Just in Case You Didn’t Think You were Sensitive Enough
Many people with FM complain of being cold all the time, or hot all the time, or alternately hot or cold. This symptom is called temperature sensitivity.
There are several theories, including impaired homeostasis, low blood volume, or impaired blood flow – but no-one knows the exact cause. With FM, some research shows an inability to adapt to changes in temperature along with a lower pain threshold to both heat and cold stimuli.
A lot of people with FM complain that the discomfort of temperature sensitivity can exacerbate other symptoms.
Cold-sensitive people are often chilled to the bone and have a hard time warming up. The cold can be all over, or just in the hands and feet (check for Raynard’s Syndrome)
It can be hard for cold-sensitive people to warm up. They may need outside sources of heat, such as electric heating devices or a hot bath.
This symptom is generally worse during cold weather but can strike at any time.
We don’t currently have treatments that are known to relieve cold sensitivity. However, many people are able to avoid this symptom by:
- Keeping their environment warm
- Dressing warmly
- Keeping their feet covered
- Drinking hot liquid
- Taking frequent baths or showers
Some heat-sensitive people describe all-over heat sensations that seem to emanate from inside. Others may only have problems in their hands and/or feet, possibly along with puffiness and an ache, while some may get both types.
It can be hard to cool off and may require ice packs, cooling products, and soaking in cold water.
Hot weather can exacerbate this symptom, but it can also occur at any time.
As with cold sensitivity, we don’t have treatments for this and instead rely mostly on lifestyle changes, such as:
- Keeping the environment cool
- Avoiding heavy clothing
- Drinking cold liquids
- Avoiding overly hot baths or showers
Dual Temperature Sensitivity:
People who are sensitive to both heat and cold face special challenges. How do you set your thermostat when you could freeze or overheat at any time?
Some people find that dressing in layers, or having extra layers available, can be helpful. It also pays to play close attention to your temperature so that you can take steps to warm up or cool down before it becomes problematic.
I’m a dual temperature sensitive person – I do the layers thing. it seems to me to be easier to heat up than cool down; but that might just be because it’s winter here – when I wear the many layers necessary to survive winter, it is too difficult taking all the layers off – AND carrying all the heavy layers around is painful. So I would rather it was warm, because it is less likely that I will need SO many layers.
What do you do?
- Symptom: Cold Sensitivity (graveslife.wordpress.com)
Posted on June 25, 2012, in Fibromyalgia and tagged bệnh đau cơ xơ, Cold sensitivity, Conditions and Diseases, 線維筋痛, 纤维肌痛, Fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgie, Health, Heat illness, La fibromyalgie, Symptom, Temperature, فيبروميالغيا, weather, פיברומיאלגיה. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.