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Does cold weather bring on a Lupus flare up? All my joints are swollen, weak and painful. As soon as the cold weather hit, I'm in pain everyday

Does cold weather bring on a Lupus flare up? All my joints are swollen, weak and painful. As soon as the cold weather hit, I'm in pain everyday

Not per se but: cold and damp weather makes the joints hurt more regardless of the cause. Sun exposure on the other hand can trigger a lupus flare. ...Read more

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Definition)

Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more


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Is possible that you have lupus even if your only symptom is bilateral joint pain?Esp in morning and in cold weather?

Is possible that you have lupus even if your only symptom is bilateral joint pain?Esp in morning and in cold weather?

Yes: Joint pain can be the only symptom of lupus but you would have to have several positive blood tests to make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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In general, do people with lupus and related autonomic defiency need to avoid the humidity and weather temps in the 90s (even if they avoid the sun)? If so, why?

In general, do people with lupus and related autonomic defiency need to avoid the humidity and weather temps in the 90s (even if they avoid the sun)?  If so, why?

Avoid sun: The weather humidity and temp is not so harmful as the direct uv rays.Sunburn is a sign of too much uv exposure, a stressor.Any stress makes all autoimmune disease worse. ...Read more

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Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Yes: A drop in barometric pressure, which occurs with storm fronts, can make any type of arthritis worse. This includes the joint pain from SLE. ...Read more

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What is the best climate for me. I have lupus scleroderma RA fibromyalgia and crest syndrome ?

What is the best climate for me. I have lupus scleroderma RA fibromyalgia and crest syndrome ?

The Mighty Vitamin D: You may do better in warmer climate closer tot he equator for 2 reasons: more vitamin D and more exercise . Receiving more sunlight would naturally raise your vitamin D levels. Adequate vitamin D is essential for fibromyalgia relief, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.More exercise, especially light walking or yoga on the beach would add to the benefit of vitamin D. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cold-weather-related illness?

What sort of disease is a cold-weather-related illness?

COLD-WEATHER ILLNESS: Cold-weather diseases & injuries include frostbite, chilblains, trench foot, & hypothermia. Also raynaud's phenomenon & frostnip. ...Read more

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Why when we feel the cold weather, hundreds of small dots appear on the skin till we use to the weather temperature?

Why when we feel the cold weather, hundreds of small dots appear on the skin till we use to the weather temperature?

Goosebumps!: These are goosebumps! goosebumps are a normal, natural way that the body uses to keep itself warm when it is cold. Goosebumps are caused by the hairs in the skin standing up straight, which helps save heat! the muscles attached to the base of the hair contract just like other muscles contract to cause shivering in an attempt to generate heat. ...Read more

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My friend sleeps most nights in a damp t-shirt will this make her sick especially in the cold weather?

My friend sleeps most nights in a damp t-shirt will this make her sick especially in the cold weather?

Not particularly: Hi, I'd have liked to know why she sleeps in damp Tshirt? Intentionally or does she sweat causing Tshirt to become damp? If weather is cold maybe it's still too warm for her indoors. Most people find it unpleasant and cold to wear/sleep in damp clothing and dampness may cause skin irritation/chaffing but it won't make her catch a cold or other infection if that's what you mean by ill. ...Read more

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Does cold weather cause colds?

Does cold weather cause colds?

Viruses: cause common colds.

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What are some harmful effects of being around cold weather, for a child?

What are some harmful effects of being around cold weather, for a child?

None: It depend on overall good health, including diet! ...Read more

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