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Heat, humidity, and rain: effect on Fibromyalgia
Thursday 14 June 2012
It's common to hear people with fibromyalgia say that a certain type of weather makes their symptoms worse. However, a new study contradicts much of what people say. So who's right?
First, a look at what we know about this study. First, it's important to note that the data were presented at a conference and the paper has not yet gone through peer review.
Here's what the data say:
Weather conditions that stayed the same didn't appear to have any effect - it was weather changes that seemed to matter, and only those listed above.
Clearly, this doesn't jibe with what a lot of people believe of their symptoms. I've written plenty of times about how hot weather makes me puff up and get achy, while cold weather means I'm unable to get warm and my cold skin is extremely sensitive (thermal allodynia.)
I hesitate to dismiss research (as long as it's well conducted), but I do have to wonder if something skewed the results. A few things come to mind:
It'll take full access to this study to answer some questions, and more research of this type to answer the rest.
Meanwhile, I'll keep to the habits that help me avoid temperature-related symptoms.
The above, with comments and a poll, originally appeared here.
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