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How do seasonal changes affect your AxSpA/AS?

Do changes in the weather or seasonal changes affect your AxSpA or AS? Are there particular seasons, types of weather situation, or climates that ease or exacerbate your symptoms?

  1. For me, any extreme weather can trigger worse symptoms or flare-ups. If it's too hot or too cold, I am in worse pain and discomfort. Living near the Great Lakes is both a blessing and a curse. While there are beautiful bodies of water to visit and admire, they also contribute to worsening humidity and cold. The weather largely impacts what kind of AS day I will be having.

    1. Hi, this is a good question! I have mixed feelings about the different seasons actually... I feel less pain in muscles and joints with the sunny seasons like Spring and Summer, however I have less energy for sure! And I have swollen legs and feet when it's hot. Autumn and Winter can be more difficult with the cold wet weather as it exacerbates the rheumatisms. But I feel more energised at that time of year, I don't need a nap like I do in hot weather. And if I recall when I had big flares, well I had two in Summer and two in Winter - the kind of flares when I was not able to walk properly for weeks after. So I can't conclude on a best season for my AxSpa to be honest. What is sure is now Summer is here, I am happy to see the sun but I feel sluggish and want to sleep more...maybe Winter is not that bad after all! 😉

      1. A few years ago we moved to a mountain town at 6000 ft and I really had a hard time. It was so difficult to manage my pain and fatigue. For 6-8 months it was cold, windy, and rainy, with snow and storms, and maybe 4 months of weather above 70 degrees. Needless to say, after 5 years we moved back to a more dry, arid, warm desert atmosphere and I feel 50-60% better. I need warmth to survive this disease.

        1. Yes cold and humid leads to more pain. Winter my flare are hips,si joints and back. The rest of the year the flares are all in arms, elbows, ankles, shoulders. I live in fl so weather, low pressures do hurt as well.

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