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With the winter months approaching I figured I’d make a list of a few things to help those of us who live in the colder parts of the country/world beat the cold. It’s no secret that extreme weather than cause flare ups and more and more pain. Here are a few things I think Fibromyalgia patients should have to battle the cold and extra pain that comes with fall and winter.
1. A nice big heat blanket. On those really freezing cold days when your muscles are stiff and aching, wrapping up in a heat blanket can really help loosen your muscles and ease the pain. Not to mention it’ll keep you nice and warm while the snow is piling up outside.
2. A small indoor work-out routine. Something like Yoga for Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain (Which can be found in the mayo clinic dvd and on some websites) can help keep your muscles warm even though it’s freezing outside. It’s important, if you are able to, to keep up activity even though you can’t walk outside. Something small like yoga is quick and easy and can be done right in your living room.
3. Good warm weather clothes. Don’t forget to bundle up when you go outside. The more your body is exposed to extreme weather the worse your pain will get. Make sure you have a nice heavy coat, warm pants and sweaters, and some good boots; especially if you live in one of the areas that gets lots of snow.
4. Make sure your stocked up on medication. You don’t want to be running out in the middle of a snow storm to get your meds, so make sure you refill all you scripts and pick up any over-the-counter meds you might need before bad weather hits.
5. Your signature warm drink. Whether it’s warm apple cider, coffee, or hot cocoa a nice warm drink can help you feel better when your cold, tired, and your muscles are aching.