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Does the weather affect fibromyalgia pain?

Expert:   Kenya Beard , ACNP-BC, Hunter College »

Many people with fibromyalgia swear that weather aggravates their symptoms. But is that case? Watch and find out.

Transcript: Many people with fibromyalgia swear that weather aggravates their symptoms. In one study, 90 percent of patients reported that cold temperatures, barometric pressure changes, high humidity, precipitation and wind affected their level of pain, triggered headaches, and changed sleep patterns. Some experts think these symptoms happen because certain body chemicals called cytokines, which are related to pain intensity, INCREASE when temperatures outside DECREASE. Others think pain is worsened by involuntary constriction of the muscles and other tissues in colder temperatures. And a few experts have even tied seasonal affective disorder to a surge in pain during the colder months.But then there are also researchers who have found that weather does NOT affect fibromyalgia pain. The bottom line on weather and fibromyalgia? The weather connection seems to vary greatly from person to person, so you’ll have to monitor your own sensitivity levels. More »

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