If we tend to blame the change of weather as a cause for our gout pain despite our faithful effort to stay away from uric acid producing purine foods, there is actually medical support for this.
The Greek “Father of medicine”, Hippocrates himself made that observation about weather changes having an influence in our body conditions. The feeling of aching all over during cold weather is the very meaning of the expression “feeling under the weather”.
Actually, it’s not so much about the weather but it’s actually the temperature and the pressure its applying on your gout. Once such sufferer’s experience includes having gout pain whenever the fan was at a stationary position and the flow is directed at his gout knee area. The length of time he stays immobile with a great deal of airflow directed at his gout prone joints will always result to gout pains.
Studies Conducted about the Effect of Weather on Gout Pain
In 1960, an arthritis specialist concluded that the simultaneous occurrence of humidity with low barometric pressure increase stiffness in arthritis as well as gout pain. Barometric pressure being the amount of air pressure around us lowers during stormy or cold weathers and has the tendency to increase the pain in our joints.
The study was conducted for two years by monitoring the conditions of arthritis sufferers in different parts of the country. Conditions of the arthritis sufferers were matched with the information as to the present local temperature in their areas as well as the barometric pressures.
Though not totally conclusive, the result of the study revealed that several arthritis sufferers did feel more aches and gout pains in stormy weathers or cold temperatures.
The idea of relocating to a warmer climate in order to avoid the frequency of arthritic and gout pains may have a positive effect but only for a short period of time. It is believed that the body will also acclimatize itself; hence what was actually an ideal temperature or climate before was ideal only if compared to the previous climate from where the person came from. As the body acclimatizes, what it recognizes as a lower temperature will change in accordance with what the body is being exposed to on a regular basis.
Treatments for Gout Pains Caused by Climate Changes
The over all conclusion of these tests are premised on the fact that the body temperatures are affected by weather changes. An erratic temperature provides a form of irritation to the nerves as crystallized uric acids react to the air pressure it gets from external sources. Hence, it is best to acclimatize the body to sudden drop or changes in temperature by adhering to the suggested treatments:
- Engage in exercises or any form of mobilizing activity to take the place of exercises, in case of foul weathers that brings colder temperatures to avoid gout pain.
- If on the contrary an individual experiences gout pains during warm and humid weathers, the gout patient is advised to take in plenty of water to help his or her body maintain a constant temperature. The sudden warmth or heat will cause some form of irritation to the nerves as body temperature changes according to the weather.
- Dehumidifier and air conditioners can help the body maintain regular body temperature to keep the body in a gout friendly condition.
- Drinking warm beverages like coffee is not at all harmful during cold weather since it will take longer to become dehydrated during in cold temperatures. The objective here is to keep your body in a regular temperature and not subject it to a sudden changes that may cause gout pain.
As in any form of treatment recommended, research and studies are provided only as guides. It is still your doctor’s diagnosis and the communication about your condition will provide the correct treatment for your gout pain.