How’s the weather?

Originally posted www.ProHealth.com • March 18, 2017

February hit me like a brick wall.

The fatigue, pain, and depression increased every day. The last few days before going on vacation, I did absolutely nothing but sleep.

Then, I spent five days in Heaven.

Well, actually it was Mesa, Arizona, but it felt like what I imagine Heaven to be. I had five days of no pain. I had forgotten what it felt like to have no pain. I went five days without being covered in ice packs, a heating pad, my Oska Pulse or extra pain medicine.

I get teary-eyed when I say it …

5 days with no pain.

It had been 11 years since the last time I can remember not having daily pain.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes many symptoms; most common are widespread pain and fatigue, and certain climates can increase pain, headaches, depression and fatigue. While climate affects each of us differently, cold and damp (rain, snow or sleet) are the worst weather conditions for me.

Since many fibromites and chronic pain patients report that cold weather makes their symptoms worse, I am frequently asked if weather affects the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. Certainly, a climate where the temperature remains warmer could be better for the condition. I know it is for me!

Extreme weather conditions also affect our symptoms. Most chronic pain patients report that weather plays a very important role in how they feel, reporting that extreme cold weather and extreme hot weather makes their symptoms worse.

For me, the perfect weather condition is to avoid cold, damp climates as well as sticky, humid weather. Not only can weather conditions trigger my symptoms, I find that changes in the barometric pressure also worsen them. Like many others, I can predict when the weather is going to change. I can almost guarantee a prediction of rain or snow.

In the perfect world, we would live in the climate that is best for us. But how many people can actually uproot their families and move because of one person’s health? Our daughter is a junior in high school and planning to attend college in our home state. My parents, sister and brother-in-law live five hours away. We have jobs, lifelong friends and adopted family members.

However, when looking for the best climate, there are certain weather elements to look for and others to avoid. Someone with fibromyalgia may want to avoid areas like Alaska or the Midwest where there is a lot of snow during a cold winter. Other states on the East and West coasts, including Florida, receive rain almost every day; the South is known for high humidity which can increase aches, pains and headaches.

A temperate, dry climate with consistently warmer temperatures is likely the best for many of us with fibromyalgia. In my mind, the Southwestern United States (Arizona, New Mexico) fits the ideal weather pattern – it’s not often cold and the weather doesn’t change often enough to trigger the pain and other symptoms.

I left Mesa’s dry 86-degree temperature feeling emotionally and physically restored and returned to the bitter cold 6 degrees in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s. The pain returned the next day, but those five days in the warm sunshine were just what the doctor ordered for me emotionally.

Hummingbird Vital Motion

I was given the opportunity to try the Hummingbird device in exchange for writing this review.

What is it?

The Hummingbird is a medical therapeutic device manufactured in the United States by Vital Motion. It is small and light making it easy to transport and the instructions could not be any simpler. You simply sit in a chair placing the heels of your feet on the floor and rest the front of both feet on the Hummingbird.

Tap the Start button to activate the stimulation time. “It can be used while performing other activities such as eating, reading a newspaper or book, watching television or working at your desk. It’s size allows it to be conveniently used under a desk, table, in front of your favorite chair, or in the passenger seat of a car.”

The Hummingbird operates by using low amplitude, low-frequency physical massage therapy causing muscles in each calf to pump blood and fluid from the lower leg back to the heart. This improves circulation of the blood throughout the body and to the brain.

My Experience

I was told that it would alleviate the muscle aches, pain, fatigue, and related symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions.

I have been using the Hummingbird for over a month and I have been very surprised at the results. I found it very easy to use. The convenience of not having to remove either my shoes or socks is great for using in locations other than my living room. I initially started using the device twice a day for 10 minute sessions. After a few days, I increased the sessions to 30 minutes and the stimulation level to 40.

I experience nightly leg pain that wakes me several times a night causing me to apply either an ice pack. The first thing I noticed after a few weeks was the reduction in nightly leg pain. I found myself not having to use the ice packs as often. Waking less often gives my body the opportunity to rest more leading to feeling less fatigued. It is my hope that continued use of the Hummingbird will lead to what others who have used it have discovered. Others who have used the device has said, “The Hummingbird has improved my sleep, energy and mental clarity. A device as easy to use as the Hummingbird that offers the chance to decrease my “brain fog” is worth continuing to use.

READ the Label

You need to have an Android or Apple smartphone to control the stimulation time and stimulation level. They are working on a remote control for the Hummingbird but it is not available yet.

As with any medical device you need to read the label. It is not recommended that people high blood pressure or a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) use the Hummingbird. In addition, anyone who has undergone any surgery in the last 3 months, has implants, pacemaker, or is pregnant should consult their physician prior to using the Hummingbird.

Give it a Try!

Hummingbird offers a risk-free 30 day trial period. Use code “Fibrowarriors” and you will receive free shipping. Please visit Vital Motion for more information.