Arizona, it’s dang hot from about May until September-ish. We have two seasons, hot and cold. I have dealt with at least two summers now with fibromyalgia. Per my own evaluation and that of my family, Summer is when I flare the most and tend to be more fatigued.
Dr. Ercolie Bossema of the Utrecht University in the Netherlands recently published in the journal of Arthritis Care & Research: The Influence of Weather on Daily Symptoms of Pain and Fatigue in Female Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Multilevel Regression Analysis.1 In the study it is stated that “weather has a rather small effect on pain or fatigue.” Huh?
Let us remember that this study was done in the NETHERLANDS! Average summer temperatures, according to the World Weather Online, is about 84o degrees…Phoenix 106o.
“Our analyses provide more evidence against, than in support of, the daily influence of weather on fibromyalgia pain and fatigue,” concludes Dr. Bossema. “This study is the first to investigate the impact of weather on fibromyalgia symptoms in a large cohort, and our findings show no association between specific fibromyalgia patient characteristics and weather sensitivity.”
An article written in the Medical Press2 did state that future research will include more specific characteristics such as personality traits, beliefs about chronic pain and attitude regarding the influence of weather on symptoms. I would also like suggest that they study more than one geographical location, meaning, find a location with extreme cold and extreme heat! You don’t have to have fibro to know how withering a hot humid day can be on one’s body.
No one has found a definitive answer to why it starts, how it starts and how one get’s it. Could it be our food (i.e. preservatives)? Or the industrial age leaking major toxins into our air, water and ground? An effect of depression?
I do appreciate is the ongoing studies that doctors and researchers are making as an effort to understand fibromyalgia. It’s just some of them make you wonder “you went to college, right?”
Good try Dr. Bossema, but I think you failed.
- The Influence of Weather on Daily Symptoms of Pain and Fatigue in Female Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Multilevel Regression Analysis.” Ercolie R. Bossema, Henriet van Middendorp, Johannes W.G. Jacobs,Johannes W.J. Bijlsma and Rinie Geenen. Arthritis Care and Research; Published Online: June 4, 2013 (DOI: 10.1002/acr.22008).