Spotlight - Weather and RA

Last updated: May 2018

Weather changes can happen all year long, no matter where we are in the world. Rain, snow, humidity, hot, or cold weather may impact our joints or could trigger a flare and can make the pain worse. This month we want to discuss how weather impacts those living with RA and how we can help each other as we try and navigate these weather changes.

Join us over the month of June to discuss weather and RA.

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How has weather made an impact on your RA? Does heat affect your RA? or does the cold? Maybe both do. Please join the discussion about weather and RA and tell us how you cope with weather changes. Share in our Weather and RA Forum

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Read and comment on these related articles:
Whether the Weather
By Wren— November 10, 2016
It was a perfect segue into a subject near and dear to my heart: how the weather can affect the joints of rheumatoid disease patients. So, I popped the question: can it? Can the weather really cause joint pain? ...

Seasonal Changes
By Nan Hart— September 27, 2016-
When it comes to managing my RA, I do need to consider these seasonal changes. One is shoes. Soon I will be forced to put away my oh so comfortable sandals for shoes and boots...

Neanderthals, Heat, and Rheumatoid Arthritis
By Michael Booth September 1, 2016-
Certainly I am kidding about being a Neanderthal, but since I was diagnosed with RA, my preference for the cold has gone through the roof. The heat this summer has been unbearable...

Sorry, I Can’t Today, the Barometric Pressure’s Changing
By Tamara Haag September 26, 2014-
Like the weather, Rheumatoid Arthritis is unpredictable. There are times when I’m sure I’ve overdone an activity and will pay for it the next day, yet upon waking find that I got a “get out of flare free” card...



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