June 5, 2018

Not Everyday Is A Picnic With RA!

Early on when I was initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I not so graciously decided to will it away, no such luck.  My next attempt at accepting this diagnosis was to live it with style and flare.  I’ve worked real hard trying to maintain a positive attitude and I am usually successful.   At times I even surprise myself when the effects of rheumatoid arthritis have enhanced my standard of living.   Yet, after two hot and humid days, and a Monday filled with rain, and torrential downpours, my Pollyanna attitude eluded me.  

On this rainy day Monday I searched online for places I could relocate too that would be most conducive to living with this chronic condition.  There are many individuals that move to areas that are warm and dry, others move south or west. I searched for hours, not impressed with any one area, and moved on to read medical information regarding rheumatoid arthritis.  To my surprise I came upon an article examining best places to live with rheumatoid arthritis.  In a nutshell, many individuals that treat for RA, including myself are affected by low barometric pressure before a storm, causing uncomfortable pressure in ones joints.  The article went on to explain that living in a warm climate, individuals actually will experience greater discomfort when weather changes.   If you live in an area that experiences frequent barometric changes, such as the New England states, your inflammation is lesser than individuals living in states that have fewer barometric changes. Individuals that normally live in a dry or warm area are more affected by weather changes since they are not accustomed to changes.

So today was not such a good day, and I am not suffering in silence, I shared/vented my frustrations with this miserable condition.  Self-care was my number one priority today, and I am feeling my Pollyanna attitude returning.  I’m refreshed, with renewed energy and ready to take on any new experiences, maybe even predicting weather in a circus side-show!  Have a great week and hopefully the weather will moderate!  


  1. JACKIE SENICH says:

    Sorry you’re suffering Mary Ann! Our weather is torture!! Our dramatic changes aren’t fun and worse for you! Hang in there and keep up the good mental attitude!


  2. Valerie Fuchs says:

    Sorry to hear you feeling crappy…the weather hasn’t helped !!