Arthritis and the Weather

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Many people with arthritis might mention time and time again, “the weather is affecting my arthritis.” Arthritis and the WeatherThis may happen every time “bad” weather comes, as some people claim they can feel it in their bones and body. Though many people with arthritis may claim that the weather has an impact them, is it scientifically proven?

For those who are not familiar, arthritis is the inflammation of the joints which causes symptoms such as stiffness and joint pain. There are many types of arthritis, but the two most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OA is caused by repetitive movements done every day and RA is an autoimmune disease.

If you know someone with arthritis, then you probably know someone who swears they can predict the weather by their arthritis pain. There is plenty of non-scientific evidence about the relationship between arthritis symptoms and the weather. Most people who believe their arthritis pain is affected by weather say that they feel the most pain in cold and rainy weather than in warm and dry weather. On the other hand, other people with arthritis may complain they get more pain in warmer weather. There is limited scientific research to support the correlation between arthritis and weather connection. Most research studies fail at providing any hard-conclusive evidence.

The truth is, there is no scientific proof that the weather affects arthritis. Although some people may feel like it does when it is rainy and gross or even when it is hot and disgusting out, scientists have not found enough evidence to support this theory. If you feel arthritis is affecting you, please consult with your doctor.

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Article written by William Graves.