Is the air conditioning in your home affecting your joint pain???

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   Posted 6/19/2011 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
We are now having high 90's and even made it to 106 yesterday. Of course the AC is running non-stop, so I am terrified to see the electric bills start to roll in for the next 4-5 months.

In the evenings I am having an enormous amount of pain in my right shoulder after being inside for awhile. The house really starts cooling down a lot after the sun goes down. I am in a 2 story and i takes a lot to cool this place off during the day. Its an open concept with ceilings to the 2nd floor, I do not recommend this sort of home to anyone, lol.

Same thing happens riding in one of the vehicles, I have to turn the ac vent away to keep it from hitting this shoulder. Anyone else having problems with the AC causing this to happen?

I have started putting on one of my hoodies on to keep my shoulders from getting so cold. Turning the thermostat up is not an option.
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   Posted 6/19/2011 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure it's pretty hard living in Texas with the long summers!...

It's been hot here too and even set some records the last few weeks...for me...with the nerve damage from the before/after my cervical fusions, as well as I don't have good circulation in my they get really cold during both the winter, as well as what you are speaking of, the A/C blowing on them while I'm using my laptop...It really a stinging pain for me...I actually periodically througout the day grab my computer battery near by and warm them up!..LOL..

So I can empathize with you:(

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   Posted 6/19/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Straydog
Yes you are not the only one wearing a hoodie around the house when it is ninty plus degrees outside.  But you are  right, about turning the AC temp up  is not an option!  I do not take the heat very well at all !!! and I try and keep the temp inside at 68 or 69 degrees all the time.  But my theromstat ( inside  me) does not always work that wel. If it is warmer that 70 or 71 in the house, I start sweating something fierce and I am miserable. But with  it being colder in the house I often will go from being hot to cold, and back and forth depending on what I am doing,  and when I get cold I will often find  my hands will really hurt back and sometimes if I get to cold I find that I will sometime start shivering and that often sets off the laryngeal spasms ( gag reflex) . There seems to be no happy medium for me, and I will have a sweater or preferably a hoodie, stetting around the house, so when I do start feeling chilled I have one handy to put on!  But as much as I do not care for the heat outside, I find that winter is still much much harder to cope with!!.  I can get by in the summer as long as I have AC, I have found to heip curb the high electric bills, I have went to using primarily all LED light bulbs, although they are very expensive, to buy ( I look for sales on them) I have found they will save allot of electricty and have lowered my electric bill allot! As they   use only just a fraction of the electricty, compared to even the flourscent bulbs that everyone is now pushing, and there is no  hazzard to their disposal or if they break! Anyway I share your concerns, I know this new place I am renting it has an electric range and also ( heaven forbid) an electric water heater. So I am doing everything I can to cut down on my electric useage, but I will not cut down on my use of the  Air Conditioning!  
May we all find ways to cope with our pain comfort in the warm months ahead!
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   Posted 6/19/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Straydog, I take a sweater everywhere in the summer here in Texas, some places keep it just so cold...
but then going back out into the heat from being so cold, that hurts just as much...If I don't keep the ac
on at night I get to warm to sleep...what's a gal to do???...Labor day when it's cooling off up north can
be the hottest day of the year here in Texas, can you imagine your electric bill if you also had to plug in
your car, geezee, running ac and an electric car would costs too much...over here in Houston tires
are busting from the heat, a car in front of us had a blow out on the highway...check your tire pressure
and keep it good....
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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Cold air hurts, but during the summer, we get the temp right. Winters are my problem. My fibro hates the cold, my mom is the opposite. I have to face the car air away due to direct cold contact. I also bring my jacket, most of the time, to the movies cuz the air conditioning is too cold.

One thing to remember, if you have central air conditioning, check your outside unit every summer to make sure the vents aren't clogged with dirt and pollen. This should make it run better.

Also, check the unite inside for mold. Sometimes the temp changes can cause drips on the outside of the until that ends up causing mold. If you have allergies, it will go through the vents.
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