Tuesday, August 17, 2010 V, Health Guide, asks

Q: Do you hurt more when it rains?

It is raining today and I hurt just about everywhere.  Just wondering if this is common.  Thanks, V

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Hope, Community Member
8/17/10 6:55pm

the day before a big storm my pain is unbearable, I can barely walk.  Even in the winter with bad snow storm  I can feel it coming.  My father is the same way.  Nothing to do for it.

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sunshinegal43oh, Community Member
8/17/10 12:45pm

V,

 

 Yes, I hurt a lot more when it rains! Also when it's cold. I used to laugh at my grandparents when they said they could predict the weather by how their arthritis felt. But now I know I shouldn't have been laughing LOL

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V, Health Guide
8/17/10 1:22pm

I remember my grandparents saying the same thing!  I'm home today taking care of my sick husband. He has some really awful stomach flu. I went to work and then came home after I talked to him and he sounded so weak. I bought some electrolyte water and that seems to be helping him. Anyway, it clouded up outside, and it is getting ready to rain. Seems like I hurt more just before it rains, than after it starts.  My knuckles are swollen and red and I just want to nap. I was just curious if this is common or not. Thanks for the info!  V

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ronie, Community Member
8/17/10 6:54pm

Keep yourself healthy Miss V!!  The Flu could knock you down.

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Chuck, Community Member
8/17/10 3:13pm

Hey V

This is a very common complaint from people with joint and orthopedic problems. It has to do with the barometric pressure dropping before rainy weather comes in. This usually occurs about 24-48 hours before the rain starts and therefore is a good predictor of coming events. Sounds like a good reason to move into the desert doesn't it?

Think sunshine

Chuck

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V, Health Guide
8/17/10 5:25pm

Hi, Chuck!  Thanks for the info. I was wondering if I was losing my mind. I took some Tylenol. That didn't work, so I took Tramadol.  That is helping...a lot! I notice I hurt worse before it rains. After it starts raining, the pain eases a bit. Strange thing. Sealed

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nancy, Community Member
3/24/11 9:37pm

I have RA and I hurt two days before it rains. hurts more if it rains alot. I'am all ways right when I say it is going to rain. you are right.

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ronie, Community Member
8/17/10 3:58pm

yeppers!! we are walking weather meters.  Bone meteorology is completely actuate withing 30 miles. Even Isolated thunder storms can make my body fell like it's gonna fall apart.

And with my sinuses I can tell you within minutes of even a little sprinkle. 

 


Ronie

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V, Health Guide
8/17/10 5:27pm

Hey there, goof ball! You are right on, girl. I also have a sinus headache.  The tramadol is helping, though.Laughing

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ronie, Community Member
8/17/10 6:54pm

That's me, the goof ball!!  But ya know it helps to pass time in order to think up junk like this.  hahaha.

 

Recommendation for hip replacement, don't do it unless you have a GP, an Ortho or a Rheumie who believe in giving pain meds!!!  Now that the nerves are starting to wake up, I am about to die!!!!! I truly called today and made an appt with the quack down the street cuz I can't hang.

I keep holding my breath waiting for this OH SO WONDERFUL FEELING to hit me and I am turning blue and purple. 

 

slap me V, hit my toe with a hammer!! something to distract me for this crap!!!  Or at least remind me why I did it.

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V, Health Guide
8/17/10 7:06pm

OMG, Ronnie.  Didn't they give you any pain meds???  My friend who had both hips replaced had major pain meds after surgery.  Good grief!  What is going on with these doctors these days?  I am SO sorry that you are in that much pain.  Maybe the quack down the street will prescribe something that will help. Even quacks have their value from time to time. Wink

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ronie, Community Member
8/17/10 7:19pm

I had major pain meds for the few days I was in the hospital.  I was sent home with #5 vicodin every 6 hours.  And believe me, I take them when I am supposed to and no sooner cuz then they will be GONE.  But They are simply not enough for this.  I upped my pred to 20mg a day to deal with some of the swelling. 

 

For the most part, I have the worst luck in the world with doctors and their willingness to give me anything at all.  I do not in any way have a history of even being prescribed pain meds much less a history of addiction.  Maybe because I live in a major metro city (Houston).  I really don't know what the deal is. 

 

But I am biting my nail and carrying my cross.  This too shall pass, right?  Or I will pass out!!

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Dana, Community Member
8/17/10 7:59pm

You are oh so right about the Houston area with the issue of doc's being leary of prescribing adequate levels of pain meds. Took me 6 months after moving here from the northwest before the doc would make changes to my meds. I cringe every time I see another report of "bad" doc's being arrested for illegeal prescribing, wondering if those bad apples will ruin it for those of us that are truly in need just to function each day.

 

Unfortunately, the weather change has been kicking my body hard! Hopefully winter here will be my "good" time of the year.Wink

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V, Health Guide
8/17/10 8:10pm

Yes, Ronie, this too shall pass.  That is the good news, but when you are in pain sometimes a day can seem like a week. I am so TICKED OFF about them not giving you what you need for pain. I see the post from another person living in Houston who says she has the same problem. I know you have to be careful with your meds because of your stomach, too. When is your appointment w/the quack down the street?  And remember, you did this whole surgery thing because you had to do it if you didn't want to be confined to a wheelchair the rest of your life.  And when it finally heals, it should be much, much better. I wonder if your PT could send a note to your doctor explaining your pain level.  Maybe the doc would listen to your PT...???

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kfranz, Community Member
8/17/10 9:29pm

Hello V ! :)

  Yes I hurt a lot more when it rains. Actually when a weather front starts moving in whether it be rain or snow it seems to affect me. Something to do with the barametric pressure. Also triggers migraines sometimes. Hope you feel better soon!

Kim:)

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V, Health Guide
8/20/10 7:33pm

Thanks, Kim!  I am feeling better. I was just wondering if I was a freak or what!  Happy to know I am not the only one who can predict a storm moving in. It sure has been a wet summer here in Missouri.......I actually think winter is better on my symptoms. I hate the cold, but it seems to be better on my joints than this humid, wet weather we have been having this year.

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Suzie, Community Member
8/19/10 10:21am

I guess I am the exception!  The weather does not seem to affect me at all - thank goodness!!  Especially since I live in Nebraska and our winters can be brutal!   

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V, Health Guide
8/20/10 7:30pm

Hi, Suzie!  I read your dx.  We have the same exact dx...fibromyaliga, osteoarthritis, inflammatory osteoarthritis, and asthma.  How long have you been dealing w/all this?  What meds are you taking now?  I've never known anyone else w/inflammatory osteoarthritis. I didn't even know there was such a thing until a couple of months ago!  Thanks for your input. V

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Suzie, Community Member
8/23/10 9:13am

Dear V...

 

I am so sorry to disappoint you - I don't know where that post about my dx came from - I went into my profile and everything and can't find where it would be.  I actully only have RA... none of the hard stuff that you have.  I wish I could have helped you!

 

Suzie

 

PS - does anyone know where I change my dx?

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V, Health Guide
8/25/10 5:14am

Oops!  Sorry, Suzie. I must have lost my mind temporarily. I don't see that in your dx now, either. Sorry for the misunderstanding.  V

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Shesim, Community Member
8/19/10 10:35am

Yes, when the weather is damp & or humid I start having more pain.

 

In 2004 I was recruited to try an experiment while they filmed it for a News Program documentary.  The point was to see if weather really makes a difference to arthritis sufferers as well as migraine sufferers.  I was put into a flight simulator (Canadian Air force Testing Facility in Toronto) with Valerie Pringle (TV celebrity) and an airforce personnel who suffers from migraines. 

The goal was to take the flight simulator up to 30,000 ft (about an 11/2hours to reach 30,000 then the same time to decompress) all the while increasing the humidity. 

 

I was checked out by the Airforce Dr and in I went.  By 15,000 I was rubbing one knee then shortly after I was rubbing both, soon my shoulders were aching and long before 30,000 ft I was being taken out into the quick decompression chamber (about 15 minutes in a very small cramped room, alone) when I came out I was shaking, I hurt all over, I then took 2 Oxycontin 10mg instant release capsules.

 

The migraine sufferer made it through the whole experiment saying he had no sign of a migraine... however I was told later that by evening he was in ER for pain shots LOL!

 

So the documentary aired...I had my 15mins of fame.

 

Now the Canadian weather network has a "Aches & Pains" report and you can see if and why your RA is problematic over the next 24 hours...Check out www.theweathernetwork.com and check for Aches & Pains under the Health & Environment tab.

 

Sorry I went on & on

 

Take care

Sherry

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Dana, Community Member
8/19/10 7:11pm

Glad you went on & on- it was very interesting and informative. I love learning something new every day!

 

Thanks!

Dana

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Pam, Community Member
8/19/10 10:50am

The weather does not affect my pain either. A good thing since I live in Florida and this is our season of a little rain every day.

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gordon bell, Community Member
8/19/10 10:53am

I have had RA for over ten years. No, in my case it does not hurt more when it rains. 

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mccoy, Community Member
8/19/10 11:13am

I can always tell weht a rain front is comming in, usually 12 to 24 hours ahead of the rain.  There is a difference between the types of low's.  The  humid low's of Spring, Summer and fall are a lot worse on my RH than the cold dry low's of winter.  I can predict rain a lot better than I can snow.

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dpippin, Community Member
8/19/10 4:23pm

If there is a front that comes along with the rain I do have more aches and pains. If it rains without a front......I get to just enjoy the rain without extra pain Laughing

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Phillip, Community Member
8/19/10 8:55pm

I hurt more the day before and the day after but pain is there while it is raining just not as bad

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V, Health Guide
8/20/10 7:26pm

That is exactly the way I am!  Hurts much more before it rains and after it rains. Oh, nice, I see I have an underline on....hmmmmmm. I will try to "fix" this.  Thanks for the info! V

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Ella, Community Member
8/20/10 5:20pm

Yes, before a storm comes I know about it and sometimes during rain and afterward as well.  I have OA all over too though, so mostly my aching is constant.  Winter is terrible for me and I dread it like the plague.  

 

 

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groverkitty, Community Member
9/ 8/10 9:13am

I live in Seattle... the rainy, gloomy, depression capital of the world. When that weather changes from Summer (which we barely had this year) to fall, I feel like I've been thrown from a cliff. We have 2 seasons here: fall and spring and they're not that different from each other. I want to move to Florida, but we can't right now. To answer your question, yes, it feels like I was hit by a train, and that's about every day, cept the 30 sporadic days of sun throughout the year. Don't move here!!

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LoveTheRain, Community Member
10/19/12 10:09pm

Yes, it hurts all of my injuries in the fall when the weather changes from summer to fall and right before it rains, i used to take cod liver oil with a calcium, magnisium, zinc pill and it would stop the pain, it would also take a toothache away in 15 minutes,

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LoveTheRain, Community Member
10/19/12 11:28pm

my doctor told me to take cod liver oil and calcium tabs, and i found that it helps with old injuries and the rain and also will take a toothache away in 15 minutes,

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angie, Community Member
10/20/12 8:45pm

Hey V, I'm sorry youre having a bad day. And my answer is it doesn't even have to be raining.... Just feels like its going to. I hurt at the thought of rain. My Granny god bless her soul, always hurt in her hips where she'd had double replacements. Her doctor told her it isn't the rain, that it's the change in the barometric pressure. Like when a full moom makes women go into labor or false labor. It's the lunar magnetic changes that cause it.  I might be crazy, I am, lol but I believe it.... Good news is the weather is supposed to clear up. But then we have the possibility of snow, especially in the NE. But, since I don't have the stresses of workin in the snow now and we didn't even get a flake last winter. I love a good deep old fashioned snow. It calms my soul and where I live in the mtns of NC, its awesome to watch ! 

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By V, Health Guide— Last Modified: 12/16/13, First Published: 08/17/10