Aggravating factors that make fibromyalgia symptoms worse

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Weather (especially cold climates and changes in barometric pressure), cold or drafty environments, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), poor quality sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and over-exertion can all contribute to fibromyalgia symptom flare-ups.1,2

Other Situations that Make Fibromyalgia Worse

Fibromyalgia patients are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, some foods, and prescription medications.3 You may also experience:4,5,6

  • chest pain unrelated to the heart

  • shortness of breath

  • dizziness

  • nasal congestion

  • painful periods

  • palpitations

  • irritable bladder/interstitial cystitis

  • profuse sweating

  • tingling/numbness sensations

  • chemical sensitivities

  • vulvodynia (vulvar pain)

  • difficulty focusing eyes

  • the feeling of swollen extremities

  • dry/burning eyes and mouth

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