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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. 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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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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Can you get arthritis in your early 20's?

Can you get arthritis in your early 20's?

Yes: There are many types of arthritis. People born with a congenital abnormality like hip dysplasia, are more likely to get early onset arthritis. Trauma to a joint early in life can lead to arthritis. Some autoimmune diseases such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, ra, and lupus can present with early arthritis. A rheumatologist can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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What type/s of arthritis are associated with either hyper mobility syndrome?

What type/s of arthritis are associated with either hyper mobility syndrome?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in patient with hypermobility. There is also an increased risk of joint dislocations. ...Read more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation within a joint. The most common type is osteoarthritis which is a wear and tear arthritis. Another is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune problem where the body attacks its own tissues. The common syptoms of arthritis is pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joint. ...Read more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Cartilage damage: Arthritis is a progressive damage to the cartilage in your joints. It can be cause by several things including wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis among others. When the cartilage is damaged, there is increasing pressure on the bone that leads to bone spurs. There is also an increase in the chemicals that trigger inflammation, which causes pain. ...Read more

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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