Hey all? My back pain has been improving since physical therapy and adding flexeril to my meds but today I am in lots of pain? The temperature has dropped a bit where I live so that might be why? I always thought it was humidity or rainy weather. But it's not raining. What is your theory for weather conditions affecting pain due to arthritis and other injuries?
All of those affect my pain. As a matter of fact, it has cooled off where I live and considerably earlier than usual for this time of year and this whole month has been bad. It usually doesnt cool off until about Halloween. My pain was doing much better up until this month. I can also tell that humidity has an effect because rain in the area bothers may back. I can almost predict rain!
I don't know about everyone else, but when I get a chill or get cold, I shiver alot. That makes me tense my muscles, shakes, rattles and rolls my poor ole' decrepid bones and joints, and just downright hurts. That's why I moved to the South many moons ago. But the weather all over is so strange this year that I don't think that living in the South will make a difference. Rain and humidity are definite pain triggers for me, too. I'm really dreading this winter! Best of health to you!
All of your questions are valid. Pain in joints are enhanced by cooler temps. Barometric pressure changes the pressure in the joint, so as a low pressure system rolls in, the synovial fluis expands giving the sensation a tightness and decreased articulation in the joint causing increased pain... and opposite when high pressure is in place... it compresses the fluid and makes the joint more mobile.
I find that all of those weather changes affect my pain level also, I am in the NE area & it has gotten cooler earlier than usual & I'm noticing throbbing, aching, & generally more pain especially @ night when the temp really drops, I also feel I can predict rain as I feel it in my joints too, The pain is always there but it does appear that certain weather conditions worsens my pain levels, sometimes to the point that I can't move around well at all. I believe it may have something to do with the rising barometric pressure.
You have brought up a much loved topic here on drugs.com! We can talk about how the weather affects our pain levels all day long, we love it : )
My personal worse is heat and humidity, ohhhh girl it makes me cranky as a curmudgeon! But I do agree with the cold theory, we do tend to "tighten up" our muscles, as Kathy has indicated when we are cold. It certainly can add to our misery, can't it?
I have to agree with Lara, that excessive heat and humidity is the worst. I absolutely can't stand it. But I need it very warm, so in the evening (sometimes in the afternoon too), I heat my office/TV room with an electric radiator in addition to the furnace heating the rest of the house at a far lower temperature. :) I can make it through the day elsewhere, but I dress quite warmly.
I can relate to this, I feel stiffer all the time in winter and feel more pain both when it's cold outside and when it's going to rain. I did all modes of physical therapy and still feel pain but the swelling in my sprained knee is gone and I can walk on my right leg now because of PT. I won't go back to pt. because it's more of the same and I'll feel the same after it's done. One of the male pt.s "fell in love" w/me and I am embarrassed to go back to that location, he took my joking as flirting, but I was only having fun. All of the male pt.s were good looking. :-D
Hi Lucy -
In the past, I used to think it's a wives tale that the weather affects pain levels. However, in June of this year I was diagnosed with lymphoma, and had to receive chemotherapy treatments. After each chemo treatment, I received a Nulasta injection. Nulasta stimulates the bone marrow to quickly produce white blood cells, so that the patients immune system is not so compromised. Nulasta causes severe bone pain in my hips, legs, knees and ankles. Since receiving Nulasta, I have noticed that the bone pain I experience is made worse by low pressure weather systems. I hope this helps you better understand your pain
Hi. Lots of answers here, but not enough time for me to read. Sorry. Yes, weather, rain, etc. does affect pain levels in tissues. They have seen that pressure changes, high and low systems are the real culprit. It has been scientifically studied and they confirm what great grandmother told us. The fluid in joints and tissue adjusts to the current pressure we are at where we live. The clear sky means a high pressure system usually and so the cells and joints are being pressed against to take in more liquid to compensate the pressure. otherwise the cells would collapse. It hurts when the system moves quickly. Low pressure systems do the same. Now the cell pressure is too high and it pushes against the cell walls or space. It hurts. And must quickly adjust so they don't burst by getting rid of fluid. Some will burst and damaged tissue is erratic, scar tissue, and so it doesn't respond evenly. I would write more but we have a high pressure system and it is an achy day. Really. Thanks to all the grandmas who keep the stories going. Now we know why. Karen
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