Aches during cold or cool, damp weather can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose aches during cold or cool, damp weather, we could:
|Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis||97%||Confirm|
|Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia||0%||Ruled out|
Does cold or cool, damp weather cause increased muscle, joint, or bone aches or pains?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Yes, slight achiness, not a problem
→ Yes, very noticeable increased pain
→ Yes, severe, debilitating, intolerable pain
Cold, damp weather can worsen the pain at fibromyalgia tender points. Fibromyalgia produces a shortening and tightening of muscle fibers; cold weather also contracts muscles, making symptoms worse.
Cold, damp weather is well known for aggravating aching bones. Rheumatoid arthritis can flare up during winter months; what might be a dull ache during the summer can become a shooting pain during the winter.