When I was diagnosed with Lupus, I was advised to stay out of the sun as much as possible, and to wear hats and clothing to cover up, and to have sunscreen on 100% of the time. The sun can cause Lupus to act up. Even before I was told this, I instinctively avoided being in the sun a lot because it just makes me feel tired and yucky.
Addison’s Disease frequently causes an imbalance of electrolytes in the blood stream, and if you’ve ever been active on a hot day you know that being dehydrated can make your muscles hot and crampy. It can be hard to deal with Addison’s on a hot day. Most Addisonians can’t drink gatorade/powerade because we are at risk for having high levels of potassium in our blood stream, and shouldn’t consume food and drink with extra potassium in it. I actually don’t have to worry about this, but I still don’t drink the sports drinks. They’re too sugary and science has suggested that they are carcinogenic.
I live in Southern California, where it is hot, sunny, and dry for a good part of the year. I do not have air conditioning where I live. During this period of weather, it is a struggle to stay well. The heat makes my muscles ache pretty badly. On a cold day, when I have achy muscles, I like to put on menthol muscle rubs and a heat pad as a distraction to the pain, but who wants to do that when it’s 90 out and you’re sweating your tits off? And no, the hot air doesn’t help the pain(seems counter-intuitive, huh?). My body struggles to regulate my electrolytes as it is, and adding sweating profusely to the mix makes the pain that much worse. The heat also makes me very tired, but it is too hot to take a nap, unless I want to wake up all hot and sweaty and groggy. No thanks. The sun here is relentless. It’s rarely ever cloudy, and when it is, I’m really happy.
As you can imagine, I get really irritated with people’s general response to the weather around here. I’ve heard the weatherman describe 90 degree weather with 7% humidity and 40+mph Santa Ana winds as “nice.” And people describe 60 degrees and drizzling as “freezing and miserable.” The cold rainy days are when I feel my best and I feel like slapping people who whine about it. By December I should be in the clear as far as being done with any hot dry weather, but last Christmas eve it was hot, so we’ll see.
I hate California.