tips for dealing arthritis in cold weather

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I am wondering does anyone have any tips for dealing with arthritis in cold weather?  I am having trouble with joint pain and stiffness in my right knee in this cold weather even though I wear many layers.  I have an outdoor job which is getting a bit challenging now that winter is settling in.

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    I suggest wearing a good quality knee brace e.g. Vulcan- one with a knee hole.  This will give support and warmth.  I wore one (eventually 2) for 5 years before my half knee replacement and couldn't bear to be without it. Even went to bed wearing it one night by mistake!!!In reverse they can get rather hot & sweaty in summer but are washable. They come in different sizes and if borderline  opt for the larger one as they can be too tight and difficult to get on.

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    P.S. to my comment on knee braces . If you have ones with a knee hole insert your fingers in it when pulling them on. This will extend the lifespan of the stictching which can otherwise split open but I am talking about after ayear or so. You might try asking for them on NHS.
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    Hi Elizabeth!

    I find that standing and sitting are the hardest. Keeping moving helps a lot. My replaced knees get cold in air conditioning, too, so I put an afghan over them when I'm a passenger in the car or my coat on them in the theatre.

    How about the silk long underwear? That helps me as I shovel the driveway!????

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      What about woolly long johns, lots of outside workers used to wear them. I bet you can still buy them from army or camping stores. Silk inner gloves are supposed to help too. smile

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