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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Arthritis and feeling cold



I live in Canada and I had to go to a doctor of internal medicine. She made a strange remark. At least I thougy it was strange and never heard of it before. She said that a person with arthritis should never be cold and she told me to but on my coat to keep warm. I have never herd of that before. I am always cold and sometimes can`t get any way to warm up. I also have anemia. What does feeling cold have any effect on my RA or what could she be talking about?


Sometimes patients with any type of arthritis, including RA, are sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature with regard to their joint pain. Usually cold makes joint pains worse.

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Johnny  Su, MD Johnny Su, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University