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Aug 13, 2015 8:05 AM

Does anyone else seem to have worse pain in certain joints/areas with certain weather conditions?

Aug 13, 2015 8:16 AM

YES, YES, YES, AND YES! You're not alone and you're not crazy! The arthritis foundation has an app that you can track weather and pain on.

Aug 13, 2015 8:18 AM

My wrist KILL me everyday but seem to be so much worse when we have hurricanes, tropical storm or severe weather.. the bad thing is I type for a living and nothing seems to help.

Aug 13, 2015 8:24 AM

Have you tried (I'm sure you have but jic :) custom wrist splints and voltran gel? The gel doesn't do much for me but I still use it on my forearm when it's swollen even if for a placebo affect. Be careful if you can with wrist pain and typing - carpal can lead to nerve damage and muscle mass loss. Everything my mother said about her arthritis and the weather is true! I never understood until now. Hang in there!

Aug 13, 2015 8:24 AM

Yes, damp and wet days are the worse......twenTy years ago they meaning the medical field said no now they say Yes ....track your pain, by journal or chart, as you do here and you can see it

Aug 13, 2015 8:27 AM

I have tried it all.. Volta doesn't heLp. Only type of topical have found that remotely helps or arth arrest. It's expensive but sometimes gives some relief.. it has nuerocaine which is from the medical grade cocoaine family.. kinda like novacaine for the skin

Aug 13, 2015 11:19 AM

Leahs , most of my working years involved typing and I developed CTS. I wore splints but not like I should have. My dominant hand was affected the most and I had surgery after it got so bad I was dropping dishes. It relieved some pain but not all, and I have yet to regain my strength, after 4 years. You can get splints at any pharmacy store but the best are doctor ordered and molded to your hand fit. You can also buy soft compression gloves on Amazon, that have cut out finger tips and give light support. My favorite pair is by Isotoner because all the seams address external and the gloves come up higher on the wrist. Yes, weather does affect multiple areas of my body, especially extreme heat, cold, of humidity. If you suspect its try compression gloves while you work and then sleep in the splints. Recovery from surgery is much harder if it's your dominate hand of you already have issues like chronic pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis. 🙏🌼

Aug 13, 2015 11:31 AM

I have had surgery on the dominant for cts and on the non dominant for severe fracture.. I live in my splints I swear I have so many that I could open my own wrist splint lol..

Aug 13, 2015 11:36 AM

Oh Leahs, that's funny! Sometimes my hubby taxes me about all the different med stuff I have that we could make some money selling it all. 🙏🌼

Aug 13, 2015 11:36 AM

I know that feeling I have a little of this and a little of that..

Aug 13, 2015 1:11 PM

Leahs, yes, weather has drastic effects on my pain levels and the longer the disturbances are, the worse I get. It's been like that since I was a young kid. I was born with bilateral valgus deformities in BOTH knees and the kneecaps pop when I bend or use stairs, etc.. I also have Fibro, DDD, DJD, Spinal Stenosis, among other things. So now I live in pain at a level of an 8 or so on medication. I have so many braces and splints for neck, shoulders, wrists, elbow, back, knees, ankles, etc.. I feel like I could open my own surgical supply store. I don't think I or anyone in my family EVER need to buy an ace bandage!! I have every length, width, Velcro, etc.. I can wrap any body part better than ANY doctor or assistant that does all of the casting or splinting, wrapping. I had an Orthopaedic Doctor ask me if I wanted a job! LOL!!! Imagine?

Aug 14, 2015 1:43 AM

Yes, my shoulder,(had tumor removed from left side of neck my left shoulder muscle had to be shaved in order to get the tumor off)legs and chest and back and joints hurt when it's cold my pain gets worse in the fall and winter old injuries flare up and the injury sites such as my right leg,knee and left foot will hurt my entire legs will hurt but sometimes those injuries flare up, and I've had problems with my shoulder since I had the surgery in 07, I was 16 when I had it and I'm 23 now. Honestly the pain didn't really start until a few years ago it's been there but I guess my medications have covered it and the last two three years the pain has broken through that barrier. All of my pain areas hurt even more when there's a high pressure system, it also makes me feel even more short of breath. My pain is caused by old injuries and by neurofibromatosis type one. The first pain medicine I ever started taking regularly was Gabapentin. My dose has changed since I started taking it(which was when I was in 6th grade I believe it was in 2004). But it's never completely stopped working, I can usually tell if the dose needs to be changed by how much pain I'm having and where it is. If my legs are hurting like they were before I started taking Gabapentin I know it's time to adjust the dose. But to answer your question simply yes weather affects my pain. In fall and winter my pain gets worse(much worse if it's really cold).

Aug 14, 2015 5:00 AM

Yes absolutely - damp, wet & humid is the worst and really hot is not great either.

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