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Pain And Changes In Weather...Am I Alone????

Posted by @cahnny, Sep 10, 2016

I’ve read articles saying that changes in weather can effect severity of pain and, of course, there’s the old timers who swear the old bones ache when it’s gonna rain. Well I guess, at 70 years old, I’m now an old timer and, let me tell you…my old bones and muscles, and skin, and hair HURT. There are days I hurt from neuropathy and Morton’s Neuroma in my feet and legs, to profound itching along my degenerating spine (I think due to pinches nerves), to aching joints, swollen cysts behind my arthritic knees, gut discomfort from IBS, pinched nerves EVERYWHERE to neck pain that goes down my arms, to skin that just feels sore and tingly. I’m talking all these things all at the same time. It’s like someone flipped a switch and lit me up like a roman candle. One doctor will say…that could very well be. Another doctor will say poppy cock. Well poppy cock this…I know my body and I know how it feels and I know it’s not in my head. Now it might be coming FROM my head…as in mixed up signals from the brain saying YOU’RE IN PAIN but the pain and sensations are real.

I needed a new bedside alarm clock so purchased a clock that also provides barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity readings. It seems, without fail, on days when there is a dramatic swing in barometric pressure my body goes into all over intense pain mode. Do any of you have the same experiences??? I’m not talking just a little aching. I’m talking REAL discomfort.

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Hi @cahnny, great question. You’re not alone! Many people talk about the changes in their body aches and pains when the weather changes. I’d like to introduce you to @billh @omega and @salena54 who may be able to provide their experiences with this. @cahnny, have you found any remedies that help to relieve the pain?

Hi Alyse; Unfortunately I have not found any quick fix for this pain. That’s why I started this discussion. The pain comes on rather suddenly within hours…either just before or just after weather changes and the pain is INTENSE and entire body wide. I take hydrocodone and acetaminophen for daily pain. When this hits, I take an extra half a hydrocodone and that gives enough relief to make it bearable. Once the weather change levels out the “extra” pain subsides. By “extra” I mean pain over and above what I experience on a daily basis.

Oh wait…I lie….I MAY HAVE FOUND SOMETHING THAT HELPS but I have to try it the next time it hits to be more confident. The other night the barometric pressure suddenly jumped dramatically and I was in such intense pain, I was having a VERY hard time dealing with it. I took a hot shower and that did help and the relief lasted a while. Time will tell. I’ll try it again next time.

@alysebrunella

Hi @cahnny, great question. You’re not alone! Many people talk about the changes in their body aches and pains when the weather changes. I’d like to introduce you to @billh @omega and @salena54 who may be able to provide their experiences with this. @cahnny, have you found any remedies that help to relieve the pain?

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Alyse: I’m just finding my way around this site so all is new to me. I’m not sure how these @… work. I clicked on each of the @names above but didn’t read anything about pain due to weather changes except one person who mentioned something about cold weather in passing. Am I looking for comments these people made about pain due to weather changes or conversations they started?

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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Thank you for the thought. Vitamin D levels should be good but will make a note to ask my doctor to check I have an appointment coming up in November with a endocrinoligist to monitor my thyroid levels as I have Grave’s Disease and take synthroid every day.. I eat a well balanced diet rich in fresh fruits, veggies, fish, eggs, yogurt, and I take a GNC Women’s Ultra Mega 50 Plus One Daily 3 or 4 times a week. I also drink one or two Ensures a day. I get very little sun light over the course of the year though living in the Great NorthWET. Due to disabilities, I spend most of my day indoors. Thanks again!!!

My old worn out body at 74. Not to discourage you but I have had joint pain since my 30’s and now I have it all over my body. I Get up in the morning, step out of bed and it hurts the bottom of my feet. I stretch some to get the legs moving and the arms and hands loosened up. The neck is a lost cause. It just hurts no matter what I do. Back is the same way. Moving helps a little but mostly it just takes time to get going. Weather definitely affects my joints (all of them). Muscles not so much. Not sure I actually have any muscle pain unless I pull something trying to do stuff I can no longer do correctly. I take naproxen if it gets too much to bear and I do exercise which I believe is the best thing you can do at this age to keep things working. Senior fitness classes are good for you and fun. No twisting of the knees in that class. Walking a couple of times a week helps me also. I walk on a treadmill for 2 miles and it takes about 30 minutes. I watch TV while I walk so the time goes faster. I walk on the days I do not go to senior fitness. I have taken a yoga type class but live in a small area and not enough participants to keep it going. It was called body flow and I really liked it. Most of my friends just live with the discomfort and call it old age. Some do take steroid shots but I am not for doing that because I have small bones and they are already thinning. Just keep on keeping on. Seems to be the best solution for us.

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@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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Be careful about Vitamin D supplements if you’re a senior citizen. Recent research is exploring the role of Vitamin D in physical instability, vertigo, and falls among people over age 70. Overdosing Vitamin D is a factor in a lot of these cases. Until the final report is released, both men and women over 70 should keep their daily Vitamin D intake to 2,000 IU — and that includes regular food sources. I have changed my Vitamin D supplement to not more than 1,000 IU per day.

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@alysebrunella

Hi @cahnny, great question. You’re not alone! Many people talk about the changes in their body aches and pains when the weather changes. I’d like to introduce you to @billh @omega and @salena54 who may be able to provide their experiences with this. @cahnny, have you found any remedies that help to relieve the pain?

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Hi @cahnny, when we mention a person with @name, then they receive an email notice that they’ve been mentioned in a post. We use this to bring members into a conversation who we think may have something to contribute. Alyse tagged Bill, Omega and Salena for this very reason. Sometimes we can make a more exact match, sometimes the match isn’t exact, but we know they have spoken about a related topic. Luckily members will jump into the conversation without being tagged, like @concernedmtnmom @predictable @slavinray did in this case. For that we are very grateful.

I provided more tips and tricks about navigating Connect to the discussion you started here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/this-is-a-confusing-place

Coincidentally, @johnwburns posted a topic today about seasonal weather changes. In this case he was referring to the incidence of severe bradyarrhythmias. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/seasonal-weather-changes-and-incidence-of-severe-bradyarrhythmias/ but I’d be interested in his thoughts on pain and weather changes.

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@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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I see a few comments on vitamin D. It might help to understand that there are water soluble vitamins and fat soluble vitamins. Excess water soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, are flushed out of your body when you pee. That’s not to say that too much of a water soluble vitamin can’t cause problems but excess is not stored in the body.

Then you have fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin D, A, E, and K. These vitamins enter the body, get absorbed into fat globules, wind up in your blood circulation, and then enter your your body tissue where they’re stored. Generally speaking fat soluble vitamins remain in the body so you can more easily get an excess amount of fat soluble vitamins if you take a lot of extra supplements.

I suggest talking to your doctor about how much YOUR body needs, especially when it comes to fat soluble vitamins. Now I’m a big fan of balanced nutrition from fresh food and taking vitamin supplements, especially from natural sources. BUT….there is such a thing as over doing it and that can cause some serious issues. Don’t be grabbing a bottle of Vitamin D off the shelf at the store and start chugging them because you think they’ll help your aches and pains because too much of a good thing is dangerous. Also, if you’re vitamin D deficient, think about how to get more vitamin D in your body from natural food sources and the sun. I’ve read that the sun if the best source of vitamin D. If you live in an area where it’s cloudy and rainy all the time like I do, or you don’t get outside enough due to medical issues like I do, be sure to include foods that are good sources of natural vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, milk, eggs, meats like beef liver and pork (no..not bacon…lol), and cheeses like ricotta.

You can Google or Bing Vitamin D. There’s a lot of good information out there about this and other vitamins. Just remember, there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing and too much can cause serious problems. Also be careful where you get your information. Use highly respected sources such as Mayo and WebMD. There are also good articles along more homopathic or organic veins from long standing reputable sources such as Rodale and Mother Earth Living. Just remember there’s a lot of hype out there about quick cures so know your sources……….including ME. I’m not a doctor and there’s a LOT I don’t know so don’t even take my word for anything. Verify, verify, verify.

@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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cahnny i was told  by a doctor that sitting in direct sun light 10 minutes a day  i best for  vit.  d levels

@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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kaykat…thank you. We get a LOT of cloudy wet days here but I’ll make a better effort to sit outside for at least that long.

@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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VERY GOOD;MY KIDNEY SUPPORT GROUP AT KITTAY HOUSE* IN THE BRONX,NY HEARD
THIS ARTICLE YESTERDAY!

* SENIOR RESIDENCE WITH AVERAGE AGE ABOUT 85,MOSTLY NEEDING ASSISTANCE
AND AIDES.

@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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We need to check n the vitamin D levels. I have been told that a minimum of 5000 a day of vitamin D is necessary .

@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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5,000 is probably excessive unless you have absorption problems. I’d suggest that you keep the intake modest, as stated above, at least until you have a blood level.

@concernedmtnmom

Have you checked your Vitamin D levels? Deficiency can wreak havoc
everywhere…joints, skin, general muscle pain, blood pressure, heart rate.
50,000 IU per week can change your life. Blood test will tell you in less
than a week.

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Vitamin D: Here are some vetted resources about vitamin D, including dosage, recommendations and evidence.
– From the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/vitamin-d/background/hrb-20060400
– From the National Institutes of Health https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

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