs. The Epsom salts works great in a foot bath too for tired and achy, swollen feet.

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      kristine
      November 6 at 7:21 am

      You are welcome Cat! Was just saying last night how I need to get more Epsom πŸ˜‰

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    Catherine Saulter
    December 4 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for the helpful tips. Although I’ve had fibromyalgia since the early 90’s, it has only been the last several years that cold weather has become painful.

    I live in Texas and don’t have to deal with the extreme cold weather that so many other people do. Unfortunately, since I was first diagnosed I suffer painful ailments from the hot and humid weather.

    I used to long for the cold weather to come in but now it’s just as bad as the hot weather. I tried to just bury my head in the ground, but the pain insisted on being acknowledged…lol (always better to laugh than cry).

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      kristine
      December 4 at 2:42 pm

      I completely agree Catherine! I live in Phoenix, so I don’t necessarily have to deal with extreme heat either, but weather changes and cold still bother me. Thanks for the comment πŸ˜‰

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    Fibrogirl
    December 26 at 2:42 am

    Thank you for the information. I am newly diagnoses to Fibromylgia. I too have been searching for ways to live with this condition. The winter weather has been difficult thus far. But I am obstimistic that I will make it thru this winter and I am looking forward to springtime. Keep πŸ†™ the great work. Be blessed.

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      kristine
      December 26 at 10:31 am

      Thank you! It IS STINKING COLD isn’t it?! LOL! Appreciate the encourgement, and stay warm! β™₯

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