Skip to main content

Pain in ankylosing spondylitis- the impact of the weather

Buy Article:

$55.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

The majority of patients suffering from rheumatic diseases relate their symptoms to the weather. So far, patients with ankylosing spondylitis have not been evaluted with respect to weather-sensitivity. In the present study the impact of weather conditions on pain was investigated in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. A group of 158 patients (125 male, 33 female, aged 53 +/- 5 yrs) suffering from ankylosing spondylitis for 22 +/- 8 yrs, who presented for a spa treatment at the Gasteiner Heilstollen, were interviewed by the examining physician about their individual experiences as to the influence of certain weather conditions on pain intensity: which weather conditions are the worst? Seventy-three percent of the patients claimed that their symptoms are influenced by the weather. Forty-one patients suffer most before a change to cold and humid (25 pat.) or to humid weather (16 pat.). Forty patients feel the worst pain during cold and humid (26 pat.) or during humid (14 pat.) weather. All changes of the weather (changes to both warm as well as cold) cause a deterioration in 23 patients. Eleven patients have most severe pain before (6 pat.) or during (5 pat.) cold weather. One patient claimed warm and dry weather aggravate his symptoms. The data show that in ankylosing spondylitis the share of weather-sensitive patients is similar to other rheumatic diseases. The results confirm the clinical impact of the issue.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS; WEATHER

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 1998

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more