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My jaw always locks and clicks in cold weather. Is this bad?

My jaw always locks and clicks in cold weather. Is this bad?

Clenching your jaw: You are probably clenching your jaw against the cold. The worst consequence of this is that you may be grinding your teeth. I suggest that you dress a little warmer in the cold dress in layers so when you get hot you can cool a little bit. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Is the cold weather bad for my arthritic joints? Thanks!

Is the cold weather bad for my arthritic joints? Thanks!

No actual damage: Cold weather does not cause any actual damage to arthritic joints, per se, but the cold weather and barometric changes can cause increased pain in arthritic joints. ...Read more

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Am an expat in uae. The cold weather is giving me problems of sinusitis. How do I prevent it? Is frequent intake of cetrizine bad?

Am an expat in uae. The cold weather is giving me problems of sinusitis. How do I prevent it? Is frequent intake of cetrizine bad?

Sinusitis: Sinus infections are due to obstruction of normal clearance of secretions from them, either to obstruction (physical or physiological), to adjacent infections or to direct penetrance. Not due to changes in temperature, although pressure changes can create congestion. You may have allergies, etc. Chronic use of antibiotics is not a good idea (resistance, allergy, etc.). See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I've had about 3 nose bleeds in the past 4 days & i think its due 2 the cold weather. My nose has been making a lot of big bloody boogers. Is this bad?

I've had about 3 nose bleeds in the past 4 days & i think its due 2 the cold weather. My nose has been making a lot of big bloody boogers. Is this bad?

Nose bleeds ...: In a young healthy person can be as simple as a small ruptured blood vessel due to dryness or cracking. It also could be a harbinger of something more serious. You should have it looked at by a doctor if it persists. In the meantime try a nasal saline gel to lubricate and moisten your membranes. ...Read more

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Body felt achey all Day and somewhat light headed. Had bad night of sleep. Walked to apartment in very cold weather felt strange chest felt strange ?

Body felt achey all Day and somewhat light headed. Had bad night of sleep. Walked to apartment in very cold weather felt strange chest felt strange ?

Possible Flu?: Any fever? If so, over 102? Most likely Influenza if severe body aches, chills, and fatigue. You probably have a mild sore throat, headache, congestion too? Only have 2 days to get treated so seek medical attention if unchanged or worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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My hand (mostly fingers) tend to itch in cold weather, is it bad circulation? Why when I use the computer 1 of my hand gets way colder than other?

My hand (mostly fingers) tend to itch in cold weather, is it bad circulation? Why when I use the computer 1 of my hand gets way colder than other?

Hand circulation: This sounds like it could be a combination of positional/nerve irritation/ kind of issue and possible a hyper spasticity issue. A vascular surgeon can do the circulatory evaluation for you. Ask you doctor for a referral. ...Read more

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I am pre-diabetic (AIC = 5.7) could living in the cold weather (bad bloodflow to extremities) increase my chances for neuropathy small vessel disease?

I am pre-diabetic (AIC = 5.7) could living in the cold weather (bad bloodflow to extremities) increase my chances for neuropathy small vessel disease?

A1C 5.7: You report pre-diabetic! Do you have diabetes or not? That said, cold weather should not have anything to do in cold weather, unless you wear clothing to help you If you have not or do not have diabetes - Relax!. You discuss pre-diabetes. How often do you check? Please let me know. Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more