The association between external weather conditions and pain and stiffness in women with rheumatoid arthritis.
D Drane, G Berry, D Bieri, AC McFarlane, P Brooks
J Rheumatol | Published : 1997
OBJECTIVE: To determine the self-reported prevalence of weather sensitivity in a sample of female patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to determine if there is objective evidence of associations between weather and pain and stiffness in female patients with RA. METHODS: Fifty-three female patients residing in the Sydney metropolitan area participated in a study on the psychological determinants of disability from 1985 to 1987. During the study, subjects recorded pain on a visual analog scale and duration of morning stiffness for 14 day periods at 3-4 monthly intervals over 1-3 years (X = 15.7 months). After completion of the study, data on weather conditions were collected from the B..View full abstract