Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disease that affects approximately 2% of the world population, and the majority of patients are women. The main symptoms are painful pressure points around the body, headaches, difficulty sleeping, increased sensitivity to light and sound, and unexplained fatigue.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for this mysterious disease. Scientists still have no idea why some people develop it while others do not.
Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia also report that they experience a difference in pain levels as the weather changes.
According to a study by Ercolie Bossema, Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, “Many patients with fibromyalgia report that certain weather conditions seem to aggravate their symptoms.” These changing climatic conditions include precipitation, sun and temperature.
And not only a few patients claim that the weather worsens their symptoms: almost 92% cite the phenomenon
Unfortunately, according to Dr. Bossema’s study, his pain sensation may be inflated.
To better explain this information, the team gathered 333 female patients to participate in a study on how climate affects the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The study participants, who had an average age of 47 years and had been diagnosed approximately 2 years earlier, responded to a detailed survey over a 28-day period.
Questions in the survey asked about women’s pain and fatigue every day, while researchers collected data on atmospheric pressure, duration of sunlight, rainfall, air temperature and relative humidity of the Meteorological Institute Royal of the Netherlands.
The results were interesting: in only 10% of the analyzes, climatic variables showed a significant (albeit small) effect on the symptoms of pain or fatigue.
This gave the researchers the information they needed to make such claims that climate does not really affect fibromyalgia at all.
Dr. Bossema states: “This study is the first to investigate the impact of climate on the symptoms of fibromyalgia in a large cohort, and our findings show no association between the patient’s specific characteristics with fibromyalgia and climate sensitivity.”
Do you agree that weather does not bother your fatigue and your pain symptoms? It is important to remember that each case of fibromyalgia is different, so a line of research may have nothing to do with your disease.
If you have fibromyalgia, it is always best to consult your doctor if you experience any change in pain levels at any time.