Tuesday, June 10, 2008 BretN, Community Member, asks

Q: Does weather (heat and humidity) have an affect on RA?

Hi, I'm getting ready to move to North-East Florida from Northern California and was wondering if weather (hot/Cold/humidity) plays a part in aggravating RA symptoms? I've had RA for a year now (living in Northern Ca), and haven't noticed any big difference from season to season with my symptoms. Any opinions?

Thanks for your help.

Bret

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Christine Miller, Health Guide
6/11/08 2:19pm

Hi Bret,

I think I'm the opposite of a lot of people because hot humid weather makes me flare more.  I live in Maryland and summertime is miserable for me because it can get so humid.  My joints much prefer snow and cold weather.   

 

Christine 

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monica, Community Member
8/17/11 11:32pm

I live in Tucson, Az. Right now my RA is driving me nuts. It's affecting my knees and feet.

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Stacy, Community Member
6/10/08 10:11pm

I live in Houston.  Where it does not get much hotter or more humid.  The summer months do not seem to aggravate my symptoms.  I find that cold weather seems to make my joints more stiff. 

 

Good luck with your new location!

 

Stacy

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AmyAria, Community Member
6/11/08 11:08am

I've always heard that California only HAS one season!!  Actually Brett, even though I'm very new to all this I'm starting to notice rainy days make me ache.  Although it could just be that rainy days make me blue so I notice pain more.  What can I say, rainy days and Mondays always get me down.Wink

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Lizzie, Community Member
7/25/08 8:09am

I was diagnosed with RA one year ago.  I moved to North East Florida 3 years ago.  My RA is very bad with the heavy humidity that we experience here in St Augustine.  Thank God the A/C is a bit cheaper than CT and it helps a great deal during the extremely humid times.  

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Maddie, Community Member
7/28/08 9:44am

I live in Northeast PA, the weather ALWAYS aggravates my RA! Dampness, himidity, change in the weather...like a Cold Front moving in.  PA is probably one of the worst places to live if you have RA!

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LILY, Community Member
8/ 9/08 3:13am

HELLO I'M 24 YRS OLD AND I ACTUALLY HAD THIS RA FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND I I'M CURRENTLY LIVING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CA. WERE THE WHEATER IS CRAPPY LOL THERE'S SO MUCH HUMIDITY AND I'M HAVING THE MOST HORRIBLE FLARES OF MY LIFE I'M PREGNANT AND EVEN SO I'M FLARING UP BAD I'M IN SO MUCH PAIN AND I THINK MY JOINT PREFER COLD DRY WHEATER OF DRY WARM . GOOD LUCK WITH ALL TAKE CARE

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Tiffany, Community Member
12/ 5/09 2:24pm

Hi, I was reading through where to live w/ RA and read you are young and pregnant.  I wanted to respond to you because I was diagnosed with RA almost 5 years ago w/ the birth of my 2nd child.  I later endured a 3rd pregnancy w/ RA so I know what you are going through, I am 28 yrs old.  I keep my flare ups under control by watching my food allergies.  I am allergic to many things including wheat, gluten, milk, peanuts and so on.  Anyway if I eat one of my allergens I can't get out of bed, however if I stay away from them I tend to live a pretty normal life, though the snow in MT does bother my wrists!  The allergy test is a simple blood test and very accurate, I hope you consider it.  Good luck with your flare ups and you baby!

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Dee, Community Member
9/30/08 11:19am

Dear Brett

I have had RA foe over 20 years, having lived in  Houston,Tx for 15 of those years where the heat and humidity can be extreme I can say for myself that the climate there was the best thing for me. I was transferred to Cleveland,Ohio 5 years ago and the weather is a terrible thing for me. I am fine in the late spring and through the early fall but from about mid October when the temps begin to dip I have flare-ups and pain most of the winter. I plan on going back to warm weather when I retire.

DeeWink

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C Brown, Community Member
5/17/09 9:54am

Yes.  I just moved back to South Texas, TX from Colorado.  Every time I vivisted Colorado I would feel better, then because of a job offer I moved to a town with very low humidity there and all my symptoms disapeared 100% for the rntire time I was there.  As I would visit Texas from time to time, I would notice the arthritic symptoms returning midly, as I would only stay in Texas for a weekend, but now that I'm back full time also the full array of arthritic symptoms.  I would say that humidity plays a huge role on how you feel.  I remember when they used tosen Arthritic Patients to Colorado Springs many years ago, mild temperatures and dry weather does help Arthritic patients!

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kkickback, Community Member
5/24/09 12:46pm
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh yeah weather and humidity play a huge roll I am 33 with sever (RA) and my doc. said about the only state what would do you good is Az. I currently live here in mighigan where we ger rain and over casts all the time i've notices i am having more pain in the summer time so far and it seems any normal or high humidity or weather change I can tell you like 8 hrs before a storm comes up...Im going to experment with humidifers see if that makes any difference right now mositure is my house is around 50% which is normal i just just knwo i feel good when it is down under 20% which is concitered low himidity If i was you I would try to stay in northern Cali...good luck Reply
meema, Community Member
9/ 2/09 12:42am

I have been suffering in Central Florida with RA and general weakness for 20 years and just discovered what the problem was.  I can drive north of Orlando which is not sub-tropical like Melbourne, where I live and the pain subsides and my energy kicks in. I'm fine when I travel out west or north and need  help getting out of the car by the time I get south of Orlando to Melbourne which is just about 60 miles.  I'm in the process of renting my home and moving to Northern Calif. or Arizona as I would like to have some kind of relief from constant pain and exhaustion.  It is deffinately the humidity in my case.  Good Luck if you are moving to this area. 

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aalex727, Community Member
4/ 7/11 8:14pm

 I was diagnosed with RA last year...  I have made an extreme effort in recognizing what affects my pain the most.

I live here in Tampa, FL and let me tell you ... the humidity is crazy here.

 

I see a definite increase in joint pain during the humid seasons ( most of the time ! )  and find a significant improvement with little or no pain at all, during the winter.

 

I also try to eliminate some allergens from my diet which helps somewhat.

Hope this helps 

Good Luck   :-)  

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Doe, Community Member
8/25/11 5:09pm

I live in Yuma Arizona and for me the humidity causes so much discomfort I cry, there is nothing that helps minimize the pain in my joints, especially my knees! Good luck to you and God bless!

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Doe, Community Member
8/25/11 5:13pm

I live in Yuma, Arizona, and I have found that the humidity has such an effect on my joints. I am literally brought to tears and confined to bed for a day or two. But, I never learn I love the outdoors and I keep going outside, so it's my fault. You would be able to control how much you need to step out into the humid hot weather!

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Ron, Community Member
12/27/11 8:55am

Food is the biggest variable.  Eat anti-inflammatory foods like sweet potatoes etc!

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Jennifer J, Community Member
4/ 1/12 4:18am

Hi Guys! I guess that everyone is different....I have Lupus and I can't stand Florida because when I flare I get excruciating joint pain... I never understood why Florida is a retirement goal... Usually people of older age suffer from RA... I live in NYC... it's still too humid... I thought of moving back to Boston, MA but I can't stop thinking of the cold winters... I really love Tucson, AZ's weather...although there is a lot of heat but it is DRY... believe it or not...coming back from Tucson to NYC and going to see my rheumatologist...my lupus tests came back negative...  remember guys... lupus may be environmental and with all those cacti around... it may influence...just wear the strongest sunblock and enjoy the dry heat even though it may not be a multicultural city like NYC or Boston...lol...Health do come first!!!

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Jennifer J, Community Member
4/ 1/12 4:18am

Hi Guys! I guess that everyone is different....I have Lupus and I can't stand Florida because when I flare I get excruciating joint pain... I never understood why Florida is a retirement goal... Usually people of older age suffer from RA... I live in NYC... it's still too humid... I thought of moving back to Boston, MA but I can't stop thinking of the cold winters... I really love Tucson, AZ's weather...although there is a lot of heat but it is DRY... believe it or not...coming back from Tucson to NYC and going to see my rheumatologist...my lupus tests came back negative...  remember guys... lupus may be environmental and with all those cacti around... it may influence...just wear the strongest sunblock and enjoy the dry heat even though it may not be a multicultural city like NYC or Boston...lol...Health do come first!!!

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Mary, Community Member
6/19/12 4:39pm

Hi

 

I have alot autoimmune issues although I have not been diagnosed with RA...I have Crohns disease (recently diagnosed) which can and does cause horrible joint pain for me. I am really afraid of biologic medicatios like Remicade, because I had thyroid cancer. I end up in the hospital frequently during the summer it seems for the past five years or so. It is most definitely a pattern. I am racked with pain all over right now because it has become more humid. Medication isnt really helping.  What in the world am I going to do? Pls help. Gosh I am beside myself.

 

Thanks. 

 

Mary  

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Diane, Community Member
6/26/12 1:23pm
For those of you who have flare ups that trigger from heat or humidity', after 10 yrs of seeing one specialist after another I finally got a correct diagnosis. I had an RA Dr. tell me I am only her 4th patient but I have Erythromelalgia (TE). Go to the TEA website to research. For me, heat, humidity, salt,caffeine, alcohol, and dangling my feet or hands can trigger it. I am on 4 different medications for this that i take throughout the day. I hope this helps. Diane Reply
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