Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Friday, May 13, 2005

A change in the weather

After my rheumatologist confirmed that AS patients suffer more in spring and fall, I've been paying more attention to the seasonal aspects of my flares. I spent about a month, from mid-March to mid-April, with elevated pain and stiffness; I noted the onset here. And it turns out that I encountered something similar in September, though other factors were, as I mentioned then, involved.

Now for a more interesting data point: it hit 30°C here on Tuesday, but the temperature quickly plummeted after that: by yesterday morning it was hovering around -2°C. (It's 4°C as I write this.) Sharp pain started manifesting itself in the sacroiliac joint by Wednesday, and yesterday it had worsened, with the usual peripheral joints acting up. Which of course put me in such a good mood, which contributed to my snarling at people yesterday, which added to my stress, which . . . but I digress. I just thought it was noteworthy that a sharp change in temperature -- a cold front rolling in, fast -- might have such a profound and immediate impact on my AS. Subtler changes in the weather might have subtler effects that are harder to associate.

Anecdotal, of course, but something I'll try to keep track of.

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