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Q: Does cold weather affect cause RA flare up?

Just recently diagnosed with RA. Does cold weather cause RA flare up?


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Brad, Health Guide
4/27/10 8:37pm

Hi Nana,

I think that really just depends on the individual. We live in the south, but went to PA twice over winter and certainly flared BOTH times. Like Ronie said I can also feel a change in bariatric pressure as well. If a big thunderstorm is coming I will usually be in agony. My feet have the most RA damage and it seems that is where I will "feel the weather" the most. My wife jokes she no longer needs to watch the tv for the forecast, she just asks me!



ronie, Community Member
4/25/10 12:38pm

For the most part, because we don't know what causes RA we don't really know what causes flare ups.  Our immune system seems to do what it wants when it wants. With that being said, I can only answer your question with a "maybe."


It is my understanding that RA affects all of us differently.  What may trigger a flare up for you may not trigger one for me.  However, I believe all of us are our own true meterologists.  I feel rain coming a mile away.  Cold does not cause a flare up for me but it does affect the amount of pain I have because my muscles and joints stiffen faster in cold weather or an a/c system set on iceberg.  Pretty much I can feel the difference in barametric pressure.  I have had friends with RA who have the same reactions and others who have not.


Have a good day and good luck,



Cindy H, Community Member
5/ 4/10 1:50pm

Hi Nana, my flare ups tend to happen with changes in weather patterns. But they also happen when I'm tired or stressed. Which is most days lately. Snowy days and sub-zero temps don't help either. I'm glad its spring now. Cool

Lene Andersen, Health Guide
5/ 6/10 11:30am

we each have different triggers - food, weather, etc.  Weather is pretty standard and it appears it's the changes in barometric pressure that does it.  These days, I find my body's a better predictor of weather than the talking heads on TV! Smile

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