Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Temperature Changes Affect Neuropathy Symptoms

Today's short post from (see link below) will confirm what many neuropathy patients suspect and that is that changes in the weather, especially sudden changes, can have a significant effect on their symptoms. It's pretty much a non-story really because everybody is affected by temperature changes to one extent or another but it's interesting to hear a doctor mention neuropathy (and other neurological conditions) as one of the diseases which is significantly affected by weather swings. Of course, winter weather flashes danger to all neuropathy sufferers, who have to become paranoid about balance and sensory issues in order to stay on their feet but every reader with nerve damage will be well aware of that! It also sounds pretty desperate but every media article that mentions neuropathy, helps with neuropathy awareness which despite the millions of sufferers, remains under the radar in medical exposure terms, so kudos to CBS!

Frigid Cold To Spring-Like: How Temperature Swings Affect Your Health
January 12, 2017 12:16 PM By Tim Jimenez

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Spring like temperatures in the region today which is a big swing from the frigid blast earlier this week. So, does the roller coaster on the thermometer mean you’re more likely to get sick?

Temperatures have gone from the deep freeze to April-esque and Dr. John Russell, Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, says people with certain health conditions can feel worse with the shift.

“So, I certainly think, when the temperature changes, people who have orthopedic conditions, neurologic conditions will often feel worse,” Russell said. “People with arthritis. People with neuropathy. Migraines can sometimes be triggered by changes in the weather.”

However, Russell emphasizes that a short-term temperature jump does not necessarily mean you’re more likely to catch a cold.

“I don’t think a 60 degree temperature this week is suddenly gonna impact people’s health,” he said.

Russell, however, said a more significant change, from fall to winter, brings more potential for health problems.

“There are much higher death rates in January, February, March than other months of the year. Heart disease is higher. We certainly have more infectious disease. It’s flu season right now so more people are sick. People who have asthma, COPD, can have more bronchospasm from cold air. Certainly I think there are more extremes overall in cold weather than (warm) weather health-wise.”

And since it is flu season, Dr. Russell thinks a spring-like day may actually do some good.

“Most of the hospitals in the Delaware Valley are filled with patients,” he said. “I think a lot of that is different viral infectious diseases, including flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), so right now there are a lot of people sick. So, maybe getting outdoors and getting away from each other may not be a bad thing.”

And no matter what the temperature is…

“People should be getting their flu shot,” Russell said. “And when people are sick, washing your hands is very, very, very important. Hand washing I think can keep us all healthy. A lot of viruses can live on surfaces. Touching a door knob, an elevator button and things like that can be a way to transmit illnesses. I think that’s the biggest risk for ourselves.” 

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