Ask The Doctors: 12/08

Most arthritis sufferers report that they feel better in a warm climate. Researchers have found that warm climates may modestly help relieve the symptoms of arthritis. What is more important, however, is that the climate be consistent. There should be no large or frequent changes in the climate. It is believed that wide swings in barometric pressure aggravate the symptoms of arthritis. When choosing a location, look for other reasons for moving rather than just a climate change. If you have family or friends in the area, this is a more compelling reason for a move than merely a warmer climate.
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