It is a common notion for those living with arthritis, and other joint issues, to have increased pain levels before and during rainy days. Arthritis sufferers are known to predict the weather without seeing a weather report. The increased barometric pressure does in fact cause joint pain, increase in headaches, and other inflammation induced issues.
During these heightened times in heightened barometric pressure, there are multiple ways to reduce the onset of pain:
Managing your weight- People who are overweight or obese can reduce joint pain considerably by losing weight. The access pressure from the atmosphere coupled with the extra pounds an individual carries significantly increases pain.
Healthy Eating- Eating well-balanced meals rich in vitamins can reduce pain. Minimizing gluten, trans fat and sugars is ideal. Increasing Omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to reduce inflammation.
Exercise- Taking part in regular fitness activities is ideal for everyone. Older adults with arthritis should engage in low impact exercises such as cycling and yoga to manage pain levels. By increasing range of motion in joints, one can minimize chronic pain.
Heat/Cold- applying heat and cold to effected joints can relieve pain. Using heat at beginning of day can warm up joints to allow ease in daily activities. Cold can reduce inflammation and swelling in joints making down time much more pleasurable.
Acupuncture and Massage- This is a great way to relieve pain, stress and relax on those painful, rainy days.
Quit Smoking- This is more important than chronic smokers like to think. Smoking causes excess stress on connective tissues which leads to increased pain. Not to mention the damage to your heart and lungs.
Last Resort- If all of the above is not successful in controlling pain during high pressure days, consulting a doctor about pain relief will be needed. They can speak to you about pain relief medications, and create a treatment plan for you. But, do not be surprised if they recommend any, or all, of the above as a first step in pain management.