How to Deal with Arthritis Joint Pain During Cold Weather?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

First I would like to talk about arthritis and cold weather. Even though there has been many claims that arthritis symptoms such as joint pains can be able to predict the future weather patterns up to today there has been no scientific proof of the belief.

Some researches have been done before on the relation of cold weather and arthritis. For example the research that was done by John Hopkins Health to ascertain whether the climate affect arthritis joint pain. The research produced conflicting results. The research centre also produced a free special report on arthritis pain relief to help arthritis sufferers to know the effective pain relief strategies.

One of the studies focussed on the relationship between weather and arthritis pain in 151 people who have different forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and scoliosis and 32 people who had no arthritis. The participants lived in Cordoba city, Argentina which has a warm climate and they kept a one year recording of the symptoms they experience and the daily recordings were matched with the weather conditions such as relative humidity, barometric pressure and the temperature.

How to Deal with Arthritis Joint Pain During Cold Weather?

The results showed that participants experienced more pain on the days when there were low temperatures. The patients with rheumatoid arthritis were affected by the high humidity and high pressure. Patients of fibromyalgia were affected by high pressure and patients of osteoarthritis were affected by high humidity but these results were not strong enough for a conclusion to be made that arthritis pain can predict weather patterns.

Other researches have been done and the findings haven’t been able to give a conclusive finding. Although there is evidence that people who live in warmer places experience few attacks of arthritis, the climate does not affect the course of the disease. There are also theories about arthritis and the cold weather but they never stand the test of time. Some patients of arthritis have even moved to warmer places during winter in their places only to realise the symptoms reoccur again after some period of time during their period in the warm places.

You should bear in mind that no environment favours patients of arthritis and it is possible to get a relief from arthritis pain in any climate.

The following are things you can do to help you get a relief from arthritis symptoms:

You should wear layers of clothing to keep warm. The best way to do this is by thermal underclothing. You should also ensure that you always wearing heavy clothing such as sweaters during the cold days so as t o keep the body warm.

You should try to keep the moisture levels of your house or the work place the same. This can be easily done by using the dehumidifier.
You should ensure you drink plenty of water and juice during the winter season. Liquids help in flushing out toxins that have been accumulated in the body. When there are high levels of toxins in the body, the arthritis symptoms can be experienced frequently. You can also take hot soup, tea or chocolate. Beverages can help in warming up your body.

An active lifestyle is good for your health. You should maintain an active lifestyle by engaging in physical activities such as walking, jogging, rope-jumping, yoga, and aquatic work outs in a heated pool. The exercises help in relieving pain and also help in developing muscles.

Getting a hot shower in the morning and engaged in different motion exercises helps in bringing down the stiffness.

It is advisable to go for a diagnosis so that you can know the type of arthritis you have because this will help you get proper treatment.

Discussing your condition with your health care provider can also be helpful in helping you know what you can do to manage your arthritis

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

Kelly Everson is an independent editor, an award-winning writer and an editorial consultant in the health and fitness industries. Currently, she is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Digest.