Senior Care in Lakewood CO: Weather changes and arthritis flares-ups go hand in hand


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Weather Changes and Arthritis Flare Ups Go Hand in Hand

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People with arthritis often claim they can predict the weather, based on their joint pain level, and with good reason. Studies show a variety of weather factors can increase pain, especially changes.

Bigstock -companionshipWatch for any changes in Barometric pressure (especially falling) and Temperature (especially lowering). Those are the main culprits.

In fact, a 2007 study by Tufts University found that for every 10-degree drop in temperature, there was an incremental increase in arthritis pain. In addition, relatively low barometric pressure, low temperatures and precipitation can increase pain.

Scientists don’t really understand it completely, but there are things you can do to help the person you’re providing senior care for better cope with arthritic flare-ups brought on by Mother Nature—whether in the dead of winter or in other seasons when rainy weather and storms pop up.

  • Speak to their doctor to see if an increase in pain medications may help, or whether over-the-counter pain relief medications like Ibuprofen, Bufferin, or Naproxen might complement whatever prescription medication they’re already taking.
  • If increasing medications, however, it’s smart to have your loved one start with the lowest dose possible and never take anything additional without consulting their doctor first.
  • Staying warm can help prevent or reduce joint swelling.
  • Conversely, ice can also help. Try alternating the two for 15-20 minutes at a time, starting with heat first.
  • You might also suggest that they try wearing Spandex or compression gloves at night. These types of products help prevent fluid from getting in the joints to begin with. They can also help during the day if the arthritis flare-up is really bad.
  • Exercising joints will help loosen them up and massaging the affected areas can help release toxins from the body to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Drinking lots of water will also help remove toxins from the body.
  • Adding a Glucosamine-Chondroitin supplement, or fish oil to their diet can be beneficial in helping keep the joints a little more fluid. (Remember to consult with your aging-loved one's physician first.)
  • Encourage them to be patient and ride it out. The change in weather is only temporary and as soon as it passes, so will your loved one’s aches and pain.

In the meantime, encourage them to stay home where it’s warm and dry. Tell them not to sell the house and head for warmer climates just yet. Visiting warm, dry climates can be therapeutic for aches and pains. But while vacationing in desert states can do you a world of good, a permanent relocation there may not.

While you may experience fewer episodes of pain, studies have shown that once the body adjusts to a certain weather pattern—even a warm, pleasant one—a significant drop in temperature or a rise in humidity can still negatively impact pain, though perhaps not as bad.

And whatever physical benefits your loved one may achieve, they may suffer emotional or psychologically because they are away from family, friends and other things familiar to them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring in-home senior care in Lakewood CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060


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