Posted by: wockhardthospitals | October 26, 2009

Arthritis, during winter.

For people suffering from arthritis, the coming months of winter can be likened to a nightmare.

How weather effects Bone & joint Pain?

There is no scientific connection between arthritis and winter. The sensation of pain is subjective. However, some patients with arthritis report worsening of pain during winter. This may not be directly related either to the weather or to the disease. While there is no valid scientific explanation for this, one reason can be fall in physical activities during winter. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis gets worse after a prolonged period of rest.

Some arthritis patients also suffer from raynauds, a condition where the tips of their fingers and toe turn blue when exposed to the cold.

A condition common among people suffering from arthritis like scleroderma, lupus etc, if not adequately treated it can develop into ulcer of the fingertips and toes.

Common in women:

Rheumatoid arthiritis is three times more common in women than men. The disease affects most of the joints in the body and causes pain, swelling, stiffness in joints and loss of mobility. If left untreated, it can damage the joints permanently.

It is the female hormones that play a major role in damaging the joints. A majority of the cases are reported from women between 30 and 40 years of age.

However, no age group is exempted from this disease and we get both children and elderly people who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Do calcium supplements help? What would you suggest as a preventive measure against Arthiritis?

Firstly, it is a wrong notion that calcium is the solution for all types of bone & joint pains. Not all types of arthiritis is due to calcium deficiency. Calcium is useful only for a particular bone condition called Osteoporosis. Not all women need to take calcium either.

While there is practically no protection against arthritis, maintaining a healthy lifestyle definitely helps. One should take care of his/her diet and avoid becoming overweight. Exercising regularly also helps.

Source: DNA


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