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KikiFeliz - October 22

Hi my wife was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few months ago when the weather was warm/hot. Does the pain get worse in the cold weather? I just want to be prepared to help her as much as possible. Thanks


Fantod - October 22

What a gem! Everybody with FMS reacts differently. But, most of us do have issues with weather. Take some time to read all of the information contained in the column on the lefthand side of this page. There are a lot of variables. In my own case, extreme weather changes are hell. Once the weather settles into a pattern things ease up. Cold for me is not so much of a problem. Hot weather /heat will make me hysterical. Even showering is problematic. I spend more time adjusting the water temp than anything else. As far as helping your wife I'm kind of at a loss as to what to recommend. For most of us, trial and error is the only way to figure out, what if anything helps. I would say that she should not be over tired at any time. If you have a social obligation and she is not up to it than respect what she tells you. Try to plan things so they are done in increments so as to avoid being overextended physically or emotionally. Fighting chronic pain is exhausting never mind trying to get through a typical day. Any degree of stress is a bigger problem for folks with FMS than the average person. It increases pain, causes more muscle twitching and activity and can bring on or worsen IBS symptoms, sleeplessness and so on.
I really commend you for wanting to help. Most of us have family members who are not particularly supportive. I hope my answer is helpful to you in some way. Take care.


trans - October 26

In my family they call me the weather person because I can tell it is gonna change by the way I feel. Winters are worse, at least in WI. I believe it has something to do with the barometric pressure too. Rainy, damp days are my worst. If you have any options for moving I would certainly suggest that, I know I felt like a different person in Florida last winter.

Your wife is so blessed to have you in her corner. I have been married 34 years and my husband has been there all through this process. He can tell by looking at me what I am feeling like. Supporting her is so very, very important. Because this is an invisible monster, most people don't get it. I have a friend whose husband told her last week that he was sick of her being sick. As if she can help it. Fibro can not be cured but a patient can choose to manage it to the best of their abililty. I will not let this win. I keep fightin it and I am 57 years old.

I wish you your wife the very best in battling this syndrome and make sure she knows that you posted here to help her most husbands don't, unfortunately, many leave. May God Bless you and give you both the strength and courage to fight this. Rosie



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