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4/5/18 9:02 P

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....sorry to hear that...both the snow, and the pain. I only hurt in relation to snow *after* I've shoveled-LOL (grew up in and still visit Dad in eastern Washington state.. did my share of shoveling this December!!) Take care,
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4/5/18 7:51 P

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We are going to get a snowstorm on Saturday. It isn't going to amount to much, but I have friends on Facebook. Who are hoping for 6-8 inches. They don't have to shovel or anything crazy like that. So of course they love snow.

Boomerang temperatures definitely affect my aches and pains. I feel like my head and shoulders are stuck in a vice. Right before a snow storm my head is like a kettle drum.

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4/5/18 1:35 P

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Sourdough starter? I have to "LOL" -- around here that would simply mean my sil left the fridge door slightly open --again--!! I'd be on Tylenol overdose if I tried to follow that trend....

Mostly I just take one Meloxicam a day for prevention; Tylenol if I know I just overdid it (think gardening, long bike ride, etc) and I'm starting to hurt; and 1/2 Tyl3 if I'm hurting before bedtime, saving the other half if I wake up later during the night still hurting.

I think I'm pretty fortunate that this, along with regular phys therapy exercise, is keeping things tolerable!! My knees aren't bad enough to have surgery suggested...although I just had two friends who got new joints last week...and my sister will likely get a new hip in the next year or so...so my time might come.
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4/5/18 10:43 A

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Those "boomerang" changes are really nasty - and put tons of folks in hospital around here every year with pressure migraines... and the weather folks can't even get close to accurately predicting them.

My best "defense" right now is keeping an eye on the sourdough starter that I keep in my fridge --- when the starter that is normally dormant at fridge temps suddenly starts being highly active and trying to escape the container, I can be pretty sure that the pressure has just dropped dramatically and that I'll be in a world of hurt within a short time. I'm lucky that this often gives me enough warning to get some OTC pain meds on board (either ibuprofen or naproxen) and keep AHEAD of the arthritis and migraine pain (it takes a lot less meds to prevent the pain than it does to catch up to it).

The starter actually leapt out of the container on Monday (resulting in a couple of unplanned loaves of bread) and again yesterday, which gave me enough notice to not end up totally bed-ridden. The Magic Bag and hot water bottles have seen a lot of use for my hands and feet, but at least I was able to keep things almost bearable with just the ibuprofen.

For all that I am done with the cold and winter, I'm actually feeling a bit grateful that the weather system with snow and cold is supposed to settle in here for a few days --- which might give me at least a short break from the "boomerangs"!

Hope things are more settled in your part of the world - and that you get some level pressures with sunshine and good things for at least a few months!

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4/3/18 7:37 P

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I think the boomerang changes in the weather affect me more than anything.
Easter it was mild enough to go outside with a sweater, the following morning we had 5 inches of snow, today it's raining and tomorrow it's going to be in the high 50's.

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4/3/18 5:43 P

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@MANDIETERRIER1
"...(can I vent and say, I despise this hateful cold weather? I despise it with every fiber of my being) "

THIS. Yes, yes, a million times, yes!!!


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4/3/18 2:38 P

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I hear you about the barometric pressure drop. It is so cold and damp where I live, in the 40's. That my head and shoulders often feel like they are in a vice. I try to avoid taking pain medication. Until I just can't stand it anymore.

(can I vent and say, I despise this hateful cold weather? I despise it with every fiber of my being)

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4/1/18 8:43 P

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emoticon all of you for your feedback
It helps to know I am not the only one who goes through this.



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My doctor suggested a long time ago that I take most of my meds with food.... It does take longer for something like Tylenol or Meloxicam to get into my system and alleviate pain, but so worth it. It never used to bother me, but now that I'm in my Medicare years, my stomach is a bit more sensitive, *and* I'm taking a few more meds to cope with my issues. I'm very grateful its not more!!

A simple snack is usually enough: 1/4 to half an English muffin with peanut butter, or a small Greek yogurt...half of a banana...1/4 avocado...just something to coat the stomach.

There are actually very few meds that cannot be taken with food.... Check with a pharmacist if you have questions!!
patti

PS---Love your Link to the Weather Pain Calculator. I'm going to watch it for awhile and see if it correlates to ME.... now that I have (x-ray) confirmed mild to advanced arthritis in SI, Hip, Great Toe, and Neck...along with *probable* in both knees... I should be a great Weathervane!! LOL emoticon emoticon

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4/1/18 2:21 P

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I think it is all about finding balance, but there is a point where all the little bits can add up to be greater than what you are treating them for, which is the great benefit of having a knowledgeable doctor in the loop.

In your situation, besides discussing with your doctor, I would work on finding something else that helps besides Aleve/aspirin and I would also work to find out if there was anything that I could eat with Aleve/aspirin that would make it easier on my stomach.

-google first. ask questions later.

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4/1/18 1:45 P

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As someone in the middle of a full-scale RA flare --- and who lives in one of the worst places in the world for massive barometric pressure changes (and the resulting pain increases) --- I can definitely tell you that you are NOT alone!

I never got in to the aspirin every night, but did used to take NSAIDs fairly regularly to control pain. After colorectal cancer and a few resulting surgeries, my guts just don't have the tolerance for them any more :( So - now I play the "balancing game" where I try to let the pain go as far as I can tolerate without meds --- and then only take the minimum to allow me to kind of function, since the pain meds totally whack out what is left of my gut function (and prescription pain meds are worse).

Most of the time I can balance it not too badly, but I did have to do the "reset to zero" with a cold-turkey stop of everything in order to start learning how to balance it.

Good luck to you - and hope your weather (and pain!) mellow out very soon!

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4/1/18 1:28 P

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With all the info available on the internet, I get a lot of info from what I consider good sources. I do not run to the doctor for every little thing...
unfortunately, by the time I DO go, the little issue is a lot more serious.

My philosophy is that at my age {and weight}, aches and pains are normal.

Predict your joint pain level based on the local weather.
A study from Tufts University in 2007 found that every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in arthritis pain.
In addition, relatively low barometric pressure, low temperatures and precipitation can increase pain.
www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/to
ols-resources/weather/


combine that with the crazy weather we are experiencing and you have a perfect recipe for the Ouchies. Hence...I buy Aleve (for when I need it) AND I take regular aspirin every night before bed. I have been doing this for years.
AND LATELY...
I have a stomach ache 2 hours later that wakes me from a dead sleep.

cue the acid reducer meds.

I think this is how the medicine bottles propagate....
I do something stupid...I do a little research and look for a quick fix.
I do not read the warnings. I then need a quick fix for my quick fix.

Hold everything. I am going cold turkey.
Am I the only crazy person who does things like this?

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