Falling Into Pain

Cold weather is sweeping across Texoma and those who suffer from arthritis are starting to feel the pain.

Rheumatologist Dianne Cooper is seeing and treating a lot more patients, even walk-ins. She said it is a typical pattern when the weather changes.

Health experts say there are about 110 different kinds of arthritis. Dr. Cooper said her patients range from two years of age, to people in their late 90's.

With the recent roller coaster temperatures patients start to feel pain at different times. Some will experience the pain before, during, or after the climate changes.

"For really severe patients they are going to come in and have an injection of a steroid, which is a very potent anti-inflammatory medicine." Dr. Cooper added, "If they are not so terrible we can give them something similar in pill form."

No matter the age, inflammation of the joints can occur and can lead to more damage. Health experts encourage a strong and healthy lifestyle.

Health experts say puffing of your hands and knees, or any type of swelling to the joints can all be signs of arthritis. You might want to contact or see your doctor if you see those signs.

If you are experiencing any type of pain in your joints, taking warm showers or using heating pads can all make the joints feel better and move more fluidly.

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6