Barometric Pressure & RA (very groovy find)

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erin.K
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   Posted 4/20/2006 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
  :-) I thought this was very cool.  I know we've talked about this in the past, but I just read another report on weather & RA.
 
The College of Rheumatology:
It is not necessarily rain or humidity that causes inceased pain & swelling in RA pt.'s but the Barometric pressure rather.  This Barometric Pressure is the weight exerted by air.  So as a storm moves closer to you, the barometric pressure declines and makes inflammed joints swell more & become more painful, the synovial membrane is streatched thin.
Remissions of RA are most likely to occur between Spring and Fall when weather is calmer.  Tendencies to flare are more common during the period between late Fall to Spring when more storms are likely.
 
Some chanels on TV have a "pain index" on their weather reports! tongue
 
So pretty nifty that this is really being studied closely.  They are using as evidenced based practice, the CRP and ESR...so it's not just what RA pts say, there is objective proof as well to back up this phenomena. scool
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.


cbrossman
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   Posted 4/20/2006 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Well that makes sense.
All the more reason to live at 7,800 feet here in Durango, less pressure due to lower air density.

now if I could just breath ... Craig

hippimom2
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   Posted 4/22/2006 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Erin, I help moderate the lupus forum, but had to come here when I saw your post, because the lupies talk a lot about increased symptoms with changes in the weather. I'm going to copy your post and post it in the lupus forum so they can be validated by this scientific research.

Craig, my husband and I have often talked about moving to Colorado (I'm making an assumption that the Durango you live in is Colorado) because I feel so much better whenever I am there. WHen I was much, much younger I lived in Telluride for a while before the famous people discovered it and it was just a tiny little hippy town. Hubby, kids and I make a trip to Colorado at least once a year and after I recover from traveling, I notice my symptoms improve quite a bit in the mountain climate.

Erin, thanks a lot for sharing this information.

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elcamino
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   Posted 4/22/2006 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hippiemom2,

Colorado makes everything better, doesn't it?  I went to graduate school out there for 3 years--never wanted to leave, but didn't want to wait tables the rest of my life either!  Did you know, though, that the Rocky Mountain Region has the highest suicide rate in the country (at least at one time it did)?  Apparently, everyone believes that CO can solve all of their problems, and then they get bummed out when it can't.

Elcamino


hippimom2
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   Posted 4/22/2006 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I didn't know about the suicide rate. I guess there are some things that the mohntains can't cure. I left Colorado for the same reasons - it got too expensive and I was tired of working in restaurants - so I moved and went to college.

There is something about the climate there that is easy on my body. I still had symptoms, but they were a lot less.

Diagnosis:  Suspected Lupus 2004; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; CFS 1991; Mono 1985

Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Relafen 1000mg; tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 10mg; Neurontin 200mg; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain

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erin.K
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   Posted 4/22/2006 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
eyes  hmmmm?...uh oh, now when i'm with my honey on the weekends do i feel better because i'm with him or is it because he lives in the mountainous region of NJ? eyes
hee hee...i guess a combo of both is a safe answer.
i do walk better when i'm there that's for sure and sleep better too.
last nite the storms came in...and viola!  the knees and feet and elbows were indeed throbbing and way more painful.
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.


Ducky
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   Posted 4/22/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup... storms here in SC too... makes for a poopy weekend when you hurt...:( hope all is well with everyone
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   Posted 4/23/2006 1:42 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue  Hey Friends!  Sorry I've been out of the loop for so long.  Been very busy, ya know, driving to the city for doc appointments and such.  Ha!  What a life!  Having another MRI and EMG Tuesday.  Seems the arthritis is choking off ligaments or something.  Numb fingers that don't seem to have anything to do with spine injury. 
Never had the EMG before and not looking forward to it.  All my brothers and some of their children have b/c of Muscular Dystrophy.  Ooooh, why do some of these tests have to hurt? 
Other than that been busy and getting enough rest.  Sale of business is progressing and we should be out of there by end of summer.  Yippeeee!  Can't wait!  Will have to contact SS about working part-time so we can still eat.  I don't get any income now.  Hope there isn't a problem with it. 
 
Missed everyone!  Boo

cbrossman
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   Posted 4/23/2006 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I was sort of kidding.
If there is a benefit from the Colorado climate for folks with RA, my guess would be the high instance of sunny, warm days, and that the benefit is mostly psychological. I know for me it is harder to feel good during your typical mid-atlantic dreary, cloudy day, like when I used to live in PA and NY.

no longer an east coast guy ... Craig

CaMama
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   Posted 4/23/2006 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   

ahhh, Durango and Telluride.....I'm homesick for our camping trips! sad   I felt GREAT up in the snowy mountains of Silverton - unbelievably great, I should tell you. The elevation must have had somthign to do with it as I could have told all those fools years ago it was the pressure in the air! tongue   Of course, I couldn't have explained WHY!

Thanks for sharing with us Erin!

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erin.K
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   Posted 4/24/2006 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   

scool  well this just adds to my floor plans for our HealingWell retirement village when i hit the megamillions! LOL.  now we know...it'll be out west in the mountains somewhere! hah!

peace

erin


Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.

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