Have you noticed that your joints are stiff and hurt more when it rains? There are actually some very good reasons for this. Some types of weather can cause additional inflammation and swelling, as well as increased pain and other symptoms.
Drops in temperature, especially when sudden
Drops in temperature have been shown to significantly increase swelling and inflammation in arthritic joints. A 2007 study found that there was an incremental increase in arthritic pain with every 10-degree drop in temperature.
Low barometric pressure
Barometric pressure, or atmospheric pressure, is simply the pressure in the atmosphere of Earth. When a cold front approaches, it causes a drop in the barometer. Although it is not understood how or why, low pressure can increase in pain and stiffness. When a cold front moves in, temperatures and pressure drops can put you down for the rest of the day.
Not all weather affects everyone.
Part of the problem with studying the effects of weather on arthritic symptoms is that different weather patterns don’t affect everyone, even when they have the same diagnosis. So how can you tell if the weather affects your arthritis? It’s fairly simple with today’s online resources to find patterns between weather and symptoms.
Managing pain during weather events
If you experience more pain during precipitation or a cold front, you might need to take additional measures to manage your pain during these weather events. The most recommended course of treatment is RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. If you need more assistance, talk to your doctor about options.
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