I guess someone could use us to determine good time to go fishing by our pain.. I had noticed the change before storms but I guess I never had the opportunity (laugh) to test this sub zero temps. I did notice a major change yesterday when it got to 30 and today it will go to low 40's and I feel like a new person. In a strange way that gives me hope because one thing for sure about weather is change. Thanks everyone for your input.
Knowing it is weather related helps me because one thing definite with weather is it will change. It is 19 feels like 9 here today. At least it is above 0. It is weird but knowing there are others going through this too helps...sorry if that sounds strange. LOL
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Low pressure (storms), humidity and cold all make the pain and stiffness worse. I'm having my first major flair since having this damnable disease (4 years.) Two of my favorite things in winter since having RA are washing my hands under hot water (which is good because it presumably helps me not to get sick) and taking warm clothes out of the dryer.
Gratitude is definitely a good thing. I like the site www.gratefulness.org/ . They email me a quote "Word of the Day" and have nice free e-cards.
I have RA and fibromyalgia and today am in flare. The cold here in FL is unusual and my body isn't used to it. Ditto the rains over the past 10 days, as mentioned. I find that whenever there is a change in the atmospheric pressure my body lets me know loudly. It happens but not nearly as often as when I lived in Maine. Trying to find things to be grateful for today to keep my spirits up. The pain may take over my body but I am determined it won't change my attitude!
I feel that it's the changes in the weather system mainly that affect me, but also the humidity in the summer and the extreme cold in the winter, as we have here in MN. It's been an extremely hard winter so far and I feel it deeply in my joints! I have a feeling that no matter where I'd live that I will feel the RA, but more so where there's such a change in weather!! The main change from this cold this winter is if we'd have a blizzard and then that causes pain. Today's not a good day so something's coming!
Artielle thanks for your input. I lived in south Florida for many years and am in touch with so many friends and family there. These have been powerful storms and it makes sense that we would feel it. Margarette
I am in Florida and having a huge flare. The weather changes from day to day and we have been having clouds and rain sprinkles (and a couple real rains) for about 10 days. The temps haven't been extreme, only fluctuating so much as to cause flaring. I came here to get away from that. It didn't work.
At the beginning of the winter my rheumatologist (who is a man of few words) said "Stay warm and stay away from sick people." Also any humidity and/or low atmospheric pressure (storms) do affect the joints (nitrous oxide in them, a bit like the bends divers get.)
I don't know what's going on with me. I think it's my first serious flare. I called the doc and he Rx'ed 4 days of prednisone. I skipped my Humira in Nov. because I had bronchitis. At first I thought that caught up with me. Then I thought it was too much work over Christmas. Cold? Humidity? Had my meds quit working? (I've only been on the Humira a year.) Finally after week, I decided it might be a big ole' flair. I hurt from my neck to my toes. Hang in there baby! In a few days we might get back to a normal winter.
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