Rheumatoid Arthritis & the Cold

Many people with arthritis swear by the pain in their joints as a predictor of cold weather that’s on the way. Whether the joint pain and weather connection is scientifically true or not, you can still use these pain-relief tips when your aching joints act up this winter season.

Try to keep yourself nice and warm by wearing extra layers. Keep blankets in every room of your home and add additional space heaters where needed. If that doesn’t do the trick, try taking a warm shower. This is good for your blood flow and gets in your joints. Oils and lotions may help too, use them for massage. Your diet makes a difference in how you feel when the seasons change as well, try to stick to a healthy plate limiting sugar. A low cholesterol diet can help fight inflammation.

Staying active by exercising can help ease the pain. Come up with an indoor exercise plan to avoid going outside, use a treadmill or standard exercise bike if you have one in your home. If not, walking the mall or indoor shopping centers can be an option. Treat yourself to a massage. The pain you are feeling can come from the muscles around your joints, getting a massage at least one time a week can actually reduce pain.

The right frame of mind can also make a difference. While experiencing pain certainly isn’t fun and can be a downer, but the way we think and taking charge of our own health can help creative positivity and help us focus on doing what works for us individually. If you continue to have a tough time coping, talk to your doctor. Your rheumatologist may be able to help you with a prescription if necessary.