I'm with you Val I prefer cold to hot any day. In the heat I swell up something awful. I was on 50,000 Vitamin D for over two years and it didn't help my arthritis but it did make "ME" feel better health wise. Which helps the pain in a way. Good quality sleep is very important. Which can be hard when your in pain. I call it a catch 22. If your in pain you don't sleep, if you don't sleep your in pain. It's a vicous cycle.
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I can't take the heat we get here in the summer, either. I have MS and I just don't do at all well when I get too hot, but cold I can take. I grumble about it when it's tooooo cold, but it's much better for me than toooo hot.
When I was first diagnosed with RA, my doctor put me on 50000 units of Vitamin D once a week for a month, and now I take 2000 units daily. I feel it when I skip it, that's for sure! I also feel crappy when I don't get enough sleep. I find it interesting that I'm one of the few people I know that dreads the heat of summer. I'm more comfortable, believe it or not, in the wintertime. The cold doesn't seem to bother me as much as the heat and the humidity do.
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Nondra, of the 3 forms of vitamin D, D3 is the one that the human body can most easily use. (I'm actually not sure if our bodies can use D1 and D2 at all.) So I'm sure that's the one that your doctor wanted you to take.
Libby, EVERYthing is worse for me when I haven't slept enough. My arthritis symptoms are worse, my MS symptoms are worse, my mood is worse, my coordination is worse...really, everything suffers when I haven't gotten enough sleep. The only way I know how to deal with not getting a good night's sleep is to do everything I have to do during my day very slowly and carefully, and then hope for a better night of sleep the next night. I work in a hospital lab and most days my job seems relatively easy to me...but when I haven't slept enough I have to take extra time and make sure that I'm comparing names and ID numbers very, very carefully so that I don't release patient A's results to patient B's chart. I'm always scared to death that I'm going to do that...especially when we have twins in house.
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There is a correlation with sleep... not so much the quantity, but the quality. And that's both the fibro and the OA.
Where I used to complain about the heat as a youngster, I now seek it out. Heat and humidity... how can I aim you directly at my spine? Let me find a black sleeveless shirt for starters. (Of course, that is the OA talking, not necessarily the fibro. Fibro has a thermostat of its own.)
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No.....I don't think it's psychological at all! I find that the weather, especially drastic changes in the humidity/dampness levels, wreaks havoc on my joints and my fibro. Ironically, it's on the dryest days that my joints hurt the most. And when we go from dry to humid ..... and vice versa...... I hurt all over.
Also, does anyone find a direct correlation between the amount of sleep they get and the amount of pain they experience?? On the day after a bad night's sleep, I'm sure to have a flare-up of both the osteo and fibro. Last night I had, maybe, three hours of sleep. After sleeping fitfully, I was up at 4am and never fell back to sleep. Today I'm in total flare-up and feeling miserable. I usually sleep well these days.....but there are those 'devil' nights when I just can't sleep.......and I suffer so much the next day.
Does anyone have this experience?? And, how do you handle it? I'm glad I don't have any set plans today......because all I want to do is rest this weary, pain-ridden body. I get so annoyed at my inability to control these things.....Can't control the weather; can't control the nights I can't get quality sleep. When I think back many years ago......I remember my mother suffering so much with RA. She had a very virulent case of it and spent much of her life going from doctor to doctor seeking relief. I don't want to be my mother, in that respect.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be better (but they're predicting rain all day.............).
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In June, after being tested for RA and Lupus, my doctor told me that all she could find other than OA from prior injuries was a vitamin D deficiency, she told me to start taking a supplement, however at the same time we moved from Montana to Nevada and I began sunbathing for an hour a day (we have a REALLY high fence!!) anyway, not sure if it's a combination of the drier weather and the sunshine, but for whatever reason, I'm feeling a lot better.
Over the weekend we had a lot of thunderstorms and both pressure and humidity shot up and I felt really bad again. Yesterday the weather started clearing up and I started feeling better, not sure if this is psychological or what....
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