Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Winters on its way, Arthritis will make me pay

Over the last month or so, the weather has really dropped of and always seems to be chilly. Already my arthritis seems to be badly affected by this weather more than it has ever before, I literally do feel the cold in bones, I often say its like having tooth ache but in my bones instead of my teeth.

Aches, pains and stiffness are just some of the ailments that the winter chill brings in with it.  Put all that alongside wet and slippery pathways and icy paths you can understand why this season doesn't fill me with cheer. A large supply of grit will be ordered to hopefully allow me out of the house in the ice, although it does annoy me having to buy it to grit a public walkway as the local council are unreliable.

My heating bills are astronomical, in my vain attempt to ease the arthritis I like to keep the house as warm as possible, even though it doesn't make a huge difference, it makes me feel happy locking myself away inside a warm house. I must seem like a right grump when I keep barking at people for leaving doors open around the house.

At this time of the year many people are busy planning for the festive period that is approaching, not me though. I'm looking forward to spring, this will hopefully signal my arthritis to ease up slightly and hopefully lessen this horrible nagging ache I have.

Would love to hear off anyone who has any tips on keep their arthritis in check during the colder weather.


Wren said...

Aw, I wish I had some sure-fire remedies for the cold weather aches and pains, Grumpy--and as a fellow RA cope-er, I don't mean "aches and pains" lightly. Changes in barometric pressure and dropping temperatures wreak havoc in my joints, too. I've found that keeping an electric heating pad--and an electric, heated throw--handy is helpful. The heat doesn't make the pain go away, but it does feel good, and it's deeply soothing.

Best of luck to you as the season deepens toward solstice. Once that arrives, you can note the growing light each day and anticipate the spring with assurance. Stay warm and--nicknames notwithstanding--keep grinning.

Ed Blount said...

I have had ankylosing spondylitus since I was 12. I finally got diagnosed six years later along with my father (after six years of being called a liar). I was fortunate enough to work in the oil industry and able to work in hot countries. However aged 45 I had to return to the UK as both my parents were not well. Two years later I now live in the South of Spain, There is no way I can cope with the UK winters anymore :(