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Weather and RA

  • By Lauren Tucker Keymaster

    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.

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  • By Anonymous

    I think that weather affects different people in different ways. In my case it seems that hot weather is the worst time for me. That is a bummer because I have always enjoyed summertime activities. I try to go with the flow and roll with the punches and enjoy the good days to their fullest! Life is good and I am blessed!! Dave

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    • By Lauren Tucker Keymaster

      Dave,
      Thanks for sharing how weather affects you. You are right it definitely does affect people in different ways and I am sorry to hear the hot weather is the worst. Rolling with the punches is a good attitude, we are glad to have you here!

      Best Wishes, Lauren (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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  • By chestnc

    Changes in the weather affect me most, along with precipitation. A few days bffote it rains, or snows my bones hurt so much I cannot stand it and I am in so much pain. Once the rain or snow come down then the pain eases up a bit. When the weather affects me I have to stop what I am doing, take my pain medicine and just rest.

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    • By Lauren Tucker Keymaster

      Thanks for sharing this with the community chestnc and for participating in this forum. We are sorry to hear that weather affects you this way, we are glad you know to stop what your doing take your pain meds and rest, this is a great take away and so glad you shared it!
      This article may resonate with you so I thought I would share: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/todays-weather-forecast-cloudy-chance-pain/
      Thanks for being part of our community.
      Best, Lauren (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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  • By tricia45

    People ask me how I feel because I can usually predict a storm or weather change, especially if the barometer takes a dip. I have had some of my most sever flares during weather change. I have found that if I cook or bake with the oven, I seem to be better. In the winter I keep the fireplace on and that also helps. Also, humidity, hot or cold weather is bothersome. I try to keep things dry. I notice when I am in the mall or commercial air when it is rainy and cold, it does seem to help me. Pat

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    • By Erin Rush Moderator

      Thank you for sharing what works for you, Pat! I think every little tip can help other community members. And I bet no one in your house complains when you cook or bake to help with your flares! Thanks again for sharing. Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

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  • By Golden

    Yes! I am the same! It seems I’m intolerant of any temperature, or pressure system….70, no humidy, is all I can function well in……bwaaahaaaa!

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  • By Golden

    Too hot, no good….too cold, no good….low pressure system coming over, no good…..cold with rain, no good…….too much humidity hot or cold, no good! Good Lord!

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  • By Golden

    Plus seasonal allergies have increased and seem to set things off too…..winter, spring,summer, and fall!

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  • By Golden

    I was never allergic til late summer dry grasses in years past….and persistent yearly flares of RA seem to hold hands with persistent flares of allergies now.

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  • By MrsTex50

    I’ve always been heat intolerant. Might have something to do with being an ex-Brit redhead. I also had Graves Disease (hyperthyroid) for which excessive sweating is one of the symptoms. So with RA inflammation, the heat makes me miserable. All I can do is take cold (er) showers and soak my hands in cold water. Doesn’t help that 6 months ago I moved from an arid state to a more humid one. I don’t seem to have a problem with cold weather, as the last state I lived in could have a couple of weeks of bitter cold in winter and it never bothered me.

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