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Cold+Rain=Pain

LasVegasLLasVegas Posts: 95
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
It is not always blue skies and sunny in Las Vegas. Today was a cold/rainy day and I noticed my lumbar feeling arthritic and painful the moment I awoke. Somebody at work told me she has similar symptoms particularly on "bad weather days".

Has anybody else noticed on cold or rainy days, that their arthritis and pain increases sensitivity?
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  • LasVegas,

    The lower pressure (due to fronts and such) changes the pressure in your spine, and many of us have more pain when the weather stinks. :) I can tell you if a bunch of thunderstorms are coming in, or a hurricane is coming! (G)

    We become 'walking barometers!' Rofla!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Yeah that makes sense about the pressure. Las Vegas is a very arid climate with over 300 days of sunshine.

    Guess I should feel lucky to live in Las Vegas considering the weather would likely be worse elsewhere.
  • When my job sent me to the North East, I suffered, out to say... Arizona, aaaahhh relief! High pressure is our friend, low pressure is NOT!! :) Humidity and dryness I *feel* has something to do with it also... Just my thoughts there.

    E.g... I had my knee operated on in the late 80's, and when I am in the SW side of the country, I am good, send me to NY, and I am limping within like 2 hours of getting of the airplane!! Yuck!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Ah yes, pain and the weather. I live in nw NJ. Since my back problems started I have suffered every winter due to the bone-chilling cold. It really stinks. I can't move to a warmer climate at this time due to Hubby's job and can't leave my mom. But I do entertain the idea of moving to a warmer place in 10 years or so, maybe when the girls are in college.

    Sadly, my body, like so many others, tells me when it is very cold or a storm is coming. Sure does make the winter seem even longer than it is!

    Take care,

    Lisa
  • LOL, When I saw the title of your post, I thought "whaaat??!! He lives in Vegas, baby!!!" lol. It is so true, any dampness, cold, humidity, snow (but I guess you know even less about THAT one ;)) any quick change in weather or temperature is hard on the joints. That's why I love my heating pad!! The only type of cold I've never had affect my joints badly is the cold in a very arid atmosphere, like far up north. I spent 6 months in the high arctic (about 500 mi from the north pole), and a year in the sub-arctic (Yukon Territory), and my arthritis bothered me hardly at all as it's so dry. Sorry you're feeling the "pressure" of the bad weather. But you'll get blue skies again soon, quickly I hope!!
    Kelly
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Well this topic brought up a great point!! I live in Colorado and I am moving to California on Jan 7th to get away from the "high altitude"...We went for a week visit to CA and I did not hurt half as bad...even after an 18 hour car ride!!

    My Hubby says its the pressure from the altitude that is probably making it hurt worse!!

    Come on California!!
  • I never have bought into that idea, because I know that you can program yourself to reduce pain, using thought, you can also increase pain, just by telling yourself enough times, that on rainy-cold days- I am going to hurt more. Say that 100 times and I guarantee - that once you see a cloud - you'll ache. If you overhear a forecast - even when your asleep - you'll ache - long before it get here.

    NOW - having said the above - I will say - that for the last 3 months - I was in a high pain cycle - to the point that there were more days that I felt I needed more meds - than I am currently scripted for. At this check-up with my Dr - I voiced the concern and told him that the above was my normal attitude - towards the old adage. So his reaction was to line up some baseline tests on me. You see - I have been stable on meds and attitude - for 3 years. I still don't think I have injured myself, but he wants to make sure we have not missed something. So - we'll keep a sharp eye on things and see f there is a plausible cause. Heck - I may wind up with Fibro as the diagnosis, something that I figure may explain about 85% of my symptoms.

    But who knows - I am not a Dr - just someone who lives and enjoys learning about life each day! Cheers to you all!
  • Centurion45 said:
    I never have bought into that idea, because I know that you can program yourself to reduce pain, using thought, you can also increase pain, just by telling yourself enough times, that on rainy-cold days- I am going to hurt more. Say that 100 times and I guarantee - that once you see a cloud - you'll ache. If you overhear a forecast - even when your asleep - you'll ache - long before it get here.
    Yes, I agree with this statement. I also know that no matter how positive & upbeat you stay, when the weather is cold, rainy, damp I feal it with every fiber of my being. :))) As you sated, I'm not a dr. either I only know what my body is telling me.

    I was just joking with someone the other day saying, I can't get a break when the temperature was nice it was raining & now the temperature has been turning cold. :))( This is life. We just have to make the best out of what we got.

    NiNa
  • Las Vegas, I've experienced the same thing, but it's usually when the weather is changing, not necessarily the weather itself. I also believe it's the change in barometric pressure, but who am I?

    I wonder if sometimes the cold seeps into my hardware and just totally chills me from the inside out. I have hardware in my neck (anterior) and in my lumbar (posterior) and I seem to get chilled so, so easily. Then it brings on a little more pain, but there's nothing like a nice, long hot shower when you seem to get chilled to the bone and unable to find relief.

    Polly, I live in Colorado too. I'm not moving, but I found it extremely interesting that you felt so much better at a lower altitude. I've heard others say the same thing, but I love it here so much that I refuse to move until I have days where I simply can't move at all. LOL

    Cath
  • well, here it is the end of december (i live in southern california) and it has been raining most all the month and i imagine most of us "backies" feel pretty bad! ~X( it is cold and wet and it gets right into the bones!i almost feel like i have the flu i hurt so bad all over!! don't know when it will dry up but will stay warm and cozy inside till it does. hope you feel better soon as well! Jenny :)
  • Same weather here in Las Vegas, we got yours from CALI
  • I can relate to that! Here in WV it has been bitter cold and snow on the ground.
    When a cold front moves in I have flare ups that are brutal.
    I have a pain pump but it only takes care of your normal pain level and these flare ups are so bad that even my oral pain meds for BT pain do not help.

    Yesterday was a really good day but today rain is moving in and my pain has shot back up again. It's like a yoyo. Up one day and down the next.

    Hurry up Spring!!

    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,794
    And I don't even have too think about it. Now I think David IS on to something there. And if you think about it. And stress on it. I think that mind over body can come into play. But I had some surgery to remove calcium deposits from my wrist in the 80's. And I knew nothing of bone surgery and the possibility of getting arthritis from it or weather setting it off. But every scince, I've been aching when the weather is about to change. And now after having 7 other surgeries. My arthritis seems to just KILL me with the weather changes and the cold damp winter weather.
    I don't really need to listen to the news to find out if it's going to rain. My body will tell me!!!
    Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,794
    That I do live in California. But in the mountains, like Cath. And I'm not leaving these beautiful mountains till Either I can't move any longer or the pain gets so severe that I just can't stand it!
    I love my mountains!
    Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • It's rare that I watch TV so never know what the weather is going to be like until it starts raining or snowing so it took a while to learn my increased pain was due to the weather changing.

    So like Jim...I do not need to know in advance what it's going to be like. My body tells me!!

    Like both Jim and Cathie, I live in the mountains. I love these old mountains so much I could never think of leaving them. Once a mountain girl always a mountain girl. Leave them and your heart longs to return.

    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,794
    I'm with you and Cath Patsy. In the mountains forever!
    Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • lol, that's why I'm moving back to them this year!!! Flat land is just so boring... I)
    Kelly
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I had surgery 18 mos ago, July '09. I went to New York for Thanksgiving week '09 with my daughter's dance team for the Macy's parade; we did a lot of walking outside but I had "hoarded" pain pills since surgery so I was able to manage.

    I live outside New Orleans and once we had our first severe cold weather right before Christmas '09, I was in such pain and couldn't figure out why since I was so active in NY but didn't have as much pain. The pain ebbed and flowed in January, but then got an exceptionally cold spell and it got really bad.

    I went to my NS and he sent me to PT. The PT said I would always feel cold temps and pain because of the hardware in my neck. PT really helped.

    Spring, summer, fall of '10 I was relatively okay, just "normal" aches and pains if I did too much...and truthfully I had forgotten about cold weather issues.

    In early November we had a rough cold front come thru and I was outside attending our local high school football game to watch my D on dance team. My neck and shoulders were hurting more than usual and I couldn't figure out why. All of a sudden, I remembered what the PT said.

    Based on what you guys posted, the cold weather in NY must have been dry. So it's the low pressure and high humidity we have here in NOLA??

    I also have nerve pain....wonder if its the cold hardware irritating the nerves???
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