Heat Sensitivity

In our last post, we focused on how patients with Fibromyalgia can become extra sensitive to colder temperatures. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the other side of the temperature spectrum, as well as the people who experience pain from the heat.

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Most folks will look forward to the end of Winter, the arrival of Spring, and most of all, the exploding heat of Summer. However, for Fibromyalgia sufferers, the heat is not as kind or alluring to them. Some patients with heat sensitivity will shirk away from warm to sweltering weather, as this triggers not just their pain, but also headaches, anxiety, achey joints, and even nausea.

What can be done to cope with heat sensitivity? The first and biggest step is to make sure that cold temperatures do not trigger the patient’s pain receptors. If so, make sure the patient is well-ventilated and stays in a cooler room. Turn on electric fans, air coolers, and air conditioners, and have the patient wear light, breathable clothing.

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