This topic contains 11 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Brittany Foster 1 year ago.

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  • #14122
     Brittany Foster 
    Keymaster

    Where I live in Rhode Island, the weather has been pretty unpredictable. Yesterday it was in the low 50s and today it is 75. The fluctuation in the weather this time of year and changing over to the cooler days really takes a toll on my body and my symptoms. I feel the weather change through increased joint and muscle pain, increased in fatigue, and in the cooler weather my skin and lips turn blue VERY easily to the point where it is noticeable to others.

    Have you noticed changes in symptoms with the recent changes from warmer to cooler weather? How does the cold or cool weather effect you?

  • #14296
     Diane Enriquez Chung 
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    Yes! I hate the weather changes; especially the colder, winter months. I love the holidays but I hate the weather that comes with it. I mean, I live in Southern California so the weather isn’t that extreme but any temperature drop during this time of year takes a harder toll on me. I feel more out of breath with the easiest distance outside. I am colder than anyone else. I literally sit in front of the heater to warm up (day or night). No matter how much I bundle up for outside or just around the house, I am always soo cold. I do feel more tired after my daily activities. My lips tend to turn blue more often than usual so having my oxygen handy is always good. I love the holidays but the cold kills me. ☹️ I wish there was a heater following me at all times. Haha.

    • #14300
       Kathleen Sheffer 
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      The one thing that helped me was getting infinity scarves to wrap around my throat and sometimes parts of my face. I read that the cold air can irritate our lungs with PH, but that warming it with the scarf (creating a warm environment in your mouth and throat) before it gets to the lungs can help a bit. My extremities always seemed to get colder than everyone else’s because of lack of circulation. Definitely important to bundle up and take it easy during the winter!

      • #14320
         Brittany Foster 
        Keymaster

        Kathleen,
        same with the circulation in my extremities! They’re always like a popsicle and nearly impossible to feel a pulse in my feet because of it. (you should see the face of med students checking for a pulse) . I like to have some fun with them hahahaah! Especially when they see my bundle branch blockages in the EKG I’m like “Oh NOOO!!!” then I’m like “nah, just kidding bro it’s normal” hahahah! Gotta have some fun with it right?

    • #14317
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Diane,
      I completely get it ! I wish there was a heater following me too! I am also in surgical menopause too so sometimes I’ll get a random hot flash and then I go back to being freezing cold ! I try to wear layers and as soon as I start to get warm an take them off, I get cold right away again! My circulation has always been pretty poor in my body so even when I was in elementary school I would have blue lips easily and would shake even when it was a nice Fall day like in the 60s. I was nicknamed “smurf”. other people definitely notice the blue lips ! It’s quite distracting lol!I Gotta use some lip color I guess ! I also have to crank up the o2 sometimes when this happens. My oxygen helps with my over all circulation too.

  • #14305
     VK 
    Participant

    Cold by itself doesn’t affect me much, but sudden dips in the weather will. We had an unusually hot summer and early fall (85+ and very humid every day) and last week, the temperatures fell from 90 to 55 like a leadfoot driver who suddenly found himself tailgated by a police cruiser.

    My wheezing/asthma got a lot worse then.

    • #14307
       Kathleen Sheffer 
      Participant

      Significant changes can affect me, too. I usually find that my allergies are worsened when the weather shifts – maybe relates to your asthma.

    • #14336
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      VK,
      Yes! The same thing has been going on where I am too. It’s like the weather and my body are both like “WHAT IS HAPPENING!?” . It can be challenging to get myself used to the weather change when it shifts so drastically.

  • #14309
     Cindy Bee 
    Participant

    The cold seems to take my breath away a lot easier than warm weather. However, hot weather seems to be just as bad. Although, cold weather feels like it hurts deep down in my lungs when I breath in the cold air. I also, have found scarfs wrapped around the mouth can help warm the air I breath. This helps some what. But I have to admit as a Texas native I hate the cold!

    • #14337
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Cindy,
      I bet the cold would drive you NUTS if you’re from Texas! I always try to keep my mouth and breath as warm as possible so the scarves help me with that. I know what you mean by the burning feeling deep in your lungs. Where are you currently living? Still in Texas? Or some place cooler?

  • #14332
     Valerie 
    Participant

    Cold anyone? I live in constant cold weather here in Leadville Co. Highest city in the nation. 10,200 feet. Recently we got down to 3 degrees. Very abnormal for this time of the year.
    So yes, cranking the heater for sure. And talking about the weather making a person ache. Oh yeah, it’s extreme up here. I have a feeling we are going to be in for a very hard winter this year. Soo, it will be interesting to see how I do. Every year gets worse. But I will try to make the most of it!
    Keep warm ladies!

    • #14338
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Wow valerie!
      That sounds like a place I would definitely not want to live in lol! Although I’m sure it has it’s perks. Crank that heat up high! Heat and fireplaces also dry out the air and I need some type of hunidifier to make the air a little more comfortable to breathe. Does the heat in the house bother you or dry you out?

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