When the temperature drops, your pain symptoms can increase. Most experts believe this is related to barometric pressure, which can affect pressure inside your joints. In addition to visiting your doctor for a changing-weather treatment plan, here are some things you can try at home to help ease your discomfort on cold days.
- Remain active. Even when you feel like hiding under the covers on a chilly day, a little movement is better for your pain. If it's too cold outside, walk on a treadmill, take a gentle yoga class, or use some light weights. Inactivity can actually make some pain worse, so keep moving!
- Take a warm bath or swim in a heated pool. The water therapy will likely provide relief to some of your aches and pains. At the very least, it will warm you up, which will make you feel better.
- Dress appropriately. When heading outdoors, be sure to wear warm socks, boots, gloves, and a hat to protect your extremities from the elements. Your hands, feet, and head tend to get cold first, so keep these items within reach and warm up your car before you go.
- Apply Milkweed Balm twice daily. Massage Milkweed Balm into your painful joints in the morning and before bed. The natural ingredients will help to soothe your pain during cold winter days. Prescription pain relievers can have several side effects, so Milkweed Balm is a safer way to manage your discomfort.
- Stay hydrated. When it's cold outside, we sometimes forget to drink enough. We look to hot beverages for comfort. In addition to tea, coffee, and hot chocolate which can feel good going down, be sure you are drinking enough water. Mild dehydration can make you more sensitive to pain, so keep a water bottle handy.
Whether you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, or any other type of chronic pain, you know the cold weather can exacerbate symptoms. Plan ahead for colder days so you can get ahead of the pain. Check with your doctor for additional recommendations specific to your condition.