The Best Places to Live With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Best Climate for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common form of arthritis. Millions of people live with rheumatoid arthritis. They also strive to find a treatment that will work to help keep the inflammation down and keep their joints comfortable. It is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack itself. This attack takes place on the joints and can cause a lot of pain. There are treatments for RA, as well as recommendations to help with the symptoms. One recommendation may be to choose where you live carefully because the climate you live in could make your symptoms worse.
When it comes to your health, you may think that you are willing to do anything to help yourself heal and feel better. Some people have certainly felt that way when it comes to their rheumatoid arthritis, and have even moved across the country to help themselves feel better and live more comfortable lives 2.
Because rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints, weather can definitely have an effect on these parts of the body 1. There have been complaints from patients to their doctors that they feel their joints ache more when the cold sets in, as well as when the barometric pressure climbs. Barometric pressure measures the moisture in the atmosphere, and if the barometric pressure is high, which means rain or other condensation, this can cause stiffness and aching in the joints. It has been found that when one side of the body--such as one wrist--aches due to rheumatoid arthritis, the other side of the body--the other wrist--will start to ache as well. This can cause double the pain and discomfort.
Because the climate can affect how you feel, there are doctors who recommend to their patients that they move. For instance, someone in Washington state may have more trouble with their rheumatoid arthritis due to the cold, rainy weather Washington tends to get 2. This is also true of places like Michigan, Illinois, New York and New Jersey. These states can cause you to have stiffer, more painful joints due to their cold winters, along with the higher barometric pressure that brings rain and snow.
If rheumatoid arthritis is a problem for you and you are living in a cold, wet climate, you may want to consider moving to a drier, warmer climate 12. Drier, warmer climates such as Arizona, southern Nevada, southern Utah, California, Texas and parts of New Mexico may be good choices. Some people think that Florida may be a good state to live in because it is warm. But you may still have trouble with your rheumatoid arthritis due the rain that Florida can get, which brings higher barometric pressure 2. However, because everyone is different, you may get some relief just being in a warmer climate.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with medications, but typically medications cannot relieve all symptoms brought on by outside influences, such as climate and weather 12. This is why if you live in a cold or rainy atmosphere, even on medications you may want to consider moving to where it is drier and warmer.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
- Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images