I have one thing to say to those who do not believe that climate and weather play an important part of a Fibromyalgia patients’ pain level, “Pooh on you!”. For over a decade impending storms have caused me to lie in bed, unable to move, and sobbing as I waited for my pain to decrease. Once the storm opened up and unleashed it’s fury, my pain would decrease. Once while visiting family in another state, my body predicted a severe storm. My hosts laughed. You see they just marked one year without measurable rain and their weather man said there was no rain to predict in the foreseeable future. I told them that he was wrong. My skin was on fire. Every muscle and joint was swollen and it hurt to breath. My nerves were such a mess that anytime someone touched me or something rubbed against me, I felt as if I were being given electric shock treatments. This went on for 24hrs. Then, boom, it hit. This tiny town that hadn’t seen rain in over a year was hit with one of its heaviest rain storms.
This past week has been rough on me. It has been hot and humid. I live in what is known as the Inland Empire. This area is just east of Los Angeles. Most of the year our temperatures are similar to LA’s, with the exception of being cooler in the winter and warmer during the summer. Surrounding cities have been gifted with rain… Me? Not a drop. High humidity and temps in the 90’s have caused every joint and muscle in my body to swell. My pain level has been off the chart! The way I see it is that if I have to suffer from pain because of a disturbance in our weather I should at least be able to enjoy some precipitation. Today I watched storm clouds from every direction dump rain on the cities surrounding me. What did I get? A rise in humidity, heat, along with the bright sun beaming down on my house. According to the weather man my area still has a chance for storms this evening thru tomorrow. Seeing that the sky above my home is clear and I can see tons of stars, I am not going to hold my breath. I have spent the better part of this week lying in bed crying from weather induced pain. I would much rather have rain drops falling from the sky, than tear drops streaming down my face.
Does your pain level change with weather disturbances?
Praying for this current system to make its way out of SoCal or rain. But mostly I pray for some relief from this horrible week. I hope that where ever you live, that you are in as minimal pain as possible.
Till next time….