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Why does humidity and the pain from arthritis so much?

Why does humidity and the pain from arthritis so much?

Fluid retention: Heat and humidity causes some fluid retention which aggrevates joints. Cold causes stiffness in the muscles. So you get it from both extremes. But most arthiritis patients are bothered more by a barometric pressure drop (comes before a storm front). This was confirmed by a rheumatologist in denver who used a pressure chamber to study this phenomena. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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In hot, dry weather my arthritis is happy but add a bit of humidity and the pain goes through the roof. Why does this happen?

In hot, dry weather my arthritis is happy but add a bit of humidity and the pain goes through the roof. Why does this happen?

This is common: Folks with arthritis can often tell when the barometric pressure changes. There are pressure sensors around joints, and arthritis (can be of several kinds) seems to turn the sensors on. Many arthritis sufferers have this, but not all. ...Read more

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Fell on left palm months ago. Wrist now hurts with rain and humidity. Onset arthritis? Any remedies to ease pain? Pain is heightened during rain

Fell on left palm months ago. Wrist now hurts with rain and humidity. Onset arthritis? Any remedies to ease pain? Pain is heightened during rain

Possible arthritis: You may have an un-diagnosed fracture or arthritis, i would recommend visiting your primary doctor and obtaining xrays as a start. You may need consultation with a hand surgeon if there is anything suspicious on xray, . ...Read more

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Is there medication for someone to live in a more humid area with psoriatic arthritis?

Is there medication for someone to live in a more humid area with psoriatic arthritis?

Moderate humidity?: Moderate humidity is good. High humidity and arid (dry) air is bad for psoriasis. Significant humidity can lead to excessive perspiration, with bacterial and dungal growth in areas prone to psoriasis and worsen the skin disease. Zinc oxide 5% found in gold bond extra-strength can help with skin disease. Otherwise, the medication for psa for joint disease can be increased. ...Read more

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What can be done for arthritis effected by rainy damp humid weather?

What can be done for arthritis effected by rainy damp humid weather?

Common problem: This is a very common complaint among my patients. Weather change is notorious for causing an acute worsening of joint pain. Unfortunately, not much can be done to combat this aside from staying in a climate controlled environment. ...Read more

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Does food affect arthritis?

Does food affect arthritis?

Depends on type: 150 types of arthritis. Gout is affected by diet (prot., purines, alcohol); rheumatoid maybe modestly affected by amt and type of fat intake. High fat and omega 6 (land fats) can increase body's chemical mediators of inflammation; lower fat and omega 3 (marine oils) lower them. Flax/walnuts nahclinical effect? Maybe; couldn't hurt. Doesn't take the place of meds. Cherries don't stop gout attacks. ...Read more

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What types of arthritis are most likely to affect males at age 17-18?

What types of arthritis are most likely to affect males at age 17-18?

Arthritis, young man: Hello: Many arthritides can be seen in young males. Immune diseases like Anklylosing Spondylitis (which comes under umbrella of Spondylo-arthritides and includes conditions like Reactive arthritis); arthritis from infections like streptococcal bacteria, or viruses (parvovirus, or hepatitis virus). Crystals i.e., Gout, can be seen too. The history, pattern of joint involvement can give clues. ...Read more

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Would losing weight affect my arthritis?

Would losing weight affect my arthritis?

Reduces trauma: Losing weight: 1. Decreases trauma while active and weight bearing to your joints, especially hips, knees, ankles, and feet. 2. Weight loss in the abdomen, straightens posture, and reduces stress on the facet joints of your back. 3, finally, you become a pro-active patient, one that does not just say, " dr. Give me a pill." this will spill over into other problems you may have, or may develop! ...Read more

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How can arthritis affect handwriting?

Limited: In severe arthritis of the hands where there is deforming changes and very limited motion and rteduced strength handwriting may be affected as it is difficult to hold a pen or pencil and control it so writing may be quite difficult. ...Read more

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