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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Arthritis and feeling cold

07/02/2007

Question:

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?

Answer:

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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Response by:

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