Hi Pauline and everyone else, I am new to the forum having been recently diagnosed with PMR after going from doctor to doctor for the last 9 months. Obviously I haven’t got as much experience and knowledge as a lot of you here, but what I do have experience of is suffering with PMR (not arthritis to best of my knowledge) in different climates seeing as I live and work in Madrid (very dry atmosphere with climate that swings from hot to cold), spend summers on the Costa Blanca (hot humid atmosphere) and spend a great deal of time in Dublin, where my partner is based, and hometown of York. Luckily I love all 4 places!
My pains first started here in Madrid around May (difficulty standing up after being seated) so can’t really blame the damp for that (should also mention here that I have always walked a lot, or at least I used to!), got worse in York, just before the summer – very unsettled weather, (but also did a lot of walking), and then got rapidly worse (both hips frozen and painful) over the summer in the very hot and humid atmosphere of southern Alicante – so humidity could have played a role there (but also maybe walking, gardening etc.). I then got gradually worse to include shoulders during autumn in Madrid (pretty dry – but was also using my arms/shoulders to compensate for my legs at this stage). At the end of last month in Dublin (which included a trip to Leitrim where it was very rainy) it seemed to get worse, especially my shoulders, but that could also have something to do with the flight, all that hanging around, being shoehorned into a seat and trying to get stuff in and out of overhead lockers. So I’m afraid the only tentative conclusion I can draw is that maybe a combination of cold and dampness could make it feel worse, but I have also felt like it got worse in very different conditions.
Perhaps just being more relaxed helped you to feel better, or that combined with a warmer climate? I have a feeling that stress is a big factor in PMR and just about any autoimmune disease (I also have hashimoto’s thyroiditis), just as I think the feel-good factor that sunny days and relaxation bring might also play a big role… My summer was very enjoyable but it was not exactly relaxing, so that’s why I say relaxation rather than holidays.
Just my 5 cents – really hope you are feeling better soon! 0
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