Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME: Are You Feeling Hot and Overheated?
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Do you struggle with feeling hot and overheated? Have you been told that “this is part of fibromyalgia and CFS”? (Along with numerous other symptoms…).
Guess what? Your body is trying to tell you something! Find out a major issue and a real reason for why you feel hot here…
FEELING HOT IS A HUGE COMPLAINT OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH FIBROMYALGIA & CFS
Seems to me that many of us fibromyalgia and CFS warriors struggle with our body temperatures running hot. On our Facebook group Fibromyalgia, CFS & Chronic Pain Life, body temperature is a hot topic!
I know that I am far from being alone regarding temperature fluctuations and running hot (overheating) all the time….and it seems that for many of us, our bedroom fan has become our best friend – 365 days a year, even with sub-zero temperatures!
‘IT’S JUST ANOTHER FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOM’ (NOT!)
Have you had this experience…You go to the doctor and tell them that you’re constantly hot and they tell you,
‘It’s just another symptom of fibromyalgia’
Your doctor informs you that, ‘body temperature fluctuations and feeling hot are just one of the many symptoms of fibromyalgia, (or CFS/ME), you’re just going to have to live with it.
Or, they inform you that it’s your age, and it’s hormonal – and then put you on HRT! Or suggest evening primrose, and send you on your way…
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But deep down, you know that these aren’t just dreaded hot flashes and night sweats… You know that there is definitely something else going on. Right?!
And perhaps, just perhaps – it is all connected to why you are feeling so ‘blah’, and achy, fatigued and so many other health issues you are struggling with…
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY YOU ARE FEELING SO HOT?
I am sorry. I am going to say it and you may not like it.
The whole, ‘feeling hot is a symptom of fibromyalgia/CFS’ is a cop out answer from your doctor. (And you will find out below a lot more about why this is and what may be causing you to feel hot, and many of your other fibromyalgia/CFS symptoms…).
There are OTHER things going on that are obviously causing you/us to overheat!!!
OVERHEATING IS A SIGN OF INFLAMMATION
For most of us, we are dealing with major inflammation going on in our bodies. Our bodies are overheating, so no wonder we are hot! But what is actually CAUSING this inflammation?
When we understand this (and what I am about to share with you), then it means that you are in a better position to make decisions on what you can do to improve your health.
WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is when your body tried to protect itself from foreign substances, as well as infections such as bacteria and viruses. When your body is inflamed, the inflammation helps the body by producing white blood cells and other substances to combat the problem.
When your immune system triggers an inflammatory response inappropriately it becomes an autoimmune disease. The body compensates by attacking its own healthy tissues, acting as if they are infected or abnormal.
This protective process will also stimulate nerves and tissues, causing pain.
INFLAMMATION: ROOT CAUSES
Identifying the root causes of your inflammation (and therefore, your reason for feeling hot!), is key. The sooner you are able to do this, the faster you will be able to get inflammation, pain and feeling hot more under control. #fact
It is also important to understand that conventional medicine (Western), generally deals with treating symptoms vs. idenitifying root problems that cause those symptoms to begin with. (Crazy, right?!).
Ultimately, when we don’t deal with root problems, that’s when a seedling of a problem becomes an absolutely huge issue! As you can see from the picture of the tree that has gone wild with roots everywhere!
(Read on to find out what you can do to help mitigate inflammation and not only help reduce feeling hot, but also start healing your body, too.)
When we know WHAT is the root problem causing the issue, then we have the best opportunity to fix it and feel better!
FEELING HOT, PAIN & INFLAMMATION
Feeling hot can be a hormonal response, however, for many of us living with fibromyalgia and CFS, there’s a good chance that it is also inflammation. Of course, your doctor should be checking your hormone levels to make sure that your body is in balance.
Did you know that there are 5 cardinal signs of inflammation?
- Loss of function
INFLAMMATION GOES FAR BEYOND FEELING HOT & SWOLLEN
As with everything…Education is critical!
IS FOOD REALLY THE ROOT CAUSE OF INFLAMMATION?
One of the big trends we are seeing at the moment, are anti-inflammatory diets, that basically eliminate foods such as:
- artificial sweeteners
- fast foods
- trans fats
- conventionally raised meats
Is food really, the root cause of the inflammation? Or…
In many cases, it’s actually what is in and on the food – i.e. the highly toxic chemicals such as pesticides & herbicides as well as added growth hormones & antibiotics – which are the underlying root cause of inflammation – and in fact THAT is what is making us hot.
GLYPHOSATE & INFLAMMATION
Although there are numerous foods and environmental factors that can cause inflammation. Glyphosate,(a herbicide), is just an example of what is sadly (and scarily) just the tip of the iceberg regarding toxic exposure.
Glyphosate and other toxic chemicals are on soooo many of our crops, that according to the USDA, 40% of all ORGANIC crops have toxic chemical residue. #fact
Don’t forget, that it isn’t just the corn, wheat, soy and other crops glyphosate is sprayed on…it is also sprayed on the crops that livestock are eating. So, unless you follow a gluten-free plant-based diet, it’s in your dairy and meat, too.
Think about it. People wear Hazmat suits to spray the food that we EAT.
This article is worth reading – Glyphosate: A Root Cause of Inflammation?
FEELING HOT & SLEEP
It sucks when it’s like 90F outside, there’s no air con, and you’re hot, sticky and sweating in bed (and everywhere else!). However, for many of us, we go through this experience on a daily or at least regular basis, year-round – even with freezing weather outside.
Many of us notice feeling hot at night when we are trying to sleep. On top of having numerous fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain, adding another issue such as struggling with the heat, just makes struggling to sleep even worse!
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I personally find using a tower fan really helpful, and the gentle white noise it makes helps with sleep. Due to my neck injury and osteoarthritis, I also sleep on an ice pack, and I find that the Koolpak brand is excellent, as they last a lot longer than other gel packs I’ve used. Furthermore, a cool head (and a cooler brain) acutally helps insomnia, too!
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In saying this, I’ve written an article on my Top 5 Best Sleep Products for People with Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME which may gives you a list of my favourite sleep products.
I know some people also really like having a cool, chill pillow and cool gel memory foam mattresses, to help keep cool when they’re feeling hot at night. Ultimately, everyone is different regarding what works and what doesn’t.
However, it’s important to know that there is a direct correlation regarding how poor sleep, chronic pain and depression feed each other.
THERE IS HOPE (& HELP) TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION & FEELING HOT!
It is important to understand that you DO have the ability and opportunity to make changes in your life – and in your health. And take control! Here are several things that you can do to help reduce inflammation in your body.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we are ALL living with toxic overload. In fact, we are born toxic. According to the Enviromental Working Group (EWG), 287 toxic chemicals and pollutants were found in a 2005 study of newborn babies umbilical cord blood, Body Burden: Toxic Pollution in Newborns.
In fact, the symptoms of toxic overload syndrome are the same as fibromyalgia,CFS/ME. And most conventional medicine doctors won’t have a clue about toxicity and the symptoms of toxic overload, because there’s no pharmaceutical remedy to treat this vast epidemic.
Bottom line is your liver is overworked by attempting to filter the toxic sludge, which will attribute to overheating and feeling hot.
There are various types of detoxes, including heavy metal and cellular (very intense!). However, there are several things that you can do that are easy (and even enjoyable!).
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Infrared Saunas – I know! You’re thinking, ‘Hello?! I’m already hot, why would I want to get even hotter?!’
However, sweating out toxins by using an infrared sauna on a very regular basis, is an excellent, natural way to detox (and feel amazing, too!).
In fact, on top of the infrared sauna being relaxing, it also helps to reduce aches and pains and improves your skin!
Did you know that you can buy infrared saunas that don’t cost the earth and basically just plug in (no construction required)?
Change Your Diet – Understand what foods are instigating inflammation, and causing pain, as well as making you hot and ditch them for ones that don’t!
Check out the cookbook Recipes for Repair: 10 Week Program to Combat Inflammation & Identify Food Sensitivities
Hopefully, the information provided in this article has provided you with some really important insights. I personally believe that there is a huge link between fibromyalgia and CFS and inflammation and the potential root causes.
It’s important to know that there ARE things that you can do to take control of your health that are relatively easy, such as detoxing and diet. By doing so, your body will thank you and you may find that the heat and pain your body is in, is massively reduced.