By Dr. Richard Garian
This mystery has baffled scientists for decades, and the “why” continues to elude them.
What they do know is this: Weather clearly affects people who live with chronic joint pain.
For generations, people have been predicting the weather – almost always accurately – based on how much their joints were aching. Doctors report that more than 60% of their osteoarthritis patients complain that weather conditions impact both pain and stiffness – not enough to send them to bed for the day, but enough to be noticeable and limit some activities.
Several studies bear this out: A variety of weather-related factors seem to increase joint pain, especially when the temperature or the barometric pressure drops, or when rain falls. Here’s a brief look inside a few of the many published weather-arthritis impact studies:
So if people have been telling you “it’s your imagination” when you tell them your knee knows that it’s about to rain…it isn’t. Weather can absolutely affect your joint comfort – even if scientists still can’t quite figure out why.
Interested in predicting your weather-related pain level? Visit www.accuweather.com and click on the arthritis link under the “Personalized Forecasts” tab. It will help you figure out which days you might need extra joint support, so you can get ahead of the pain and stiffness bad arthritis weather can bring.
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When we think of Thanksgiving side dishes, stuffing and potatoes come to mind. So, let’s talk potatoes!
Potatoes haven gotten a bad rap over the years due to protein and keto diets. When we think potatoes, we generally think carbs and calories. We often feel as though eating potatoes is splurging – like eating ice cream! But there is good news on that front!
Optimal health starts with a healthy digestive system, ensuring all body systems and organs are provided with the vital elements required for proper functioning. Studies are linking are our digestive health to the immune system, endocrine system, mental health, certain cancers, and skin diseases.