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1855076 tn?1337115303

Pain and weather

Even though it's only October, I can feel the weather changing in my bones.  Yesterday was totally miserable ... icy rain and the kind of cold it's hard to shake.  It felt more like early March than October.  This morning my car was iced over and I couldn't get my door open for a while.  Then the windows were frozen shut.

I'm sure there are a lot of people like me who's pain escalates with changing weather or cold weather.  I am dreading winter.  It's so long.  I was finally getting some decent pain relief.  The best I've had in a while.  Today it feels like nothing is working.  The pain is so intense in the bones.  I know this will pass and I'm grateful for the days I've had better relief.

I've talked to a lot of doctors about weather and pain and I've got varying responses.  Some think it makes a difference, others don't.  I know it does, at least for me.

I'm just curious if anyone has asked their doctors about the correlation between pain and weather and what their thoughts were.
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I personally don't have increased pain with the weather, but I know many others that do.  Don't let others tell you it isn't real.  Keep up the search for relief.  Hot baths sometimes warm up your bones, or so I am told.  My daughter has horrible pain in the winter.  Pain clinic has to give her shots just to get her through.  Maybe you need to get a referral from your physician to be evaluated at a pain clinic.
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1855076 tn?1337115303
Thank you for the response.  Baths do help shake that cold that settles in your bones.  I've been going to the pain clinic for several years and have had on and off pain relief.  They actually do believe weather plays a part, though they say it's more about the barometric pressure.  My surgeon doesn't seem to think it's connected.  I'm just curious what others have encountered with their doctors.
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Weather changes also affect my pain levels.  I often say I'm a walking, talking barometer and can forecast the weather much better than teh high paid meterologists.  My body can tell at least a couple of days in advance when the weather is about to change.  I'm not sure if it's the barometric pressure that causes the increase, the change in temperature or what- I simply know that it affects me.  It used to be that it was mostly with changes from warm to cold weather - however, not it happens with most any change that is more than a few degrees or a few extra points of humidity.  I think if I could find a place where the temperature was about 70-72 degrees (F) with low humidity year round, my body would be much happier.

I've had several doctors agree with me that weather does play a part in pain levels.  I've asked some of them if they can explain it, and they, so far, haven't been able to either.
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You should visit Colorado in the spring!  Colorado has low humidity most of the time but we don't have 70 degree weather until the fall and the spring.  The fall has a lot more surprises in terms of weather change like one day it will be 80 degrees and the next day it will be 22 degrees.  That happened last week actually.  The 70s during the Spring are much more stable.  I love spring time!

The cold weather really gets to me too.  It penetrates deep into my bones and even into the muscles that the pain is worse.  I find that I tense up when I am really cold so I know that has something to do with it but the cold in general causes more aches and pains.  I tend to hibernate in the winter except when going from the car to grocery store or to work or to gas station lol!  

I don't get out and about a lot in the winter except for around the holidays as I desire for my 5 year old son to have a great thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and birthday one month after, that I sacrifice pain relief for his excitement and joy!  I know all of you have done that many times over for your kids.  I would give up my life so that he could live if it came to it.  I know all you mothers know what I am talking about.  :)

femmy
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1331804 tn?1336867358
You should visit Colorado in the spring!  Colorado has low humidity most of the time but we don't have 70 degree weather until the fall and the spring.  The fall has a lot more surprises in terms of weather change like one day it will be 80 degrees and the next day it will be 22 degrees.  That happened last week actually.  The 70s during the Spring are much more stable.  I love spring time!

The cold weather really gets to me too.  It penetrates deep into my bones and even into the muscles that the pain is worse.  I find that I tense up when I am really cold so I know that has something to do with it but the cold in general causes more aches and pains.  I tend to hibernate in the winter except when going from the car to grocery store or to work or to gas station lol!  

I don't get out and about a lot in the winter except for around the holidays as I desire for my 5 year old son to have a great thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and birthday one month after, that I sacrifice pain relief for his excitement and joy!  I know all of you have done that many times over for your kids.  I would give up my life so that he could live if it came to it.  I know all you mothers know what I am talking about.  :)

femmy
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