Flare- ups

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Hi everyone. I’m experiencing a flare- up with my arthritic foot, I haven’t had one for about a year, when I had a blood test, the phlebotomist told me that her mum, who also has arthritis, sometimes has the same problem when the weather is humid, so basically I just found out accidentally, why had the doctor/ specialist nurse never mentioned this before? I must admit, some (not all) of the rheumatologists / rheumatology nurses are not very forthcoming with information. Does anyone else have similar problems? Thanks.

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  • Bic1982
    Bic1982 Member Posts: 31
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    Hi @bosh

    I'm sorry you are experiencing a flare up with your foot. I too experience flare ups when the humid weather hits. I think the trouble is with doctors and nurses is that everyone experience flare ups for different reasons and that it is so individual that they don't always know what is going to be helpful to inform you about. There is so much information out there!

    A lot of my information on flare ups has come from my own experience and taking notes when something feels different. Saying that though, it has taken me years to find ways to help myself and its all about trial and error, finding what works best for you.

    Hope you are able to find some relief asap!

    Anne

  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,742
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    Atmospheric pressure does affect joints, if I remember correctly because it affects the fluid in the joints. I’ve always noticed it in my legs mostly, on both hot and cold humid conditions. I believe it is a recognised thing, but I suspect no one talks about it much as there’s not much you can do other than keep taking the pills or rest up till it passes. It is one of the reasons I always dress to keep my legs and feet warm, as it seems to make a big difference, it’s a rare event for anyone to get a glimpse of my ankles!

  • bosh
    bosh Member Posts: 4,056
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    Thanks @Bic1982 that was very helpful advice, my flare up seems to be quite a manageable one so far luckily, but it’s always good to learn new information (I was scared I’d be back to square one, with my foot growing back to monstrous proportions like before, but thankfully that hasn’t happened yet).

  • bosh
    bosh Member Posts: 4,056
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    Thanks @Lilymary that's very good to know, I also tend to wear sensible shoes and socks ( my sister is a heels and nylon tights kind of female, never really been my kind of thing, but at least she has the choice, lol.)