Change in weather can be a problem for arthritis patients and people with joint pain. It is believed certain atmospheric conditions intensify swelling in the joints like temperature lowering, high humidity and barometric pressure falling. It is not sure why this happens or if there is any link between them. Science has conducted many tests and studies on humans for many years now, but they still fail to come up with any conclusive link between change in weather and its relation to increase in joint pain for arthritis patients.
When it rains or it gets cold we tend to stay indoors more than we usually would and when it is humid you tend to feel lazy or sleepy, this change in our daily activity routine can be a cause for more pain, as inactive joints tend to get more stiff and painful.
You should keep yourself as warm as you can. Take warm showers, use heating pads, dress in layers, wear gloves, warm socks, use an electric blanket and turn up the thermostat heat inside your house. Try paraffin bath, you can dip your hands and feet in it then let the wax harden on the skin. The heat is sucked into the body this gives relief to the painful joints.
During rains and humid weather keep yourself dry as much as possible, if you feel cold wear warm clothes, use hot packs, eat hot food and take hot baths, and if you feel warm keep yourself cool by turning on the air-conditioner, wearing light cottons, using cold packs, having cold showers.
Take pain medications like NSAIDs non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Talk to our doctor about the medications and go for regular check-ups. Maintaining a proper weight is important as it takes off the extra load from all the weight bearing joints, low impact exercises like yoga, swimming are good for the muscles and bones in the body, do not over exert your joints with excess activity, eat a balanced meal and take proper rest.
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