In the UK we are currently in the middle of a surprisingly hot summer. I know I just said the UK and hot in the same sentence. Usually, by this time of the year, we barely reach short wearing weather and we always need an umbrella handy for when the heavens open which we have all grown to expect.
Unfortunately, I have found that suffering from Fibromyalgia can cause heat sensitivity and on the hottest day of the year so far I am suffering. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I really learnt the meaning of a “flare-up” the hard way. After 3 weeks of clearly doing too much for my body to handle, I have well and truly hit a wall and whilst my energy levels have hit a low point my pain levels have rocketed. For the last 3 days from the moment I get out of bed, I am faced with pain all over my body that does not subside until I fall asleep and I have not had a seemly good night’s rest in I don’t know how long. I am embarrassed at how pathetic I look trying to get up the stairs, using what little strength I have to pull myself up. My walking stick has now become my best friend and is by my side more often than not.