Neuropathy: Does your pain increase when the weather changes?

Posted by bvw @bvw, Sep 24 4:44pm

I have neuropathy in both of my feet. This is probably a strange question, but has anyone else noticed that their pain increase when the weather changes? I live in Florida and we are having storms coming in and I really think just as the storm is about to hit, my feet ramp up.

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Good afternoon @bvw. I am so glad you posted what is actually not a strange question. And I think there is an answer….."Barometric Pressure. I suspected that something other than rain or snow was actually affecting my level of pain and discomfort. Amazingly, I found out that pressure has a great deal to do with neuropathic pain. I even started a chart indicating when my neuropathic pain rose and its relationship to barometric pressure. Give it a try……see if there is a pattern. Then you can prepare for the extra pain when the weatherperson announces an upcoming storm.

Hope this is an answer for you. How do I adjust my medications??? I simply switch my medical cannabis dosage to a higher THC dosage, e.g. from 2:1 CBD/THC to 1:1 CBD/THC. That seems to be helpful for me.

How kong have you been faced with neuropathy pain? Has it been diagnosed?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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@artscaping

Good afternoon @bvw. I am so glad you posted what is actually not a strange question. And I think there is an answer….."Barometric Pressure. I suspected that something other than rain or snow was actually affecting my level of pain and discomfort. Amazingly, I found out that pressure has a great deal to do with neuropathic pain. I even started a chart indicating when my neuropathic pain rose and its relationship to barometric pressure. Give it a try……see if there is a pattern. Then you can prepare for the extra pain when the weatherperson announces an upcoming storm.

Hope this is an answer for you. How do I adjust my medications??? I simply switch my medical cannabis dosage to a higher THC dosage, e.g. from 2:1 CBD/THC to 1:1 CBD/THC. That seems to be helpful for me.

How kong have you been faced with neuropathy pain? Has it been diagnosed?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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Thank you for your reply. I was diagnosed last in November 2021. It is part of my Long Covid that I am dealing witih.
Barb

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@artscaping

Good afternoon @bvw. I am so glad you posted what is actually not a strange question. And I think there is an answer….."Barometric Pressure. I suspected that something other than rain or snow was actually affecting my level of pain and discomfort. Amazingly, I found out that pressure has a great deal to do with neuropathic pain. I even started a chart indicating when my neuropathic pain rose and its relationship to barometric pressure. Give it a try……see if there is a pattern. Then you can prepare for the extra pain when the weatherperson announces an upcoming storm.

Hope this is an answer for you. How do I adjust my medications??? I simply switch my medical cannabis dosage to a higher THC dosage, e.g. from 2:1 CBD/THC to 1:1 CBD/THC. That seems to be helpful for me.

How kong have you been faced with neuropathy pain? Has it been diagnosed?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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Barometric pressure discovered all about this pressure living in South Florida due to migraines and chronic pain. I prepare by having necessary meds for migraines available. Salonpass ointment and their lidocaine patches work well. I also have neuropathy in left lower leg. No pain yet. Hope this help.
Aging isn’t for sissies

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I live in Missouri and it is getting colder each day. I find that my pain level stays higher now from about 4 to 5/6. I have only had PN for about 4 months so I am new to this. I feel like it something we should know if it effects those with PN. Also I am sleeping less and I really don't know why. I am now able to sleep 4 hours at night. Naps in the day raise my pain level for hours after 1 hour of "sleep". Any suggestions on sleeping more at night would be appreciated also.

Thanks!

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@pacodennis

I live in Missouri and it is getting colder each day. I find that my pain level stays higher now from about 4 to 5/6. I have only had PN for about 4 months so I am new to this. I feel like it something we should know if it effects those with PN. Also I am sleeping less and I really don't know why. I am now able to sleep 4 hours at night. Naps in the day raise my pain level for hours after 1 hour of "sleep". Any suggestions on sleeping more at night would be appreciated also.

Thanks!

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Hi @pacodennis, You will notice that we moved your post to an existing discussion in the Neuropathy group here so that you can connect with @bmc149zinc, @bvw and @artscaping who have also posted about neuropathy and weather changes:

— Neuropathy: Does your pain increase when the weather changes?:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/neuropathy-pain-and-changing-weather/
The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy has some complementary and alternative treatments listed here that might be helpful.
https://www.foundationforpn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Complementary-and-Alternative-Treatments-Revised-2020-final.-1.pdf

Have you done any research for alternative treatments that might help?

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@pacodennis

I live in Missouri and it is getting colder each day. I find that my pain level stays higher now from about 4 to 5/6. I have only had PN for about 4 months so I am new to this. I feel like it something we should know if it effects those with PN. Also I am sleeping less and I really don't know why. I am now able to sleep 4 hours at night. Naps in the day raise my pain level for hours after 1 hour of "sleep". Any suggestions on sleeping more at night would be appreciated also.

Thanks!

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PN I assume is peripheral neuropathy. I have CRPS and weather brings on less sleep, increased pain and sensitivity, and winter is the worst, historically.

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@pacodennis

I live in Missouri and it is getting colder each day. I find that my pain level stays higher now from about 4 to 5/6. I have only had PN for about 4 months so I am new to this. I feel like it something we should know if it effects those with PN. Also I am sleeping less and I really don't know why. I am now able to sleep 4 hours at night. Naps in the day raise my pain level for hours after 1 hour of "sleep". Any suggestions on sleeping more at night would be appreciated also.

Thanks!

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I am extremely sensitive to cold, whether it’s from the seasons or inside temperatures. I had to check out of an ER once because the pain from the extreme air conditioning cold after waiting a few hours was worse than what I went there for. I have to really watch my car heat and air year round. So winter is definitely worse. I keep gloves in all jacket pockets, and a bag of socks, gloves, and scarf stay in my car so I have extra warmth when needed. Extreme heat is uncomfortable too, but I wouldn’t describe it as the intense, internal pain I get from feeling frigid. Gabapentin has helped me tolerate the cold and heat extremes better, but I try to avoid being exposed for too long, as it takes a while for my body to recover.

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@artscaping

Good afternoon @bvw. I am so glad you posted what is actually not a strange question. And I think there is an answer….."Barometric Pressure. I suspected that something other than rain or snow was actually affecting my level of pain and discomfort. Amazingly, I found out that pressure has a great deal to do with neuropathic pain. I even started a chart indicating when my neuropathic pain rose and its relationship to barometric pressure. Give it a try……see if there is a pattern. Then you can prepare for the extra pain when the weatherperson announces an upcoming storm.

Hope this is an answer for you. How do I adjust my medications??? I simply switch my medical cannabis dosage to a higher THC dosage, e.g. from 2:1 CBD/THC to 1:1 CBD/THC. That seems to be helpful for me.

How kong have you been faced with neuropathy pain? Has it been diagnosed?

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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I also use THC gummies and I get a lot of relief. Helps me sleep also !!

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@dbeshears1

I am extremely sensitive to cold, whether it’s from the seasons or inside temperatures. I had to check out of an ER once because the pain from the extreme air conditioning cold after waiting a few hours was worse than what I went there for. I have to really watch my car heat and air year round. So winter is definitely worse. I keep gloves in all jacket pockets, and a bag of socks, gloves, and scarf stay in my car so I have extra warmth when needed. Extreme heat is uncomfortable too, but I wouldn’t describe it as the intense, internal pain I get from feeling frigid. Gabapentin has helped me tolerate the cold and heat extremes better, but I try to avoid being exposed for too long, as it takes a while for my body to recover.

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Hi Debbie. My feet get way colder now that it's fall. I use a small electric ⚡ heating blanket in the evening to help with it. I also use lidocaine 4% gel on my feet as well . I take 900 mg of gabapentin every 4 hrs from the moment I get up. I also use Ambien and melatonin to get to sleep and average 8 hrs each nite plus 30 naps after my am low impact workout and 30 min nap after my afternoon gym workout. These activities keep my blood flow good. I also use r alpha lipoic acid and Acetyl l carnitine and hoping to find the right dosage for my condition. Not all bodies are the same. Keep reading and experimenting till you find what works for you. John

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@frattmaa

I also use THC gummies and I get a lot of relief. Helps me sleep also !!

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I use gummies at 5mg, dare I say, a candy; vape 77-88% THC solventless or cannabis oil; and smoke flower with defined effects I want. They all serve a purpose but gummies I take daily for relaxation and they probably help me sleep better too. I vape before bed to relax and sleep 6-9 hours depending on other factors.

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