Weather change & pain

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Patty from Ks
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   Posted 9/16/2005 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't usually post here. Found the site for IBS. I've had back pain for 20+ years lately it seems to be getting worse. The last few days has been BAD. I was wondering if RA pain is effected by the weather? I can't seem to find a doc to do the simple blood test for RA, but from reading post on this site I think I have the symtoms of it. thanks Patty

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   Posted 9/16/2005 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Patty and welcome to HW.

In my case, weather greatly affects my RA. Makes me hurt much more.

As for finding a doc to do the test, any doc can perform RA Factor, it is a simple blood test. If necccessary go to a Rheumatologist, they will do it for you.

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Patty from Ks
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   Posted 9/16/2005 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Around here you have to be refered to a Rheumatoliogist. I'm going to go back to my PCP and throw a fit till I get him to order the test for me. I think my age is part of the problem (41).

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   Posted 9/17/2005 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Weather can most definitely affect arthritis!
Your PCP could run the test on your RA factor as well, but since that is not the tell-all test - you should get that referral to the rhuematologist as well to be examined.
Good luck. I hope you feel better soon!

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   Posted 9/19/2005 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
It affects mine also infact I hate to see winter come because of it.My dad say's the same thing he has RA as well.

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   Posted 9/19/2005 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to pooh pooh it, the whole weather thing and arthritis.  It sounded crazy to me for years...thinking people use it as an excuse.
I have severe active RA.
about 4 years ago, I was working @ an oral surgeon's office...and the office manager came up to me and said one day.."I don't mean to pry...but I've noticed for the past few months that when it's raining & don't walk up stairs too well...are you an arthritic?" confused   
And that was when it really hit me.  I never used to pay attention to it, but it was true.  I would get tremendous flares especially when storm fronts would come in.
This summer I asked the rheummy if it was a crock.  He said absolutely NOT.  He said I should see the influx of people who come in during damp spells.  He gave me a good analogy of how a door gets stuck and is difficult to open when it's moist and damp out...a creeky house the same system goes with the OA and RA joints.
Also, allergens in the air can effect RA!  Mold, weeds, grass etc...
Pretty interesting stuff.
I hope you feel better soon.
What meds are you on???
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