Reblogged: Pain and the Weather (Poll)
The colder weather has just started to take hold in the UK and once again I’m seeing lots of comments about it effecting peoples’ joints and pain levels, so I thought I’d repost this Poll from last year.
If you haven’t voted already, please do!
For the past week or so, the weather here has been mainly wet, windy and much colder; around this time I noticed that my joints were more painful and increasingly stiff. I know I was already flaring but there is a longstanding belief that climate has an effect on arthritis; that cool, damp weather leads to painful joints and I’ve always wondered if there was any truth to it.
It can’t be coincidence then, that for me, the worst of my flares have always seemed to occur in the Autumn months. I used to dread September and October coming round – the start of new terms at college, university and then work were always a struggle – and now it looks like it’s happening again. Nothing has changed in my treatment schedule, yet joints are tighter and I start every morning feeling like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.
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