Weather and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia syndrome can be a very difficult condition to have to deal with. After all, not only does it cause relentless fatigue and muscle pain, but it is also associated with dozens of other symptoms, including depression, dizziness, and nausea. If you have been suffering with fibromyalgia for a while now, then you may have noticed that your symptoms tend to get worse during certain seasons and weather changes. A large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers claim that weather directly affects their symptoms and pain levels, but can this really be true?

How Does Cold Weather Affect Fibromyalgia?


How Does the Weather Affect Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Many fibromyalgia patients claim that changes in the weather directly affect many of their symptoms. In fact, many fibromyalgia sufferers claim that their symptoms vary according to temperature changes, changes in air pressure, and changes in precipitation in their part of their world. Most fibromyalgia sufferers claim that they experience changes in:


  • fatigue
  • sleep patterns
  • headaches
  • muscle pain
  • the number of symptom flare ups


Who is Affected by Weather Changes?
According to a study performed in 1981, a large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers may actually be sensitive to changes in the weather. In this particular study, 90% of patients claimed that weather was one of the most important influences on their fibromyalgia symptoms. And fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t the only ones to experience weather-related symptoms. You may also find that the weather exacerbates your symptoms if you have:


  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • osteoarthritis


What Weather Factors Affect Fibromyalgia Sufferers?

There are five major weather factors that appear to affect fibromyalgia symptoms. These include:


  • Temperature: Rapid changes in temperature can sometimes trigger a fibromyalgia flare or help to ease fibromyalgia pain. Cold weather tends to make fibromyalgia symptoms worse, while warmer weather tends to ease those troublesome symptoms.
  • Barometric Pressure: Barometric pressure is a measurement of the weight that is exerted by the air all around us. On beautiful sunny days, barometric pressure tends to be quite high, but during a storm or similar weather front, barometric pressure drops suddenly. Fibromyalgia sufferers often find that these changes in barometric pressure can trigger muscle aches and pains.
  • Humidity: Absolute humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor present in each unit of air. When absolute humidity is low, fibromyalgia sufferers often report headaches, stiffness, and flares in widespread pain.
  • Precipitation: Precipitation is the term used to refer to any type of water that falls to the ground from the sky, including rain, sleet, snow, or hail. Precipitation is often accompanied by a change in barometric pressure, and therefore may exacerbate your symptoms of pain and fatigue.
  • Wind: Whether it’s a light wind or a gale-force wind, wind generally causes a decrease in barometric pressure. This means that wind can trigger fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches in fibromyalgia sufferers.


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Having damp rainy weather it make me tired and painfull i cart even get up to do anything my son have to bring washing in cook and do the thing i should be doing because i cart
Actually, humidity is mentioned in the "what weather factors affect fibromyalgia sufferers?" Humidity: Absolute humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor present in each unit of air. When absolute humidity is low, fibromyalgia sufferers often report headaches, stiffness, and flares in widespread pain.
I was also suprised that humidity wasn't mentioned. Yesterday and today it has been extremely hot and humid (I do have AC) and I'm miserable. Had a horrible headache and nausea all day yesterday, today aching from head to toe and extremely tired.
I agree valjoy, these conditions could not be more accurate for me either!!! It's the cold and severe changes in barometric pressure! It can be so aggrevating sometimes!!!!!!!!!!!!
I totally agree. I live in the middle of Kansas (USA) and have found that the humidity is a huge factor too. My husband and I cut wood during the winter months and the cold weather is difficult for me, but I learned the hard way that I can no longer help him if it is a cold damp day. The warm muggy days bother me too, but not as bad as the cold damp weather. I too have a Vitamin D deficiency, but I never thought about a connection. I have been having symptoms for several years now, but was diagnosed with fibromyalgia this last January, so I am still learning a lot. Thank you both for bringing up humidity and take care.