Is the Summer Heat affecting your Arthritis?

July 22, 2015

hammer toeFor those of us living above the equator, summer is finally here and the heat & humidity seems to be getting worse. Weather experts predict that 2015 could be the hottest year on record with heat waves are already creating havoc in places like Europe & Asia. For those suffering from arthritis or chronic joint pain, the summer weather can be unbearable. Our joints contain sensory nerves that continuously respond to the changing weather. Temperature and humidity can alter the level of fluid that fills your joints resulting in inflammation and pain and it can also affect the stiffness or laxity in your tendons, muscles and ligaments.

Here are some tips on how to deal with the heat:

  • Stay Indoors: Preferably in an air conditioned environment as that will regulate both temperature and humidity. Too much time outside can cause the amount inflammation in your joints to sky-rocket making anti-inflammatory medication less effective.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink lots of water and fluids, such as Gatorade, to maintain your fluid and electrolyte levels. Caffeine drinks, alcohol and high sugar drinks can make you dehydrated, so steer clear of those. To keep your movement fluid drink lots of fluid! Hydration is KEY!
  • Wear loose, natural fiber clothing: Wearing loose, cotton clothes and linen fabrics that allow your body to breathe helps to evaporate sweat which keeps your body cool.
  • Take a Swim: Taking a dip in a pool is not only great for cooling off but thehammer toe surgery buoyancy of the water also relieves the pressure on your joints. Water activities are refreshing and help you stay active when the extreme heat is too much for outdoor exercise. Remember, swimming is a low impact cardio exercise that is great for people suffering from Arthritis or joint pain.

Heat & Humidity can be a nuisance, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying the summer season!

We would love to hear from you! How do you keep your arthritis symptoms at bay and stay cool in the summer? Any advice for others?


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5 responses to “Is the Summer Heat affecting your Arthritis?”

  1. Janet says:

    Used to love hot weather but now less mobile in humid conditions. Instesd of Summer holiday was windering if 2-3 weeks in cyprus ir alicante area would be good way to avoid wet winters in uk. Any ideas where i coukd go. I love sea bathing and see Cyorus sea temp is c17 degrees in Feb.

    Any ideas welcome.

    Many thanks

  2. Melanie Tinman says:

    It was so hot here this summer in the UK and I moved south to the Isle of Wight to be warmer well I was laid out all summer my body couldn’t cope with the heat at all and my joints were awful I am actually moving to Scotland soon to be near family and I seem to be better in colder weather. Not something I ever thought I would say.

  3. Udara says:

    I had an open bankart repair surgery on my right shoulder almost a year ago. But, since recent, I’m feeling pain. I wonder weather this has anything to do with the increased summer temperatures in Sri Lanka. Current outdoor temperature is around 32 C (89.6 F) with a high relative humidity level.

  4. C. Reams says:

    I have severe osteoarthritis. I can’t take the heat, humidity, cold or barometric pressure. I do better in just cool dry weather. The heat & humidity flare me up the most. I live in the southwest. Tornado ally. The weather is getting warmer, humidity, & we have been having severe thunderstorms. I noticed last year with the humidity causing the heat index to be 115° it was unbearable. What’s hard is getting family to understand the pain I’m in. I do not take opiods anymore. I quit them & trying natural remedies & diet. I’m hoping they will work. I have always been very active & was shocked when I found out. My Dr. said hereditary. So frustrating.

    • Carla Jasinski says:

      C Reams: you are telling my story. If/ when you figure out the solution or where to live, please let me know.

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