Now that Fall has arrived I sit and wonder what the cooler weather will bring to my adventure with Ankylosing Spondylitis. I’m not sure how I exactly blocked out last year’s colder season, but realize it is here to stay, at least for a few months. When it comes to a person with AS I have learned that it all depends on the individual patient on weather preference. Some love the warmth of the Summer, some the brisk chill of the Winter months and some of us just want a split of the two. You know, the “perfect” weather.
As I bundle up and head to the bus stop for school with my kids I’m already hoping for the warmer days. I then think I must have forgotten those days where the heat left me almost immobile. Those days just recently slowed down since September just left us. With AS I look for every opportunity for pain relief and would often head to the pool to cool off in hopes that maybe the pain would be a little less. I would then get out of the pool and that Georgia sun is once again scorching down on me and instantly swells my body all over again. Air conditioning is definitely a best friend of mine in the Summer time. I was always a sun bunny in the past but, unfortunately, I have had to learn my limits now.
The cold nights keep me snuggled up looking for any form of relief from the stiffening of my joints. When Winter comes, for me, it is pretty impossible. The winds can be brutal here in the Winter which makes our cold weather slap me around a bit. I never know if it will effect my hands, feet or back that particular day but unfortunately I wake up knowing something is going to be sore daily in those few months. I have accepted Mother Nature’s cruel weather tricks, but really wish there was something more than a heating pad and meds I could use to find some relief during the frigid weather.
70 and Sunny
For me, there is NOTHING like a Fall day. Not to hot, not to cold, just perfect. The sun shining yet not with radiating an uncomfortable heat or cold. A stroll around my neighborhood with the cool wind blowing gently through my hair. The air massaging my skin as to say, Mother Nature is not a complete witch, she does want you to enjoy some type of weather. I seem to feel more energized and just happier all around. I guess it comes back to when you feel well physically, the emotional drain picks itself back up to help you push on.
Share With Me
AS’ers – Which do you prefer hot or cold? What helps you through those uncomfortable weather days?
Support System – Can you notice a change in your AS loved one when the weather changes, either physically or emotionally?