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Day 2 of hot & humid and I feel sick! Any suggestions????
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m.e. - May 31

Hi, I am a teacher and should be thrilled with summers off. But I find that the humidity (mostly) and the heat make my fibro worse...nauseous, more muscle pain, nerve pain much worse in my feet. I am tired (despite being an active person) and just want to lay around in the cool inside. Just bought a new a.c. for my bedroom, so that should help. Temperature regulation at this time of year is really tough for me...more so than winter. Best wishes for a good day : )


January - May 31

Hi m.e. I much prefer warm weather and hurt badly when it's cold - but this year has been really rainy and humid, and I've had worse than normal joint pain. On days when it's hot, I'm surprised that I hurt so much. Some elderly neighbors were telling me their arthritis was worse than normal and they thought it was the excessive humidity. That hadn't occurred to me - but it sure lines up with what you are saying! I have a really narrow temperature range where I'm comfortable too. I like it warm when I'm awake, but can't sleep unless it's cool. Hope you are staying comfy! The a.c. should help!


Pikespeak - May 31

I have felt more uncomfortable due to the heat in the past couple of years. I just thought it had to do with age (I'm 57) or our climate (Colorado high desert). Very interesting...we could do our own informal study to see if others with FMS have this issue. Anyone?


Agavegirl - May 31

Hi m.e.,

I live in Arizona and could not agree with you more. The heat is making my Fibro considerably worse. Every year, I become more miserable with the heat and cannot tolerate it very well - time to go into hiding. :)

My feet, primarily my heels hurt, and my hands are swelling and I cannot wear my rings. Would love to know if there is a correlation to our symptoms and the heat.


OnaJourney - May 31

My Rheumy describes fibro as a sensitivity to EVERYTHING - this includes weather.


Fantod - May 31

Heat and humidty are something that really bother me too. I am completely heat intolerant. We've had two 90 degree days in a row so I'm feeling it. I just try to pace myself and if I start to feel bothered by the heat I quit whatever I am doing. I've become fond of frozen fruit bars for an instant cool down. I just noticed that Edy's makes some new ones that have super fruit juice (who knows how much) like pomegrante in them. I hope the new a/c unit helps. Take care.


Pikespeak - May 31

Hi Agavegiri! Any chance that you live in Tucson? I have a first cousin there who has been suffering with FMS.


Agavegirl - May 31

Hi Pikespeak!

No, I live in Scottsdale - two hours North of Tucson. So sorry to hear that your cousin has FMS too. I am sure the heat is affecting her just like the rest of us!

All the best to you.



kvc33 - May 31

My comfort range for temperature is narrow. I hate the cold but can't take the heat either. About 22 degrees is just perfect. We've had no Spring this year, just wet and cold. Yuck! We FMers have trouble with temperature regulation in our bodies so the weather affects us more.


January - June 1

I just got a wild idea - to do with oxygen levels. I wonder if the air quality is just getting worse over all, and we don't get enough oxygen - and that makes us feel worse. It's probably more a factor in exhaustion - but maybe ties in somehow to pain too. I'm in a big metro area, and when it's humid and hot the air quality is SO bad! The news people warn anyone elderly or with health problems to stay indoors.

I feel like I don't get enough air sometimes, even indoors. I take deep breaths, but it still feels like I could use more "good" air than I'm getting. Pollution, sigh… I've been thinking about getting more air-cleaning and oxygen producing plants in my home - things like spider plants and golden pothos.

And isn't there something about hyperbaric oxygen treatments helping fibro…??


Agavegirl - June 1

Hi January,

That is a great correlation. I too, have often wondered about the air quality warnings for the elderly and those with breathing difficulties. I am sure we should be added to the mix. I also agree with you about needing more oxygen and air. I feel the same way. I will do more research on the oxygen treatments - you may be on to something! :)


Fantod - June 1

I copied this directly from this website:

Many fibromyalgia sufferers have difficulty finding a treatment that is genuinely effective for their symptoms. It can be especially hard to find treatments that help alleviate the wide number of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, such as fatigue and migraine headaches. Recently, a new treatment has become available for fibromyalgia sufferers. Known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, this treatment could be the answer to your fibromyalgia pains.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, uses pressurized oxygen in order to treat painful side effects of certain medical conditions. Delivered in an oxygen chamber, HBOT has been used for centuries. In fact, the first sealed hyperbaric oxygen chamber was created in Britain in 1662. Long associated with diving, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now being used in a number of large medical facilities and hospitals throughout the United States in order to treat over 60 different medical conditions.

What Conditions Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treat?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been commonly used to treat decompression sickness in divers, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. This type of treatment has now been expanded in order to help patients suffering from:

•smoke inhalation
•soft tissue burns
•head injuries
•Lyme disease
•chronic fatigue syndrome

What is Involved with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the continual delivery of pressurized oxygen to a patient who is suffering from a specific illness or condition. Generally, we breathe in air that is comprised of a mixture of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon monoxide. On earth, this air exists at a pressure of approximately 14.7 pounds per square inch. During HBOT, only 100% pure oxygen is delivered to the patient. Additionally, this oxygen is pressurized by a machine to twice the normal levels.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
The key mechanism involved in HBOT is known as hyperoxygenation. As the patient is immersed in the pure, pressurized oxygen, their bodily tissues are forced to soak up increased levels of oxygen. Oxygen saturates the skin and enters the blood stream, causing a number of biological reactions, which work to reduce pain and treat illness. In particular, hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps to:

•stimulate the development of new blood vessels, improving circulation
•stimulate the action of white blood cells, helping the body to fight off infection
•narrows certain blood vessels, reducing inflammation and swelling
•inhibit the growth of foreign bacteria and organisms

Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Help Fibromyalgia Patients?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relatively new treatment for fibromyalgia. However, initial studies seem to illustrate that HBOT has a positive effect on the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including muscle pain and tender points.

A study performed by medical researchers at a Turkish military hospital revealed astonishing results when it comes to using HBOT on fibromyalgia patients. This double blind, placebo-controlled study exposed fibromyalgia patients to 15, 90-minute hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments. Researchers recorded information regarding the patient’s tender points and pain threshold before the study began, throughout the treatments, and again following treatments

The results of the study showed that the fibromyalgia patients receiving HBOT reported a decreased number of tender points and an increased pain threshold. In fact, after 15 sessions, the patients recorded half the number of original tender points and twice their original pain threshold. Those patients who received placebo HBOT recorded no improvements.

What To Expect with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
When you go for your first HBOT session, you will be given a set of rules that you must adhere to. These rules are to ensure your safety in the oxygen chamber. In particular, you will be asked to ensure that your skin and hair is completely clean of all products, including moisturizers, leave-in conditioners, perfume, and talcum powder. Because the chamber contains pure oxygen, it is highly flammable, and these products could cause a fire risk. You will also be asked to wear clothing made out of 100% cotton.

When you arrive, you will be placed on a movable cot and rolled into the chamber. Most chambers are designed for one person only, and are made out of clear plastic. You will be able to read, nap, or listen to music inside of the chamber. The chamber will also have a microphone inside, so that you can communicate with your chamber operator.

The therapy itself lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. You may notice that your ears begin to pop a little, as they work to equalize the pressure in the chamber. After your session is completed, the chamber will be decompressed, and you will be allowed to go home.

Possible Complications Associated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
HBOT is not without its side effects, a few of which can be quite dangerous. However, when professionally monitored, these complications are rare. One of the main complications is known as barotrauma. This occurs when the pressure in the chamber causes body tissues to become compressed, which can result in a burst eardrum or lung. Another complication, known as oxygen toxicity, occurs when the body absorbs too much oxygen. This can result in nausea, vomiting, and seizures.

Finding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Most HBOT labs are located in large hospitals and run by qualified technicians familiar with working with gases that are stored under pressure. HBOT is covered by medical insurance however, you will need to get a prescription from your health care provider. You can book private sessions at a cost of about $100 to $150. If you are worried about the credentials of those operating the chamber, be sure to ask if the technician is a member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, which ensures that technicians are properly trained.


Pikespeak - June 1

Fascinating! Thank you for posting this Fantod!


January - June 1

Has anybody on here actually had these hyperbaric treatments? And how did they go?

Sometimes I just wish I had a little tank of oxygen I could carry around with me. I was completely exhausted yesterday - after doing very little. Turns out we set a record for heat - and the humidity was terrible too.


January - June 4

Just a note. The weather here changed overnight a couple days ago, and turned beautiful with high pressure. My pain level has been noticeably better the last two days! What an amazing difference from one day to the next - and it was the humidity, temp and air pressure that changed.



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