There is a common belief within the rheumatoid arthritis patients that rheumatoid arthritis and cold weather coincide with each other. But before studying its relation one must be familiar with the definition of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic and auto immune type of disease, which has credential of attacking the body cells by its own immune system. The onset of rheumatoid arthritis is very difficult to sort out, as some symptoms are very mild and they do not hinder the regular activity of a person. The onset of R A may be seen in the fingers first and slowly in its progression to the other joints and parts of the body. In medical condition it is advised to have diagnosis of this disease, if these sorts of symptoms arise before going for some imaginary treatment. Early diagnosis may help in the slowness of the progression of this prevalent condition, and further by preventing or delaying some sorts of disability. The diagnosis of this disease includes some blood tests like Rheumatoid Factor (R F), Tumor Necrosis Factor (T N F) test, Total Blood Count, etc and some X-rays.
So question may arise by reading the entire definition, that what is the exact relation between rheumatoid arthritis and cold weather? Some scattered studies shows, with lower barometric pressure in combination with high density in water droplets present in atmosphere, that is with higher humidity level worsening R A symptoms to a certain degree. There is also some speculation about rheumatoid arthritis and cold weather, which is with growing cold rheumatoid factor increases. But scientists and researchers denied it outright, because of the lack of scientific evidence. Some theories like; swelling of joints can be escalated with rise in damp and rainy condition.
It is a well known fact that weak muscle and cartilage surrounding the joints can make symptoms worse in R A. Cold weather can cramp and make muscle stiff, in this way it may find some root for the proposition and linkage with the rheumatoid arthritis and cold weather. Weather can affect a person differently, depending upon the physical condition. There are some very well known myths surrounding the rheumatoid arthritis patients. Some of them are; one can experience heavy pain because of the lunar position, especially in the full moon night. Some may forecast rain noticing the swell and pain factor of the joints and many more like; some can experience worsening of pain due to storm or torrential rain. These are some widely circulated experience amongst the rheumatoid arthritis patients; it can diversely vary from person to person and culture to culture.
But it is quite evident that some patients are definitely influenced by the change in weather, though scientifically it is not been proved until now. The fact of the matter is, though any of the fact in not theoretically proven but some evidence prevails in few cases among the patients. Patients must adjust themselves with the changing weather and behave accordingly to co-up with the symptoms.