Change in Weather: Dealing with Cooler Days and Muscle Pain

Summertime has been long and pleasant, but soon the cool and crisp days of fall will begin to knock at our doors. While this change in weather can be a relief to many, it can be a dreaded time for others. Cooler weather can often accentuate muscle and joint pain for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia and other similar conditions. The crisp days of fall might be some weeks away, but your early preparedness is the key to properly dealing with the muscle and joint pain they can eventually bring.

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Simple Tips to Avoid Cool Weather Aches

While there isn’t much scientific data that supports the correlation between cooler weather and pain, many people often argue that their muscle and joint pains flare up during the cooler months of the year. The following tips will help you beat the cold and keep your aches and pains at bay:

  • Enjoy warm water – A dip in a heated pool or a warm bath can have a therapeutic effect on your muscles and joints. The hot water can relieve you of a cold chill while soothing your aching areas.
  • Dress appropriately – If you’ll be heading out into a cool day, it’s important to dress warm. Cover up your hands with gloves and throw a necessary layer of clothing on to stay free of pain.
  • Steer clear of alcohol – Experts in the medical field suggest that alcohol can dilate the blood vessels, which can subsequently lead to heat loss.
  • Watch your sweat – If you find yourself sweating when out in the cool weather, try to change into dry clothes as soon as possible. Keeping your damp clothes on can lead to chills and accentuated pain.
  • Get your vitamin D – A deficiency of vitamin D may worsen conditions such as osteoarthritis. To prevent this, make sure you’re supplementing your vitamin D or enrich your diet with foods that are high in the vitamin.

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