Winter With Chronic Pain: How To Keep Warm During The Chilly Months Ahead

67102150_MWinter can be a real problem for those of us with chronic pain. The bone-chilling months ahead can wreak havoc on our bodies and leave us stuck in our beds for days on end. If you’ve experienced a freezing winter with chronic pain, you know why some of us really dread the winter season. Of course, there are many things about winter that we enjoy, but the cold certainly isn’t one of them.

The good news is there are things we can do to make sure the winter isn’t making our chronic pain too unbearable. Although we may not be in the depths of winter yet, now is the time to think about ways you can stay warm and cozy during the winter months ahead. And if you’re not sure where to begin, it’s okay! We’ve come up with several warm winter options.

Prevent your chronic pain from flaring up during the coldest months of the year.

During the warmer summer months we’ve experienced this year, you likely haven’t been thinking too much about stocking up on thick blankets and quilts. When you have chronic pain, you’ll want to ensure you can sleep and nap somewhere with plenty of comfortable blankets to keep you warm. This is especially true during the winter. Make sure you have enough to store at least one warm blanket in every room of your house. Heated, electric blankets are also a great option for those of us who just never seem to find blankets warm enough.

Invest in a space heater you can take with you from room to room.

Your home may stay warm enough for the rest of your family during the winter just by keeping your heating system on. However, if you’re suffering from chronic pain, you may require a little more heat than your kids or partner. A personal space heater can be a great option to ensure that no matter where you are in the home, you can stay as warm as you need to. The great thing about these personal heaters are that you can find lightweight ones that are easily mobile. Some also come with timers, so they can turn off if you fall asleep with them on.

Update your windows so they are more energy efficient.

If you live in an older home or your windows haven’t been updated for as long as you’ve lived there, it may be time to update them. New windows today can be incredibly energy efficient and keep the warm air locked tight inside your home where you need it. Older windows may not be as efficient and may let the hot air escape from the rooms you need it in. This can lead to you feeling colder in your home than you want to, and it can also lead to an increase in your energy bills during the winter months.

Talk to your children about leaving exterior doors open for long periods of time.

That first time it snows can be incredibly exciting for your little ones. They may run out to play in the snow and leave the door wide open. This can lead to a draft coming through your home and affecting how you feel. Before the snow even hits, talk to your kids about keeping the doors closed as much as possible during the cold months. Be honest with them about how cold air makes you feel so they understand why you’re asking them to keep the doors closed.

Winter can be hard on our bodies, especially when we’re dealing with an autoimmune diseases and chronic pain. We want you to be able to enjoy this season as much as your sweet children likely do. Although we can’t stop every chill from holding us back from winter fun, we surely can make the season a little more enjoyable. Stay warm this winter!


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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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