For most people, summer is their most long awaited time of the year. It’s the perfect time to go to the beach. However, if you are suffering from the symptoms of fibromyalgia, your summer can be miserable. This is because if you have fibromyalgia, the increase in temperature can also result to an increase in fatigue and pain.
Although a lot of those who are suffering from fibromyalgia will suffer from the symptoms during the cold and rainy season, the heat sensitivity will come along when the condition progresses. So here are some tips to help you survive the summer heat.
Avoid Going Out During the Peak Heat
Avoid moving out during the peak of the heat which usually happens during mid-day between 1100-1500 hours. The day’s heat is often at its worse during noon so you may want to avoid heading out or running your errands at this time, instead do it in the early morning or late evening. In any worst case scenario where you have to go out during the hottest time of the day, put on a full summer gear which should include a wide brim hat, a pair of sunglasses and an umbrella.
Wear Loose and Comfortable Clothing
A lot of those who are suffering from fibromyalgia are sensitive to constricting fabrics and tight clothing. Always avoid wearing these clothing during summer. Instead, wear loose fitting clothes that are made of cotton and will wick sweat far from your body to help you to stay cool.
Keep your Body Hydrated At All Times
It is easy to get dehydrated during a hot summer day and if you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you might find it hard to recover when your body loses a lot of fluid. Thus, it is essential to drink lots of water to keep hydrated.
However, if you are not fond of clear water, you can infuse your plain water with sliced cucumbers and your favorite fruits to give flavor. This is a more refreshing and a healthier way to drink. Iced tea is also a great alternative but opt for the caffeine-free variety since caffeine is dehydrating.
Never Eat Spicy Food
Never eat spicy food during the summer because spicy food increases your internal thermostat thus making you feel warmer and more uncomfortable. Opt for foods that have high water content such as soups, salads and fruits like watermelon, oranges, bananas, apples. Tip: stock up on summer’s best treat, popsicles! Homemade ones are the best!
Always Carry Lozenges and Hard Candies with You
Always carry lozenges and hard candies with you at all times just in case your throat will become dry. Many suffering from fibromyalgia find that dry throat is among the most painful side effects during summer. Sucking on lozenges and hard candies can help to prevent this symptom.
Apply your Sunscreens and Stay Moisturized
Just a minute under the scotching hot sun can burn your skin. Make you have sunscreen on any exposed skin to avoid the pain of a sun burn. The heat during the summer also makes you susceptible to heat rash. Stock up on aloe vera gel to soothe any burns or heat rash quickly.
Although summer can really be uncomfortable for those with fibromyalgia, with a little effort and the help of the tips above, you can manage through the entire summer season.