My feet get really achey when it is too cold. But I prefer the cooler weather, hot weather makes my lymphedema worse. I'm like baby bear in Goldilocks, I need it to be 'just right', not too hot and not too cold. Which pretty much rules out living anywhere, so just have to adjust. Janet
ILIE, i would think the Bay area would be much colder than Alabama. Here in Arizona it is HOT HOT HOT and gonna get HOTTER!! Winters are quite mild, I rarely put heater on, maybe in the morning for a half hour to take the night chill off the house. I ache whether it is hot or cold, but if I get chilled I ache a bit more. I do feel the weather changes, from the outside temps to inside AC cooled house, esp if I go in and out a few times a day. That is uncomfortable, to be all hot and sweaty then walk into air conditioning!! UGH!!
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I just moved from the Bay Area back to Alabama and I must say that neither of these places have any kind of sensible weather. It's a lot of flip flopping from sweltering to needing a jacket and hat. That kind of temperature fluctuation really messes with all of my joints, but mostly my back and knees. If I'm not prepared for it, it pretty much ends any plans I might have. At least, any plans that I want to not be in pain and complaining for the whole time.
I really don't like the way most pain meds make me feel so I try to stick with just ibuprofen and other home remedies. Heat packs are awesome, too.
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I feel for all of us whose pain increase with the colder weather.
One of the few things I found that does help me are those "hot patches". I buy the really large ones and place them on my lower back where I have the most frequent spasms from the cold.
I buy the off brands when I don't have coupons for the name brand ones and they work every bit as well.
I also have both of my knees replaced and the "metal" in them seem to just grab onto the cold and it sinks deep into my legs. A friend of mine made me wool leg warmers that go just above and below my new knees. They have helped.
I also wear tights or panty hose under my pants to try to help my body stay warmer.
I wish I were the type of person who could stay home ALL winter long lol But when I stay home for more then a day I get depressed.
I live in Ohio and the weather really makes a huge impact on my pain. The last few days it has been in the 40's and damp and I can already feel the pain starting. I just try to keep up with my back exercises but that really doesn't help. I just look forward to my vacations south.
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Cold weather definitely does make my pain worse. I try to avoid being in the cold as much as possible, and wear layers of clothing when I do go out. I do a lot of stretches to try and counteract the pain. Luckily I won't have to worry about this until around the end of November though, because right now we're still in the 80's here in Georgia.
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In the winter I often have a wheat pack tucked into my back in my armchair and one on my feet. It seems to help a bit.
We are going into warmer weather, altho' you wouldn't know it today - quite nippy - but spring is certainly here. The spring flowers have done their thing and the little lambs/calves are bouncing around in the paddocks :-)
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