Monday, August 31, 2015

Does weather affect symptoms? Plus easy paleo bread

High mountain lake in the Sawtooth Mountain Range
As far as I'm concerned, weather is a pain in the budinski. It's so unpredictable---either above or below normal. Only weather people get excited about setting records where weather is concerned. My fibro body does not appreciate record-setting weather.

What about you? How does weather affect your symptoms? From my perspective, weather seems to make my symptoms better or worse, depending on the weather. But I don't like extreme weather anyhow. I should just say "I don't do weather changes well."

Does weather affect fibromyalgia symptoms? No one seems to have definitive proof. In fact, some experts say "no" while fibro sufferers say "yes."Here's some information I found about weather and fibro.

How Does the Weather Affect Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Many fibromyalgia patients claim that changes in the weather directly affect many of their symptoms. In fact, many fibromyalgia sufferers claim that their symptoms vary according to temperature changes, changes in air pressure, and changes in precipitation in their part of their world. Most fibromyalgia sufferers claim that they experience changes in:
  • fatigue
  • sleep patterns
  • headaches
  • muscle pain
  • the number of symptom flare ups
Who is Affected by Weather Changes?
According to a study performed in 1981, a large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers may actually be sensitive to changes in the weather. In this particular study, 90% of patients claimed that weather was one of the most important influences on their fibromyalgia symptoms. And fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t the only ones to experience weather-related symptoms. You may also find that the weather exacerbates your symptoms if you have:
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • osteoarthritis
What Weather Factors Affect Fibromyalgia Sufferers?
There are five major weather factors that appear to affect fibromyalgia symptoms. These include:
  • Temperature: Rapid changes in temperature can sometimes trigger a fibromyalgia flare or help to ease fibromyalgia pain. Cold weather tends to make fibromyalgia symptoms worse, while warmer weather tends to ease those troublesome symptoms.
  • Barometric Pressure: Barometric pressure is a measurement of the weight that is exerted by the air all around us. On beautiful sunny days, barometric pressure tends to be quite high, but during a storm or similar weather front, barometric pressure drops suddenly. Fibromyalgia sufferers often find that these changes in barometric pressure can trigger muscle aches and pains.
  • Humidity: Absolute humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor present in each unit of air. When absolute humidity is low, fibromyalgia sufferers often report headaches, stiffness, and flares in widespread pain.
  • Precipitation: Precipitation is the term used to refer to any type of water that falls to the ground from the sky, including rain, sleet, snow, or hail. Precipitation is often accompanied by a change in barometric pressure, and therefore may exacerbate your symptoms of pain and fatigue.
  • Wind: Whether it’s a light wind or a gale-force wind, wind generally causes a decrease in barometric pressure. This means that wind can trigger fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches in fibromyalgia sufferers.

We have had nothing but "making the fibro lady miserable" weather in my area this summer. I mean it sucks the energy and joy right out of me but I still press on. Wildfires created numerous red air quality alerts coupled with above normal heat in my area. I had to head to the mountains just to get away from the horrible air and heat. 
 Having some sherpas helps if you are hiking/backpacking. My husband and pups carry more than their share of our gear.
Here I am enjoying a gourmet salmon wrap for lunch.
Here's Misha, the husky, relaxing in the clear mountain air.
Now, what I'd really like on one of my hikes is a paleo bread tuna sandwich, like this one.
Next time, I go backpacking or hiking, I'm going to make one of these babies. My plan is to freeze it so it will be ready when I am along the hike.
This paleo bread sandwich was made with this recipe:
5 T. tahini
1 egg
1 tsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch sea salt
Divide mixture into four discs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzled with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Divide two eggs and allow to come to room temperature
The above recipe makes a pretty sturdy "bread" that holds up well. However, it can be a bit hard to digest because of the tahini. That's why I also have tried  a different version that uses Greek yogurt instead of tahini.

Here's what you need:
2 grassfed eggs, separated and brought to room temperature
3 T. plain Greek yogurt or try other yogurt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
pinch of sea salt
Beat the whites until peaks form
Mix together the yogurt, egg yolks, baking soda and salt
 Start by separating two eggs into two bowls---one with whites, the other yolks. Once the whites reach room temperature, beat them until peaks form. In a separate bowl, mix together the yolks, 3 T. plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. cider vinegar, sea salt.
 Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls as shown above.
 Bake until golden, about 12-15 minutes.

These are a good bread alternative. They will hold up well in a lunch box but probably not a pack.


Good said...

Definitely extremes of weather affect my symptoms but then a change of venue, like when I went to Bali seems to improve symptoms???
I did a post on the influence of weather on fibro and it has a poll in it which I would love you to participate in

Sheree Welshimer said...

I will definitely participate.