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Joint problems/arthritis how are you finding the cold?

MrsP-CMrsP-C Posts: 8,370

I'm not doing too well with it at all ! image


  • Horrific. I can't get up in the mornings at all. Finding it so hard to get myself out of bed. And I'm in much more pain than usual. I hate winter. I noticed it starting in November and this week has definately got worse!
  • Hi,

    Ive got Rhmertoid Artheritis and its basically hell in this cold. Im realli stiff and tired. Not looking forward to physio on tuesday!
  • My joint problems are not affected by the cold as such, BUT if I spend any time shivering, that does affect me.

    TBH I've found Christmas shopping REALLY hard and have to wrap presents today - which is also really hard on me. You don't realise how much you have to use your body when you're wrapping presents.
  • MrsP-CMrsP-C Posts: 8,370
    Very true Sally, but then I don't think we realise how much we use in a lot of everyday tasks x
  • mrshelen74mrshelen74 Posts: 9,282
    my hubby has it in his ankle and its so swollen and painful
  • Well the cold has inadvertantly scuppered me today. Not only is it too icy to brave with my walking stick, but because I was cold last night I slept in my slanket (basically a blanket with sleeves) and I got all tangled up and rolled over - which is when my shoulder dislocated and something odd has also happened to my wrist. So shoulder is now pretty much back in but once its been out, it 'forgets' where the right place is to sit so it pops in and out all day and is just generally very inflamed and painful. Bummer.
  • my h2b is finding it more hard than me, i hate seeing him in pain, image i just look after him as much as i can, make him cookies and cakes hee hee

    mine hasnt been too bad, but i did make the mistake of wearing shoes and my ankles got really cold and were soo painfull for about 2 days, didnt see how much my new rocks keep my ankles warm and suported

    hope everyone is ok today xxx
  • hi, I was diagnosed with raynauds syndrome over christmas so i can completely sympathize with how cold its been!

    its getting warmer no but im still struggling with joint pain, the other week it was my knees and i could barely walk. i was on tablets for raynauds but had to come off them incase they were causing the joint pains, the doctor is are now running tests for rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic rheumatoid conditions. waiting for a diagnosis is so frustrating and driving me crazy - i get married in just under 4 weeks, i could do without the stress
  • DevilleteDevillete Posts: 43
    i was diagnosed with osteoarthritis last yr and it is dfinatly getting worse. i dont find the cold weather makes it worse yet but cold water makes the pain worse and the stiffness and warm/hot water makes my hands lose all grip so i cant do the washing up etc. i have 4 chidren under 8 and finding it real hard to bath them is spreading into my back and walking is getting increasingly harder!!

    my wedding is next yr and i'm scared it wont be the perfect day i want because of the pain and meds. i cant really talk about it with anyone, they either think its another 'problem' of mine (i seem to have endless ones atm with my health because of it) or they're just not really interested or they think its not really that bad, ho can it be i'm only 27... must be putting it on, which then puts doubt in my mind that its not that bad and some days i even doubt i have arthritis in the first place and its all in my head!

    so confused image
  • sweetjouksweetjouk Posts: 792

    I feel exactly like you a lot of the time. I'm 27 and have a condition which affects all my joints. Unfortunately I have many other health issues stemming back to the primary condition. Basically my joints constantly dislocate and sublux which causes a lot of pain and makes it difficult to move! So on the opposite end of the spectrum to you, but exactly the same problems in terms of heat, cold, etc.

    And I know just how you feel that people are only interested for a while, it is hard learning to live with it and recognise that when most people ask, 'How are you?' they don't actually want an answer!

    It is easy to start wondering if you're 'doing it' to yourself. But that is other people making you think like that. I recently saw an uber specialist and it was so nice for him to say, its not in your head, you have all the physical markers and I can see that this is happening. Becuase you do begin to feel paranoid - especially when you see that your GP thinks you're a hypochondriac (as was the case at my last surgery.)

    You're not on your own, and there are lots of sources of information out there. If there is a support group for your condition (I think ARC may be a good place to start?) get in touch with them and start using their forums - it will reassure you to know there are other young sufferers and that they face the same things as you. You can also pick up handy tips from them and possibly join some of their social groups (its nice meeting with people and not having to explain your condition before you feel like they can 'get' you)

    But you're not on your own


  • sweetjouksweetjouk Posts: 792
    Oh, and Devillete,

    If you are finding the pain an issue, look into whether your dr can refer you to a specialist clinic. I know that the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore runs a Pain Management programme that is fantastic - its an inpatient course but very much worth it.

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