Whether the weather be fine, or whether the weather be not …

November 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 5 Comments
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Today I got my excellent and informative copy of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society magazine. In it is a very short piece about a very small piece of Norwegian research showing something that will come as no surprise to many RA sufferers: levels of RA pain may be affected by the weather.

I can’t tell you who the researchers were, what research they did or how they reached their conclusions because NRAS, for all the magazine is interesting and informative, haven’t seen fit to share any of that information with us. However, they said that 61% of the people they studied were affected by the weather (although they only studied 36 people), and that different people were affected by different weather conditions.

Well, I’ve noticed in the past that I certainly feel it before a storm, and I’m wondering if my coming and going fizzle (it’s fizzing away merrily again today after a ‘day off’ yesterday) is related to the fact that we’re having lovely, sunny days followed by very wet, rainy nights. Then again perhaps it was the lack of chocolate pizza last night?

I’m afraid I’m too lazy to keep a weather/RA diary and try to work it out, and anyway there are so many weather-related factors that it might be hard to do that without a mini weather station in the garden!

I hope I’ve spelled weather and whether correctly throughout – I’m very tired, so not promising anything on that front!

Autumn is doing a very good winter impression this morning

September 15, 2009 at 9:09 am | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | Leave a comment
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What happened to those gorgeous sunny days we had last week – well, I’m glad I had the right week to go on holiday, anyway. I can hardly believe I was sitting on Brighton beach eating ice cream last week, whereas this morning I had to put the car’s heating on coming into work as my fingers nearly froze to the steering wheel.

Which reminds me – a friend mentioned this morning that she had a rather crunchy ice cream yesterday on Brancaster beach as the sand was blowing into it! That made me realise what a great advantage Brighton’s stony beach is. May not be quite as comfortable to sit on, but the wind REALLY has to blow before you get stones in your ice cream!

Anyway, back to frozen fingers … OK, I exaggerate – it wasn’t actually even frosty, but the cold really got into my joints and it felt like my fingers had locked into place. Oh joy – that’s what I’ve got to look forward to this winter. Looking on the bright side … hmm, now where did I put that bright side? It must be here somewhere … oh yes, I found one – I get a few days respite next week if the whole Barcelona thing comes off – they’re still getting 25 degrees and sunshine as far as I know!

What a week … or so

August 26, 2008 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | Leave a comment
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Things have been jut a tad hectic lately. My mum went in for a planned operation at the beginning of the month. We agreed that I’d stay with her for a night or two when she came out of hospital, and then she should be OK… so she was told.

Well while she was still in hospital I went to visit her and the car broke down … in the car park but not, of course, in a space … I was reversing into a space and it died, completely, no engine, nothing. Well at least mum got a nice long visit while I waited for the RAC! They couldn’t start the car so towed it to our garage, which unfortunately is quite a way from our house, so had to get hubby to pick me up.

Our favourite mechanic fixed it … by tapping a part of it with a spanner! He did warn us that it might go again though … and of course it did. Mum was out of hospital by then, and she lives near where I work so while i was carless for a week (since more than spanner tapping was obviously required!) I was walking from her place in to work, walking back to hers at lunchtime, getting her lunch, then going back in the afternoon, walking back, getting her dinner, doing bits of housework etc. and then falling into bed. Poor hubby had to fend for himself … and fend for the cats too!

I felt completely run ragged and my knee wasn’t too happy about it either!!! Things are getting back to normal now -mum’s very much on the mend, thank goodness, and although I’m still going round (but now with a car!) to do dinners, I’m back home at night (thank goodness!) and she can manage her own lunches. In fact today she walked in to town, her first proper trip out of the house since the op. I’m really pleased for her, as it’s a big psychological step up. She’s being careful not to overdo it though, which is good.

Needless to say really, my arthritis decided to play up something awful over the whole period I was staying at mum’s! It’s now much better. I suppose it’s stress related, although weather may also play a part, as that’s been very up and down, and for much of the time I was away from home it was VERY humid.

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