Can you predict the weather based on how your joints feel?
Is it Cloudy with a chance of pain I your neck of the woods?
Can increased joint pain be caused by the weather?
In my opinion and experience absolutely
For every mile I walk in the fall feels like 2 on my knee joints especially when it’s below 45 degrees and the air is very dry.
When its fall and winter my bones sound like I am walking on a few leaves or twigs some days.
There is no one explanation for why dropping temperatures affect your joints.
One theory relates to drops in barometric pressure, which causes tendons, muscles, and the surrounding tissues to expand. Because of the confined space within the body, this can cause pain, especially in joints affected by osteoarthritis.
For me having Osteoarthritis and Osteonecrosis as well as Spondylolisthesis in my L5S1 this weather has been pretty painful for several years now. But I cannot allow it to keep me from moving.
In days I just want to stay under the blanket, I still make sure I move .
Sitting is a killer.
Thankfully I have found ways to help my pain
I take curcumin as well as a few years ago started to I eat a more plant based diet.
It’s not only helped my pain be less intense it’s also given me other benefits, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides and my scale was lower.
Sure we need protein but for me I prefer mostly plant protein and occasionally eat chicken and fish and maybe 1x a month good quality red meat.
I have noticed a big improvement on how I feel also.
Less foggy , more energy and just overall more balanced.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. Think fish and walnuts to curb inflammation. Avocados yummy!!
- Vitamin K. Make meals that feature greens, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage, for their pain-soothing properties.
- Vitamin C. Add color to your diet with juicy oranges, sweet red peppers and tomatoes, and other C-rich foods to halt cartilage loss (and resulting pain) that comes with arthritis
- Spices Turmeric, Curcumin,Hot peppers, Sriracha I love all the heat and they have anti inflammatory properties that help with pain.
Avoid foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, such as corn oil, which may trigger painful inflammation.
Also swap refined grains for more whole grain. research suggests refined grains have an inflammatory effect, whereas high-fiber whole grains may help reduce inflammation.
One reason cold weather is linked to joint pain is people are less likely to exercise when it’s chilly and damp.
Being a couch potato is bad news for your joints because exercise helps lubricate them to prevent pain and it’s shown to age us faster.
I have a recumbent bike for indoors to help my joints stay moving.
I make sure I’m getting plenty of vitamin D to help keep my bones stay strong and prevent even morejoint pain.
I for a supplement with D3 (the kind your body manufactures from sunlight), but check with your doctor first because some supplements can interact with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Another thing I do is I keep my joints warm.
I love thermacare heat wraps.
Many ask me about what I eat in a day or what products I like.
So lasted this week I will let you know as I get my holiday favs ready.
I am not paid or endorsed in anyway.
These are things I like from personal experience.
Stay warm , and keep moving
Wishing you a pain free day