How to deal with the fluctuation of body temperature
Many, if not most, of those who suffer from fibromyalgia are familiar with sudden hot flashes, night sweats, uncomfortable temperature fluctuations that can suddenly affect and interfere with everything.
Because internal temperature control issues can worsen other symptoms of fibromyalgia, it is important to control body temperature before it affects your level of activity, concentration, and quality of life.
Fibromyalgia and sensitivity to heat and cold
With fibromyalgia, volatile body temperature usually does not indicate fever and hot flushes or chills often strike without other symptoms. Some experts suspect that the thyroid gland is to blame because it helps to control body temperature. Many fibromyalgia patients also have hypothyroidism, which means that the thyroid is not working as well as expected, resulting in sensitivity to temperature.
There is no consensus on what is behind temperature sensitivity in fibromyalgia patients, but some suspect low blood volume or poor circulation in cases where the thyroid is functioning normally.
Intense cold and extreme heat can be painful experiences for those with lower pain thresholds, which may also explain why temperature sensitivity is so common in those who are sensitive to pain. Nearly half of patients complain of being always hot or cold.
Strategies for coping with night sweats and hot flashes from fibromyalgia
Sensitivity to temperature may be difficult to predict and control, but you can take some steps to alleviate sudden discomfort and persistent distraction.
Sudden episodes of heat or cold can interrupt your sleep and your daily routine. Try to put in place preventive measures and a good action plan:
Relax with autogenic AT training (relaxation technique based on autosuggestion). Specific techniques can help you train your body to respond to your verbal commands, to control physiological responses such as blood pressure and body temperature. .
The technique consists of six standard exercises to promote deep relaxation, which you will learn over a period of weeks or months, and use regularly during times of physical or emotional stress. The effects of BP on body temperature are measurable and undeniable, but only if they adhere to it.
Check your medications
Some painkillers used against fibromyalgia can also help reduce temperature sensitivity, talk to your doctor about medicines that help reduce some nerve signals.
If your temperature sensitivity is due to a thyroid problem, you may need to take synthetic hormones to restore balance. Some pain treatments may also help reduce your sensitivity to heat and cold, while Others may make your symptoms worse. Allergy medications, blood pressure medications, muscle relaxants can prevent sweating, while anti-migraine medications and some decongestants reduce blood flow to the skin, which also leads to heat build-up.
This may seem obvious, but wearing an extra layer of clothing to withstand the heat or cold and having access to useful tools to keep cool can save you a lot of discomfort. and you may want to grab an ice pack or bottle of ice water every morning to calm the hot flashes you feel during the day.
Enter the bath
The key to safely and effectively regulating your body temperature is to lower it gradually (or to increase it if you are cold, for example). it must be too hot or too cold, otherwise it could cause a shock in your system and make you feel uncomfortable.
Sleeping with diapers
The only thing worse than waking up in sweat is getting up to remove uncomfortably warm pajamas or heavy blankets.
Prepare for the worst before going to bed, make the bed in several layers (if possible a regulated temperature) and dress with soft and ventilated clothes. The easier it is to remove a diaper when it’s hot, the better the chance of getting a good night’s sleep without too many interruptions.
It is important to consult your doctor about other diseases that may be masked by your fibromyalgia, as temperature sensitivity may indicate a range of underlying diseases. they can work together to create a plan that includes helpful medications, behavioral therapy, and compensatory strategies to regain control of their physical comfort.
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