Is it normal to be in pain from the cold?

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moggy914
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   Posted 2/9/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have fibro, Raynaud's, and was just dx'ed with RA. It seems like I feel the cold more acutely now. We lost power a couple days ago due to the blizzard and I was so cold it was painful! My feet felt like blocks of ice and they were in pain the whole day, even when we were snuggled in bed under like 5 comforters. I was curled up in my hubby's thick camp sleeping bag that's like a cocoon and I was still cold. The cold air was actually hurting! We ended up going to stay with friends overnight and after we had been at their house for a couple hours my feet stopped hurting and finally felt warm.
  Is this part of RA? I remember feeling cold last winter, but not like this. And I noticed one time that my feet felt cold to me, but them I took my sock off and felt my foot and the skin was warm to the touch. Does this mean I have bad circulation?  Does anyone else experience this as part of their RA?
  We are bracing for another snowstorm and I am afraid the power will go out again but I guess we'll cross that bridge if we get to it. Stay warm everyone!

golitho
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   Posted 2/9/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Very typical of RA, extremes in temp cause it to flare quite often. Something to do with the pressure changes. Just get those heat packs going and warm up your joints. Microwaved wheat bags are a saviour!

Goodluck, golitho

momto3
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   Posted 2/10/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry to hear you are suffering, but yes! The cold can be miserable and painful! I've had RA for several years now and one of my very first winters, my husband and I went out for New Years Eve to an outdoor celebration (we live in CO) to see the lights, have hot cocoa etc.  Well, we thought we dressed warmly, but half way through, my hips felt literally frozen and were burning on firesad I told my husband, I didn't think I could make it all the way, and he ended up carrying/helping me to the carshakehead It was horrible! It was at that point that I learned about the cold, RA and joint pain and later told my rheumy about it, and he said yes very common...It might be "very common" however living here winter time is all about outdoor activities in the snow, but I'm terrified of having that happen again.  I'm sorry you are experiencing the painful cold and I don't have a lot of advice on how to make it go away, sorry!! Try to stay as warm as possible, and hopefully Spring will be here soon!

moggy914
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   Posted 2/10/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm dressing in layers and if I get really cold I put my bathrobe on top of everything. I actually *don't* want to go out and play in the snow because I get so cold. I realzed too that I tense my muscles up when I am cold, and then that makes them hurt! My hubby will have to take the kids out today if they want to go play in the snow.
 Golitho, I have a microwaveable rice pack that I made myself. I put brown rice in it, because that was what we had at the time, so it smells a little funky when I heat it up. I want to try Jasmine rice or Basmati because they smell good, and add some dried lavendar.
  I also will put a hat on if I get too cold, and that helps. I keep thinking about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her descriptions of the harsh winters she went through when she was growing up- breaking the ice off the water pail in the morning, having to get the stove going. I would have been miserable back then!

momto3
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   Posted 2/11/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Moggy...Oh yes! Little House on the Praire! *shiver* can you even imagine?? and just think there was nothing for arthritis pain back then either! I'm pretty puney, so I don't know how I would have survived myself!shakehead There are days I feel sorry for myself loading my washing machine for the third or fourth time, but when you think about it, in Laura's time, for those ladies, laundry.... THAT was back breaking work!!
 
Today it is supposed to reach almost 40 degrees and everyone is cheering that it is going to be warm.. WARM? I will still be bundled up in my coat! *sigh* I wish I could be one of those people who will be running around in short sleeves today, however it needs to be at least 70 for that to happen:-)

golitho
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   Posted 2/11/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Here I am sweating with the humidity in Sydney, extreme heat seems to be just as bad, I feel my joints stiffen and swell as the temperature rises. On those really hot days I find it so hard to get movng.

The joys of RA.

I can't imagine doing all the washing with those mangles, rolling it all through the wringers and uing those rubbing boards. Imagine the state of our hands? Chopping fire wood!

Good to see you back Mom, and I forgot to saywelcome Moggy. Golitho

momto3
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   Posted 2/11/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Golitho...I know the heat is just as miserable, but I think I've been so busy shivering from the cold that I have forgotten! How soon we forget eh??tongue For me the heat and sun mean my skin feels like it is searing from the heat, not to mention the horrid migraines.
 
Ah yes, our hands would be in a state wouldn't they? and you KNOW those poor ladies must have suffered with arthritic handsshakehead Oh! and chopping wood! Now those were strong, enduring ladies!

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 2/13/2010 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, It is always bad for me when it is very cold. I have to keep my home at 72% to 74% degree's
or it gets painful for me.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.


pjp
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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
oh yes it is, I have my RA under control, but let me tell you this cold weather kills me. I have to keep the house so warm and I am even bundled up, my husband has a hard time cuz he is a hot box. He has to wear shorts in the house LOL!

moggy914
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   Posted 2/13/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
There was a "reality show" on the Public TV station a few years back called "Frontier House" or something similar. Families lived in a small village that was a reproduction of Laura Ingalls Wilder's time (or close to it). They had to do all the work, plow and care for farm animals, the women had to work in the house all day, and it was backbreaking work for everyone. I remember that the women had to constantly monitor the stove, if it got too hot it would burn the food and if it was too cold the food wouldn't cook and they had to fiddle with it to get it just right. Even back then I appreciated living in the present time, but now that I have RA I am even more thankful!
  I cannot imagine what it must have been like for someone in the 1800s or earlier to have something like fibro or RA. Especially if you were a person who was a servant or a farm worker and you *had* to work all day because it was what you did! (unlike a noble or Lady of the Manor who could sit around all day and had people do everything for them)
 
Golitho, thanks for the welcome. I can sympathize with you being bothered by humidity: in the summer it gets humid and that makes me miserable as well!
 
pjp, my hubby is a hot box too! He goes outside in the winter in a jean jacket or sweatshirt only with a scarf and that's it! Meanwhile I am bundled up like a yeti and complaining about the cold!

momto3
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   Posted 2/13/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband is also always hot! I end up with a blanket. I'm the only one in the family who is too cold, with the exception of when I go to my mother in laws, she is the only one I know that also runs around bundled up!
 
Does anyone else have a low red cell count? I need to get back on my B12 injections. That probably doesn't help my shivering.  Also another snow storm is coming in tonight, and my hips are sore and painful. I could just sleep the day away!
 
I don't remember the show, but that would also induce an appreciation I'm sure! It seems as if each year the cold bothers me a bit more.

andorable
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   Posted 2/15/2010 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in Queensland Australia Golitho and Its extremely hot here too and the pain and swelling in my hands and feet in particular is excruitiating, RA is so nasty it seems to attack regardless. Be nice if there was a break in the cold for you guys and a break in the heat for us over here. There never seems to be a happy medium :-) Stay cool or warm guys

CrohnsMom
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   Posted 2/25/2010 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I can offer a simple suggestion. Men's wool hunting socks. Put em on and they warm you up from head to toes in minutes. I am a hermit in the winter. My husband has a hard time understand coz he isn't sick. He wanted my to go to the movies one night when it was 14 degrees. I don't even listen to wind chill info. Needless to say we didn't go to the movies. Couldn't hurt to have your Thyroid checked if you have noticed a more intense sensitivity to cold than in years past. It can also be a symptom of Thyroid disease. Good luck and stay warm.
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