Easing the Ache of Winters Chill

Cold, stormy weather may increase the painful symptoms of arthritis, but these simple steps will help winterize your joints.

Winter ends on March 20 this year, but it may be several more weeks before temperatures begin to rise in the northern hemisphere. If your joints have been aching for the warmth of summer, youre not alone. According to a study published in the journal Pain (May 1995), two-thirds of patients suffering from chronic pain were convinced that their symptoms increased with cold, damp conditions. The study also found that local climate did not affect these results. For instance, those living in San Diego and Boston seemed to be influenced by weather changes the same way. But, does this mean that aching joints can predict a change in the weather?
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