Is Arthritis affected by the weather?

Is Arthritis affected by the weather?

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Kathryn Weaver says when the weather is about to change, she feels it.

"Usually one to three days before a front comes through, I get stiff," Weaver said. "I have a lot of pain. I can't do what I normally do when the sun's shining."

She has Osteoarthritis, and says when the weather changes, so does the amount of pain she feels in her joints.

"I thrive when the sun shines, but my wrists get sore, my shoulders get sore, my hips get sore. And I'm just kind of hampered in what I can do, normally," Weaver said.

If you know there's going to be a change in the weather and you're worried about things like climbing down a flight of stairs, you might want to take some preemptive measures, according to rheumatologist, Dr. Michael Dick.

Ibuprofen, aspirin, and their associated brand-name counterparts are considered anti-inflammatory medications, the doctor said.

"Make sure they get enough sleep, because that can contribute to muscular, skeletal pain," he added.

And if you feel like you are the only person affected by the weather, Dr. Dick said there are plenty of people with the same complaints.

"There are a number of reports... of people who are weather sensitive, complaining of having increased pain as well as increased fatigue," he said.

And if you must be outside in inclement weather, Dr. Dick says limit that time as much as you can.

"A hot bath or shower usually helps," he added. "Stretching before they begin their day usually helps decrease the amount of pain they're experiencing."

Taking some of these steps may lessen the aches and pains in the joints.

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