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Not all joint pain is created equal. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease characterized by inflammation caused by the immune system attacking specific tissues leading to potentially excruciating joint pain in many joints in the body.
For sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis (frequently called RA), symptoms often flare up in cold, damp winter weather, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Along with having less time outside due to the shorter daylight hours, the colder weather often convinces people to do fewer outdoor activities and pushes any exercise indoors. Also, many experience depressive symptoms in the wintertime, which can lead to less desire to take care of yourself and your symptoms; depression also is frequently associated with a decreased tolerance to pain. This can increase the joint pain of RA regardless of any actual changes in the joints themselves.
Fortunately, there are several things that can help to counteract this seasonal increase in pain and symptoms. Read through the following tips and focus on those that sound like they may fit into a healthy lifestyle for you.
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