You know or remember the feeling you had after a really intense workout? The aching muscles, sore joints, and fatigue? Imagine feeling like just because there was a shift in the weather. Welcome to my week. Weather plays an important role in my physical comfort. A change in the weather can cause more pain to my body than if I had actually physically over exerted myself. I spent most of last week recovering from my latest adventure. Just as I felt I was beginning to return to my “normal” level of pain a heat wave rolled in.
For me the rise in temperatures is more painful than a decrease. The increase causes my joints and muscles to swell and spasm. Normally this ends once the weather stabilizes, but Mother Nature had a different idea this past weekend. After two days of temperatures at or near 80 degrees, a storm front moved in. The storm brought rain and dropped our daily highs by 20 degrees. The pain prior to a storm is horrible. Depending on the strength and size of the storm I can be rendered practically paralyzed any where from 1 to 12 hours prior to the rainfall. Every muscle, bone, and joint in my body will throb intensely. My skin will feel like it is being burned and peeled from my body simultaneously and my nerve pain sky rockets. Medicating helps me stay sane, but it isn’t until the rain starts that I begin to feel any relief. Once the storm hits I am too sore to do anything other than to curl up in bed or in my recliner, but the fog in my head clears enough to allow me to enjoy a marathon of a favorite show.
Once the storm is over my body begins its healing process. The swelling and pain decreases which is wonderful and terrible at the same time. It’s wonderful because I can move about with a less pain. It’s terrible because I experience intense muscle spasms until they reach their “normal” level of annoyance. How long it takes to recover from a storm depends on its strength and severity.
I have done absolutely nothing this week! But I feel like I just finished an intense workout and then was hit by a car!! For now I just wait….I wait to feel “normal”.
For those of you that live in areas that experience storms (rain or snow) or extreme weather all the time, you have my sympathy and prayers!!
Wishing you a day filled with Pixie Dust and gentle hugs!
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