Arthrits: A Good Weather Predictor!

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ptense1978
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Good evening, everyone. I pray that everyone is enjoying a "pain free" day! Our area is experiencing strong thunderstorms, and my body sure can feel it! I never knew just how reliable arthritis was as a weather predictor, until I started suffering with the condition myself. My pain level(s) are "off the chart" today. The humidity severely affects my pain. One of the weather sites that I have downloaded on my desktop has an arthritis index (from the Arthritis Foundation) that tells what "level" is to be experienced for the day. Today's index reads "very high". If anyone is interested, please let me know. I don't want to post the web address, until I read over the rules again. One of the medications I take twice a day is Neurontin, which causes me to be somewhat forgetful. I pray that we can all enjoy a pain free evening!

Sincerely, Tam
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Degenerative Disc Disease (causing severe spinal abnormalities); Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Heart Condition, Possible Auto-Immune Disease
MRI (May 2007); Physical Therapy (May-June 2007 discontinued due to worsening condition); LESI (January 2008); "Conservative" Therapy
Medications:
Zoloft 50 mg daily
Neurontin 600 mg daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 3 times daily
(2) Heart Medications
Mobic (1) daily; Diclofenac (3) times daily; Several "Natural" Supplements


Lakeside
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 4/1/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tam!
Re your question about the weather affecting our pain levels----you be it does!
We, too, are having a rainy, damp, humid few days...& I am miserable! Everything aches, throbs, etc....the surgery site is "darkly" painful and all my joints hurt. And my implant area is driving me nuts!!! Just a block in there of achy, soreness that was not this bad last week when it was sunny,mild & less humidity.

So yes, I think we can throw out our barometer---from now on, I told my husband, "just ask me if a storm is coming!" Anti-imflamatory meds can help, but my doc said not yet for me, as the inflamation in the fusion area helps fuse. So I think once I can start taking Advil or asprin again, that will help, too. I am showing x-ray signs of a starting fusion, so I don't want to jeopardize anything....just will sit on my heating pad or use my ice packs & be glad we are moving towards SUMMER and warmer, healing weather!

Have a less-painful day today, hopefully! If not, maybe the wind will blow this stuff out & you'll feel better tomorrow---there is ALWAYS hope!

~Lakeside (right on Lake Michigan, which is beautiul but not helping me today, haha!) Except it looks so lovely!
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak.  2nd surgery complications includied sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot,  increased instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & DDD @ L4/5.
Jan.  08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery with pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time)  & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after discectomy @ L4/5. OW!!!


sjkly
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 2113
   Posted 4/1/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I told my rhuemy on monday that I had been doing really well for six weeks then had one horrible day when I actually had to leave work early.
She asked what the weather was like that day-nothing else not how much sleep or what did you do-just what was the weather like.
Sj

Lakeside
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 4/2/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sj!
Thanks for the info! I truly believe the weather plays a huge part in our pain levels!
Sounds like a lot of people were miserable a few days ago, when those stroms, dampness & humidity came thru---but today the barometer is high, the sun is out, the air is much dryer & for me, personally, there is a very noticecable reduction in the deep achy-pains I felt Sun/Mon & yesterday when we had that spate of bad weather.

Anyone live out West? I know that when we take our trips to Yellowstone or Glacier Park I can FEEL things getting better as the air becomes dryer. 6% humidity out there, I was told compared to our usual 70-80%.....makes a world of difference, I think.

May we all enjoy a better day today, weather-wise. There IS a connection!

~Lake
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak.  2nd surgery complications includied sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot,  increased instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & DDD @ L4/5.
Jan.  08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery with pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time)  & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after discectomy @ L4/5. OW!!!


konstelin
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 4/2/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
How works that Neurontin, and what of medicine you take also?
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