Weather & Chronic Illness

More than half of my life I have suffered with pain during weather changes, winter, cold, rain and humidity. I never really understood why until I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. I always thought it was due to broken bones I have had. I guess in a sense it could be partially the reason... in those areas of my body. Not all of it!

Late spring, summer and early fall are the best seasons I have found that help me with my pain. Well, the way our weather is changing, it's really not the case anymore. We have so much rain in the summer it is unreal. Either the rain kills me or the humidity does. I have come to the conclusion that I need to be in the heat, but in the dry heat. I need to be in the desert! Thinking back, honestly, I felt the best with my pain when I was in Nevada and Arizona. I mean, don't get me wrong I still had pain but it was usually after a long day of walking and it was mainly in my lower back and legs... over time. Normally when I wake up, I can't move and that is every day and lasts all day no matter what I am doing... or trying to do.

I know there are people probably thinking, "you're crazy"... not everyone is the same with the same disease. Everyone is affected differently and this is just how I am affected. Some people might be irritated by the heat in general and winter is better for them... not everyone is the same.

I am really dreading the next 6 months. Here I am sitting over here swollen so badly I can barely wear my wedding rings. It's insane. I looked in the mirror and noticed that my face is swelling... great. My ankles and legs, arms and back, everything is swelling, my hands... wow, I can't even make a fist. I really hope this isn't a long flare like usual.

So, what kind of weather do you find best for your illness?

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