Does cold weather increase pain

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   Posted 9/19/2013 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all

I am going to put forward a frequently asked question regarding chronic pain. Does cold weather brings about an increase in the intensity of pain?

It looks as if my pain is taking a turn for the worst. And, I am not sure of it, but it looks like it is synonymous with the cold weather. The weather has opened up now and I feel the pain returning to normal levels.
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   Posted 9/19/2013 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi pathfinder,

Yes, cold weather increases my pain (knee, neck and back).

However, my knees tells me when to expect rain. My knees and legs usually pains a lot for a period before we get rain here.

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   Posted 9/19/2013 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
It most definitely does for me. Rain and cold. I live in the south and could never move up north! Winter and Fall and I have a love/hate relationship. ;) I love the seasons and holidays that come with them, but hate the increase in pain!

I sit with a heating pad at work all day long turned on high. If you haven't tried a heating pad, it helps especially in the cold.

Hoping you feel better soon!

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   Posted 9/19/2013 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
With me yes.Sometimes quite a bit.Cold and rain mixed really gets my arthritic knee aching.Sometimes it starts throbbing when a weather system is approaching.I'm guessing it has something to do with the barometric pressure.

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   Posted 9/19/2013 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
There's the reason I lived 50 years in Ky and the last 5 in Florida!

You bet it does!
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   Posted 9/19/2013 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh heck yeah, it definitely makes my pain worse. I feel so achy if it's cold and damp that I hate when fall gets here. I love fall and winter but my body hates it. I tend to always be bundled up with a cup of hot chocolate from October through April lol.

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   Posted 9/19/2013 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh here we go again, Vickie.

Uhm,...not for me. In fact, I do much, much better in the winter. Our crazy New England weather.

What does me in is the heat, the humidity. Rain in general doesn't bother me unless it's hot, muggy rain, then the dampness causes me to ache.

I could never leave my snowy home. I have very little tolerance to heat. My pain increases and I have less mobility.

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   Posted 9/19/2013 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't like the extreme heat or extreme cold.

Cold makes me/my muscle tense up...which doesn't help my back/leg pain...

The heat just...I don't, make me feel yucky and seem to elevate the pain.
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   Posted 9/19/2013 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Any time the barometer starts going haywire my body reacts with it, weather changes coming up, I know ahead of time. Air conditioning aggravates my pain if I get too cold. I have ridden with the AC on & windows rolled down, lol.

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   Posted 9/19/2013 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I absolutely do the A/C and windows down too!

Go figure.

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   Posted 9/20/2013 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, cold weather irritates the heck out of me, and when it heats up for the first time in the summer that bothers me as well...but the cold just hits my bones all the more harder...
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   Posted 9/20/2013 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Rain and cold weather does it for me as well! Living in Michigan means I need to prepare for an increase in flairs because it'll be cold here for like, five months!
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   Posted 9/21/2013 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes !

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   Posted 9/21/2013 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
This topic came up in PT yesterday when two of the patients were commenting on how it was a "lovely day" because it's in the 80's, and went on about wishing it would stay this warm year round.

When I piped up about loving the snow and cold winters, my PT took a moment to redirect: "Sure, you love it,...until you slip on the ice!" (Hmm, I hadn't really factored in that part!) He said it endearingly, knowing I have a dry sense of humor.

So take away the slipping on ice part,.....and it's okay.

I'm mixed because my hormones like air blowing on me pretty much all the time. My neck, however,...not so much.


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   Posted 9/21/2013 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if its necessarily the heat or the cold, OR if its the fronts and pressurization and other things that occur with weather extremes.

It can be 95 and sunny in FL, but humid...and I'll be in agony. Or when it rains. I also do a lot worse in FL cold vs a dry cold. Even if the temp is higher in FL than in the dry cold climate.

And when its snowing I do a lot worse than when it's not.

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   Posted 9/21/2013 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
With me, I can't tolerate heat, and I get cold easy as well. Late yesterday afternoon, Jerome and I went out, and caught the bus to Walmart. I was fine until we got inside the store, and I started getting very cold. When we went back out of the store to catch the bus, I thought it would be warmer outside. No, not for me. The wind was blowing, and everyone had a short sleeve shirt on, and I put my jacket on.

The barometer really gets me when there's a front on the way. Ouch.

I hope everyone is having as good a weekend as is possible.

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   Posted 9/21/2013 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
It's interesting. I notice a common thread of having very little "range" in terms of our "comfort zone."

Is that because of our meds, do you think? Or because of CP in general?

Our CP issues are all different, so it's interesting to have such an alignment of responses.


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   Posted 9/21/2013 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the delay in replying. Thanks for all your responses.

Looking at such positive responses, it good as concludes the fact that weather change increases pain. I know that there is no solid scientific evidence on why and how this happens, but we do have to accept that it HAPPENS!! And we must take measures to manage the new surge of pain.

Meanwhile the scientific community may continue to ignore the theory. As far as I am concerned, they are so naive to add two and two together.
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