Weather related?

United States
January 8, 2008 10:32am CST
As most of mylot friends know, I had major back surgery in June of 2006. Doctor's said I might never walk again. Praise God they were wrong, but I still have some pretty severe back pain at times, along with swelling in my legs and feet (due to limited circulation and spinal compression that could not be relieved) as well as numbness down the left side of my body.(also caused from compression) The problems I am having is that when a weather front comes through, my back pain gets significantly worse. I really noticed it last night, as we were preparing for heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. It was a bit better this morning after the edge of the front has passed by, but it still hurts like the dickens. Does anyone else have that problem, with arthritis or some other ailment? What do you do for it?
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@GardenGerty (102457)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I take B6, and use heat, a heated matress pad is wonderful. I use capsaicin based creams, also. Some people have good luck taking cayenne supplements. Tumeric and ginger are supposed to help as well. Something about the changing barometric pressure makes the pain more intense.
@AmbiePam (50049)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I use Capzasin in roll on form because I used to wash my hands, not get it all off, and then rub my eyes. I'd end up pouring glasses of water in my eye, over and over, lol.
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• United States
9 Jan 08
I've noticed if it's a high pressure, that the pain is even worse than if the front is caused from a low pressure development. I was hurting so bad last night, that it was hard to even walk without crying. Lauren had a ball game and it was all I could do to watch her play. It seems to be a little better this moring, but still hurting some. i think I'm probably going to have to give in and take another pain pill....
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I'm afraid I don't have any tips or help for you on this but I can certainly relate to 'the weather' we had horrible thunderstorms here last night, for hours and hours, and it's still raining this morning. This after over a foot of snow just a few days ago. I will certainly keep you in my prayers though and if I hear of any tips I'll pass them on. Oh you know what I just thought of - my ex-mother-in-law suffered from arthritis and had to give up crochetting because of it. A month or so ago my ex found some parifin (wax) in some boxes of his mothers (she passed away many years ago but he's never gone through all of her stuff). Well, he said she used it, the wax, for her hands - she warmed it up and would 'soak' her hands in it and it helped with the pain. I have no idea how long or anything but it may be something to check into.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
8 Jan 08
Hi Faith, that is interesting parifin to soak the hands. It's probably the warmth of it that helps. Never heard of it, but worth looking into.
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• Philippines
9 Jan 08
hi faith your weather is so badly cold i thinkg if i will go ther i will die..
• United States
9 Jan 08
That sounds like a great idea. I will definately look into it. Thanks for the advice. Did you survive the thunderstorms? There were two tornadoes sited about 4 miles from my house...my daughter slept through the whole thing. She had a migraine and had taken an Imitrex and gone back to bed. When she woke up, she called me and said what happened? I had 36 missed calls and like 50 text messages!
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• Philippines
8 Jan 08
For me when I get those stiff feet during the morning after a cold windy night. I dip my feet in lukewarm water just to soften the muscles up. If it doesn't go away, I drink a dose of painkiller and its all gone. Hard to walk down the road with a stiff foot. You'd never know if you're gonna fall down coz your wobbling all over the place.
@AmbiePam (50049)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I believe you have arthritis. A lot of people might recommend Tylenol Arthritis. However, I have arthritis in my spine, and it doesn't do jack for me. The weather always makes it act up and hurt worse. I recommend a chiropractor if you can afford it. The first one I tried was a quack, but the second was a miracle worker. He was a Christian and God was using him. He helped me get rid of the cane, and he is now helping my mother.
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• United States
9 Jan 08
I wonder if I can use one with my spinal issues? There is one of the young men that will graduate high school with my daughter in May who's dad is supposed to be one of the best in this area of the state.
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@AmbiePam (50049)
• United States
9 Jan 08
It wouldn't hurt to ask. After having been to the one who worked, I just can't say enough about at least trying to find one who works for you. And it sounds like you wouldn't have to look too far. : )
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• United States
13 Jan 08
I'm sure that with all that they had to do with my back from the spinal surgery, that I do have some arthritis...at least in my back. I know that the pain in my legs and feet is from the compression in my spine. 'm going to talk to Dr. Grinder and see if he thinks I'm a candidate.
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@michelyn (717)
• United States
29 Jan 08
I had a spinal fusion done in November of 2007 and I can tell you that it is a common problem. It's in the 50's here in Florida today and my back is raging. At this moment, I am sitting on a heating pad after taking 2 Ibuprofens. Of course, all this is after taking my morning regimen of pain medication. On days like today, all you can really do is try to find a position that's the most comfortable and try to stay in it for the day. Limit movement as much as possible, take either Ibuprofen or pain medication and apply heat as needed. I also had a fusion in my neck in 2002 and when it gets cold, it aches and bothers me. My mother-in-law had a spinal fusion in the same place as mine, but she had hers like 10 years ago and she still experiences pain when the temperature drops or it rains. She has a morphine pump implanted in her stomach because she almost severed her sciatic nerve and it was horribly painful. Even with the pump, she has to take Darvocet orally when it comes to the weather. I'm sorry that you are in so much pain. I really do know how it feels. I'm not 100% recuperated from mine yet.
• United States
19 Jun 09
Where was your rupture? Mine was at T-5, T-6 and T-7. The worse between 6 & 7. My step dad is in the hospital and it's been horrible this week trying to walk on those concrete hospital floors for hours at a time. I'm already reclining on the bed with the laptop and it's barely 8:30.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I know how you feel. I was born with dislocated hip. Had broken bones and such. everytime the weather changes I feel it. I start limping cause it hurts my hip. everything aches. Usually all I do is soak in a hot bath or use a heating pad. Sometimes 800mg of Ibuprofin helps but still.
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• United States
9 Jan 08
I have a large garden tub in my room and there are many days that I have to fill it after working all day. I try to make sure that I get up and walk around quite a bit, but still sitting in one spot for any length of time, sometimes just flat hurts. I hate not being able to do anything in the evenings, but I just can't function.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I believe that weather can play a part in the pain that is felt. Though I haven't had any surgeries. I have felt the pressure when the weather is changing. Sometimes ibuprophen helps, rubbing on some menthol cream such as hot & icy or something to that nature. Don't usually take it completely away but it does ease it up some.
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• United States
9 Jan 08
I shoulk really look into purchasing stock in Ibuprofin and Icy Hot. I have used so much of both of these products over the past 18 months! Mike was massaging icy hot onto my back the other night, and before he realized what she was going to do...Baby licked his hand. I wish you could have seen this dog, sneezing and wiping her tongue on the carpet and everything else trying to get the taste off.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
8 Jan 08
I do not have arthritis or rather not that serious, mainly in my hands and inner knees and exercise and moving about makes me feel better - it is mostly stiffness. I do, however, have seasonal affected disorder, and when it is clouded over, whitened over in winter --no blue sky showing, or if it is overcast, I get very tired and even if I move around, my eyelids start to fall. I know that I cannot sit still for that long (hard to make money on myLot that way) and I have to do everything to be active.
• United States
9 Jan 08
I know what you mean about getting still and quiet. Especially when it's rainy and cold and damp outside and warm on the inside. I find it really hard to stay awake. Even at work with no windows, if it's raining and thundering outside, the drum the drops on the roof just make me sleepy.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I know where I've had my sprains, breaks & other deep injuries, it hurts when its cold and sometimes during bad weather. I have been fortunate that I've never had anything as serious as your problems, but the whiplash in my neck hurts a lot of the time and cold just makes it hurt more.
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• United States
9 Jan 08
I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices that cold makes it hurt worse. I thought I was going crazy last winter, because it just felt bone chilling cold to me when no one else was even noticing the weather. Last night, when we came in from Lauren's game, the heater wasn't on in the house. I was shaking so hard that my teeth were chattering.