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Posted Oct 26 2010 8:22am

When the temperature drops it has been scientifically proven that symptoms of several disorders like muscle aches, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatic disorders, Osteoarthritis and CFS to name a few, can be much more painful.

Winter aches and pains are some of the toughest to deal with as cold air can cause the tendons and joints to contract which then makes pain more pronounced. Restricted blood flow or poor circulation can bring on joint disorders.

They say that two of the many substances that cause blood flow to flow less freely are caffeine and nicotine, so these two should be limited during winter months. They also say that lacking in Vitamin D, which the body makes from the sun's ultraviolet rays, also falls in winter and this can have a dramatic effect on pain and muscles.

Research showed that inadequate Vitamin D has been linked to a long list of joint and muscle disorders. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and bone health and if you lack Vitamin D it can result in a softening of bone surfaces, called osteomalacia, which causes pain and the lower back seems to be particularly vulnerable.

Of course, common sense tells us that to avoid aches and pains we should stay warm. But you can also help your pain by using an electric blanket or heat pad, buy one of the new blanket-robes, and wear several layers rather than one heavy one. By keeping your body warm, your joints won't stiffen up and hurt, which will then give you a much more comfortable winter.

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