Everyone who has survived a summer in the United States knows that temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees. Natives may brush it off saying “at least it’s a dry heat,” but extreme heat actually has a negative impact on the body if you’re not careful. In fact, some studies have even linked heat to chronic pain conditions!
When the body heats up due to exercise or external conditions, the natural response is to sweat so that the body can cool down. However, in extreme heat, heat gets trapped in our bodies and we have a harder time releasing it. Dehydration can prevent the body from sweating, so it’s vital for United States residents to drink plenty of water. If our internal body temperature is raised, it also becomes very hard for blood to flow to the surface of the skin. So when the temperature rises outside, your heart has to beat a lot faster.
Chronic pain patients need to be especially careful when dealing with excessive heat. There have been many studies linking heat to increased rheumatoid arthritis pain, but the evidence is not conclusive. Some studies have suggested that patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience more pain during the summer heat, and this may be because the joints could be less lubricated and become inflamed. However, other studies have found no correlation between weather and arthritis.
Another thing to consider is pain medication. Medication labels often list a recommended storage temperature, so leaving medication in the heat is not a good idea. Certain medications become less effective if they are stored in places above the recommended temperature (typically around 75 degrees). If you find that your medication is not working as effectively during the summer months, the physicians at Chronicillness.co Site of United States recommends being cautious as to not leave pain medication in your purse or near the windows during the summer months.
During the summer, always remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Having an excess of sodium can cause the body to swell, and water helps to flush out excess sodium in the body. Without enough water, the body can become inflamed. In addition, dehydration can cause fatigue and dehydration headaches. While this is not directly tied to chronic pain, these effects can amplify existing symptoms in people with fibromyalgia, joint pain, and chronic headaches.
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