Since pain medication is a limited option for me, I am trying to better identify my triggers and manage my symptoms. I am affected by the seasons. So, I would like to know how they affect other people and see if I can find some triggers there as well.
Here are my primary triggers:
WIND: this triggers my Meniere's Disease which in turn causes everything else I have to go into a flare. I've not figured out… read more
Weather brings on my flares. I'm beginning to think that sodas maybe adding to my flares. Reading your post reminded me my hands started flaring when I started drinking soda's again also stress. This group has got me thinking again and not just dealing with the pain but trying g to figure out what causes the flares. Thank you!
@A myRAteam Member you could just do that in the front yard and be "that lady who gardens in her swimsuit!" I was talking to a friend and we've decided the older we get, we are planning on doing as many really odd things as we can ... as long as it doesn't hurt anyone, to make things more interesting!
@A myRAteam Member I have 2 swim dresses that look for all the world like dresses besides, I am past caring what neighbors think...when I feel like I going to burst into flame or vomit they can darned well look away if they don't like it...
Like you, temperature is an issue - I can bundle up and get warmed up (but the joints hurt in the cold) but the heat is almost intolerable. I feel as though I will burst into flame. I bought my husband an outdoor shower (like you would have by the pool to rinse off - except we don't have a pool) and i work outside in a swimdress or swimsuit. When I get overheated I just head over to the shower, kick off my shoes, and rinse off. Before I would have to get into the a/c after just a short time outdoors or end up so overheated I would vomit. I don't know why on earth I am living in Florida. I do go to Michigan for part of the summer, so that helps.
Stress is a big trigger. Eating sweets is also a trigger - I have to really limit sugar or inflammation (and cravings) take over. Exposure to loud, dirty, dusty (think carnival, fair, theme park) triggers migraines and also flares of my fibro - and usually an RA flare is right behind.
As much as I hate - absolutely hate - not working, the calm and measured pace to my days has helped tremendously in terms of reducing triggers. Now if we could work on that little fatigue problem...