Our average temperature in Fort Smith for January 3rd is 50 degrees. Our forecast today is for a high of 32 with snow. This is a weather pattern that started in late November and continued to dominate December. Cold temperatures constrict blood flow, which may contribute to the fatigue of muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. Just what we need, more contributing factors for fatigue.
While doing a little research in writing this post I ran across this from accessmylibrary.com. I thought you might find this excerpt amusing. "Several studies over the past 20 years have found no correlation between arthritis pain and weather conditions." Oh really? They obviously forgot to include anyone that has RA or OA. This would be funny if it weren't for the fact that outsiders (non arthritic people) who read this will believe it.
At least the Weather Channel understands ... sort of. "Weather factors that may impact arthritis pain include dramatic changes in barometric pressure and humidity. Cold weather can increase stiffness in muscles and joints."
Here is my, purely unscientific, data on RA and cold/rainy weather. My hands, right hip and knees are usually the first to be affected by the cold, rain or severe weather. It is harder for me to hang onto things (I am more prone to drop things when its cold or rainy), I get around much slower and am not as flexible. The floor feels like it is 10 feet away when I drop something and have to pick it up. It is absolute agony putting socks and shoes on.
Looking back, I can remember aunts, uncles and grandparents that talked about how their bones ached and how they could tell the weather was changing. I believed them, but I never really understood it back then. It's bad for you and I today, but think about 30 or 40 years ago, they didn't have much to take for the pain but aspirin.