Warm Weather Survival

Heat

 

Warm or hot weather can be taxing for those of us with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Many of us have temperature sensitivities to either heat, cold or both. Getting overheated can lead to an increase in a host of symptoms.

We don’t know a lot about this symptom, but it’s believed to be a result of dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which deals with homeostasis.

Our bodies just don’t seem to regulate temperature properly.

This isn’t a symptom that’s easy to treat, so we have to learn to manage it on our own. We need to figure out how to alleviate our overheating, but the best thing is to keep from getting too hot in the first place.

Preventing Heat Problems

The best ways to keep from getting too hot are to keep your environment cool and stay inside. However, those techniques aren’t always possible and could keep you from doing a lot of things you enjoy.

When you can’t avoid the heat, staying cool takes some forethought and preparation. Some good ways include:

 

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