School holidays, hot summer sun, sandy beaches and…. Fibromyalgia. Summer is well under way and for most, living with Fibromyalgia in hot weather can lead to an increased number of flares.

Recent studies suggest that dramatic changes in weather (hot or cold), means that people with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain are reporting significant increases in their pain.

During the hot weather, it is important to focus on what you can control in order to minimise flares. These simple tips could have a significant impact on your well-being and ability to be able to enjoy the warm weather.

  • Hydration: Carry a water bottle around with you at all times and keep this filled with water/ no added sugar squash. Drink this consistently throughout the day even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can increase brain fog, fatigue and significantly reduce energy levels. 
  • Stay cool - For most, air conditioning is a luxury that we do not have in the UK. Therefore, consider investing in a fan and place iced water bottles or damp towels in front of the fan to enable cool air to circulate. Take cool showers and use a cold flannel/ ice cubes in your wrist and neck to prevent over heating. 
  • Dress for the weather - Wear loose, comfortable clothing and if possible stick to white/ light colours as dark colours can absorb the heat and make you feel warmer.