Impact of winters on Rheumatoid Arthritis patients

November 25, 2016

Winters come with a lot of amazing things, such as cool air, coffee, hot chocolates, wrapping up in thick blankets and watching the beauty of nature, while yawning and looking through your window. On the other side, stiff and paining joints can be a palpable snag to cooler months of the year; making it worse for the arthritis patients. As the temperature goes down, these joints start predicting it, simply by increasing swelling and pain. What causing this sudden fluctuation is becoming one of the prior research questions!

One approach that has been arguably respected for promoting more joint pain is barometric pressure, which means the force exerted by the weight of the atmosphere. Researchers have proposed that a drop in barometric pressure intended to accompany cooler and damper weather, could allow joint tissues to swell and put pressure on nerves that control pain signals. Although, researchers are evidently supporting other assumptions that thermal changes adapted by the body in response to changing temperature can alternatively amplify pain signals from joints. Probably active temperature fluctuations may limit the amount of blood circulating at the other extremities like hands and feet, thus initiating intense pain; because vital organs of our body, such as heart, brain, and lungs; need more supply of oxygenated blood.

This is quite rational that winter also drops down your mood and low mood is known to be linked to higher levels of perceived pain. Shorter days and cool temperatures can also make us less inclined to be active, and immobility can also make arthritis pain worse. Beyond all the claims to the weather, if we focus on overcoming obstacles that stop us exercising in winter could rather be more helpful approach.

Hence, this is not complete truth that there is a direct effect of weather on arthritis but there are also secondary effects, which are more likely to make pain worse. Due to low mood and reduced activity weather can affect your severity. So being creative about how you maintain your activity levels and what to take care of, will change the scenario completely.

There are ways which can relief rheumatoid arthritis to an extent in cooler months.

  • Stay warm– This advice starts with dressing up warm clothes. Keep yourself wrapped especially at joints. Like wear knee caps and gloves to warm your knee and hands.
  • Layer up– Although wearing lots of clothes make you heavy and that don’t let you move actively, but it’s important to wear layers to be warm, though you can control comfort level when temperature shifts dramatically during the day.
  • Be hydrated– Though winter is cooler and leave the climate drier, where your body gets shriveled along with; which means you need to drink lot of water. Additionally dehydration might make you more sensitive to pain.
  • Lose Weight– Excess weight can lead to increased pain and inflammation when you have rheumatoid arthritis. So it is advised to lose weight regardless weather.
  • Exercise– While it’s quite obvious to avoid winter chills for arthritis patients, but staying at home might leave you in more pain. Stay active, keep doing indoor exercises.
  • Warm Water Spa– Yes, it’s hard to even take a bath in winters, but swimming in a heated pool is both great exercise and soothing to joints. You can also get relief from warm baths.
  • Supplements – According to researchers low levels of vitamin D might play a role in how sensitive you are to arthritis pain. Get enough amounts of vitamins to your body. Add fish oil in your supplements diet, omega -3 fatty acids do have some benefit because they seem to reduce the level of inflammation to an extent.
  • Massage– Get a massage, it doesn’t only sound luxurious but relieves you in terms of pain emanating from the joint and from the muscles around the joint.

However, rheumatoid arthritis got no such cure but can be managed to relieve pain and inflammation and recent discoveries indicate that remission of symptoms is more likely when treatment begins early with strong medications known as disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDs).There are management treatments provided by Advancells like Stem Cell Therapy.

At Advancells stem cells treatment is offered for Arthritis, by re-infusing back patient’s own cells isolated from autologous tissues such as Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue for achieving successful results. This non-surgical procedure reduces joint pain and the needs for going through painful Knee replacement surgeries that come with own side effects.

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