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Aching joints can predict cold weather, health official says

By Crystal Price
El PASO, Texas Sixty-five-year old Linda Beasley of El Paso likes to exercise to relieve the pain in her joints.

"I had a hip replacement in 2003," Beasley said.

But there is an upside to the aches in her knees.

"I guess you could say I could be a weather predictor," Beasley said. "I can always tell when it's going to get cold."

For the last 10 years, Beasley said a throbbing pain in her joints often signals something is up with the weather.

"I can feel it in my hands, the joints of my knees and my arms," Beasley said.

KFOX 14 asked family practitioner Dr. Andres Enriquez whether or not aching joints can predict the weather.

"Not to the extent that (KFOX Meteorologist) Sandra Diaz can," said Enriquez.

But he said there is something in their bones that can forecast the weather.

"The fluid that's inside their joints sometimes thickens due to the barometric pressure so they can pretty much predict when there is a cold front coming," Enriquez said. Enriquez said patients with arthritis are more likely to feel stiffness in their knees, hips and shoulders up to two days before a cold front.

Since it rarely gets cold or rains in El Paso, Beasley said the aches don't come that often.

But when they do, however, she knows what that means.

Its time for me to put the jacket and the umbrella in the car," Beasley said.

Doctors said eating right and getting plenty of exercise are two of the key things a person can do to prevent pain brought on by the cold weather.



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