Rain, Rain Go Away! The Effects of Weather and Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Posted Oct 03 2008 11:31am
Last summer, as I sat on the deck over looking Lake Superior, I saw a dark thick cloud bank rolling in from the west. It had been a beautiful clear and sunny day, but as I saw the new weather charging in, I knew pain was coming along with it.
Cooler temperatures and humidity are often not an arthritis sufferers friends. At least that’s the way it is for me; but that’s not always the case for others. Some claim the opposite, low pressure weather systems have a positive affect on their Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms.
Many tests and experiments have been made to find exact reasons for this cause and effect; and while there are definite implications, doctors note that it’s not the same results for everyone across the board and have no explanation as to why that is. Sunny, warm and clear skies which make me feel wonderful can have the opposite reaction to some one else suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
So what’s to be done? The best thing is to be well informed. Know your triggers and keep an eye on your environment. I myself, check the weather reports at least twice a day to see what’s coming up, and if I see some low pressure, cool weather approaching, I get ready for it.
Sometimes it’s as simple as keeping myself warm with extra clothes. Other times I need to take it easy and spend some quality time with my heating pad in bed. It definitely pays off to be well aware of what’s going on around me.
How does the weather affect your Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms?
To go off on a tangent… I thought I’d put some more pictures up from my vacation to Niagara Falls. It’s a great place to have a ton of fun!
The gentle belugas getting a snack at Marine Land.
“Mel Gibson” and I at the wax works museum.
Mr. Buffalo with a cracker stuck on his nose. He was not happy when my husband put it there!