I get a lot of questions about arthritis. There are many different kinds, but the most common kind gives a bit of a break to the sufferer in warm weather. However, not all kinds of arthritis will respond well to warm weather. A common question that I get is : Isn’t arthritis suppose to stop in warm weather? Well, some types do but if you DON’T get a break when the weather is warm, then it can be a cause for greater concern. What kinds of arthritis still bother the body in warm weather?
The most common arthritis that I see, osteo-arthritis, usually gives the sufferer a break in the warmer summer weather. But if the arthritis doesn’t change much in the warmer weather, it can mean it’s one of the other kinds of arthritis, the ones that mean there is a big immune system dysfunction. The other kinds of arthritis that often don’t change their pain levels in warm weather are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. These types of arthritis are dangerous to let sit untreated, they can cause permanent and debilitating joint damage if left untreated.
Arthritis damages the joints. It can happen in any joint, whether it’s the back, neck, knee, hands, or feet. (Or any where, really!) But when joints get damaged, they not only give pain, they also begin to deform or wear out, and that can be irreversible.
Acupuncture can be used to control the pain with all kinds of arthritis, and it can help regulate the immune system. If you are concerned about persistent pain, please schedule an appointment with me or your doctor to talk about what it could be. Often, my patients are scared to even get a diagnosis – remember- it’s your body and you can always refuse care suggestions. If you’re scared that your doctor will suggest surgery, just know that you can always choose not to get that surgery. It’s your body and you’re in control of what happens to it. You always have the right to get a second opinion, or to refuse care. So don’t let that fear stop you from at least getting a proper diagnoses. Sometimes there are things that you can do for yourself to limit the damage or the pain. But you can’t know for sure without a proper diagnoses.
If you have joint pain that doesn’t go away, please have it looked at. Your body is worth taking care of. It’s the only one you’ve got in this lifetime!
What do you think? Are you scared of hearing what the doctor has to say? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
See you next week, and until then…
To your health!
-Dorothy Pang, L.Ac.