Saturday, July 18, 2009 Wish_it, Community Member, asks

Q: Does altitude affect R.A. discomfort or is it my imagination?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
7/20/09 10:31am

I poked around in Google a little and found a couple of places that talk about it. It seems that some people are affected by altitude and some aren't - it seems like it's sort of like PMS where some people find it increases the symptoms and others don't.

Jo, Community Member
8/ 3/09 4:29pm

I find my RA is better when I'm in the Alps, at 1800 metres! But maybe it's the dry air + not the altitude at all. 

Harris, Community Member
8/12/12 9:25am

 The altitude and the "absolute" humidity go hand by hand. Less air pressure means automaticly less "absolute" humidity. But not "relative" humidity. This means that on a Sunny "relatively" dry day in LA lets say 60%RH will have more "absolute Humidity than being in the Alps on a rainy day with 99% RH. This can be concept difficult to understand.  I used to live in Denver,CO.. now in PA. long story short I take pain pills sometimes for muscle pain and joint pain here in PA never  had to in Denver.

RA Ninja, Community Member
8/ 6/09 1:22pm

For me  the answer is yes!


Poor attitude means reduced willingness to fight fight fight this disease.


Everyday I need to know I am going to make today the best day possible and empower the RA as little as possible. I must have a positve attitude to believe I can manage and defeat this beast!


It also helps to do what I can for the people around me and to avoid getting angry and stressed.



















RA Ninja, Community Member
8/ 6/09 1:25pm

Whoops..misread the question. To respond to the "altitude" issue...not ATTITUDE! (LOL)


The best I have felt in over 2 years of very progressive RA was during 9 days in Hawaii and 5 days in Myrtle Beach, both very low altitude places.

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By Wish_it, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/12/12, First Published: 07/18/09