hot tub issues

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Applyn59, Jun 10, 2003.

  1. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    Hi,

    I spent another day in my neighbor's hot tub today.
    I actually have a sunburn and am quite happy about
    it. I am a very pale person and I hate looking so
    white!

    I stayed in longer than I did last week. After about
    one hour, I became nauseated and shaky so I got
    out for awhile and lowered the temp. It had been
    102. Also put up her big umbrella to provide
    shade. The water got down to 97 degrees and it
    was cool and refreshing, especially with the umbrulla -
    (Sp? looks so weird)!

    One of the reasons I know I got shaky was because
    I have to go in it without eating any food. This, of
    course, I hate to do. I am someone who needs food
    in me to feel better. However, I"ve been having
    awful IBS bouts lately and can't take the chance.

    My neighbor now uses bromine in the hot tub rather
    than the chlorine. I like it a lot better. I used to get
    very itchy after coming out of her pool. I am bothered
    by allergies to her plants and flowers and the grass,
    etc, but I won't let that stop me.

    The funny thing is, both last year and this year,
    I find that the hot tub doesn't help with any of my pains!
    I have back pain worse when I come out then when
    I go in. I have chronic back issues and often think
    it must be that I can't sit properly in the hot tub to
    support my back very well. I still don't know why
    it can't help me feel better. Heating pads do.
    I have degenerative disk, arthritis, spurs and herniated
    discs, and failed back surgery.

    My hands feel very sore and tight, too.

    However, I don't care! I just LOVE being IN the hot
    tub and it makes me very happy and relaxed. It
    will eventually (I hope) reverse my sleeping cycles
    like it did the first time I went in it two years ago.

    I know it makes me happier when I am not in it, too.
    Feeling as exhausted as I have for the past year,
    this is at least an enjoyable incentive to DRAG my
    exhausted body out of bed to go plop in that
    hot tub. I really am an Aquarious through and through!

    Any one else have these reactions?
    It made me more sleepy today than last week but I know it's because I stayed in longer.

    Lynn
  2. Jen F

    Jen F New Member

    Hi Lynn,

    glad you made it to the hot tub again!

    Though one hour seems like a pretty long time! :)

    Strange that heating pads help you but hot tub doesn't make your back feel better...Maybe you're right bout the poor back support in the hot tub.

    I imagine your arthritis is helped by heat, but your herniated disks maybe respond better to ice?

    HOpe you sleep well!
  3. Plantscaper

    Plantscaper New Member

    Hi Applyn,

    Put message for you on hottubs over there..not so sure about the rules, here, anymore..

    Plantscaper
  4. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Our arthritis water exercises are in water around 80 - 82 degrees. Although 102 sounds comfy, being in a hot tub at that temp longer than 15 min. might raise your blood pressure and make you dizzy/light-headed.

    I would think it would ease your muscle pain as well as other pains. I know I would certainly like to give it a try!
  5. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    I just read that Dr. Charles Lapp recommends
    95 degrees. Another dr. I think say
    98. I know I have this info somewhere that I saved
    once. I just found the Lapp stuff though and
    he wants 95 for a hot indoors - using a thermometer.

    Lynn
  6. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    I am currently looking into that!
    Thanks,
    Lynn
  7. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    Thanks for your info on the hot tub.
    Now that my neighbor isn't using chloride, I am
    no longer itchy when I come out. I used to get
    itchy within minutes. I also have no bumps all
    over my body. Thanks for the warning though.
    I will look it up online. I know, I am a nerd.

    Thanks,
    Lynn