Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The knees know
Mine are worse in cold or damp weather, too--they just start up from lowish chronic twinging to stinging jabs.
Hippocrates (in the Wayback) said some diseases were seasonal. In Chinese medicine, arthritis is called wind-damp disease.
All this according to Melinda Beck, WSJ, Oct 15, 2013.
Of course, other docs have scoffed--all in your head.
And then still more studies have showed a correlation between temp, humidity, and barometric pressure and arthritis--and headaches, toothaches, jaw pain, scar pain, lower back pain, pelvic pain...well, you get the idea.
My sister and I ask ourselves how the damp gets inside our well-padded knees. But that might not be how it works--the mechanism may be that pressure goes down outside, the inside pressure is out of whack and presses against nerves and other structures instead of being equalized. Result? Yow.
Knee or joint pain in weather seems to be worse in people with fluid buildup around the inflamed joint.
The Weather Channel even lists the likelihood of aches and pains.
Want more good news--the chance of scattered heart attacks is increased by cold weather--and not from shoveling, either.
And even MORE good news--there is no climate that will eliminate these problems. A warm dry place may be good for a while, then your body will start to react to changes..