This may sound daft, but my ra first developed at the end of 1976 which the more ancient among us may remember as having a heatwave that lasted most of the summer. I have always joked that my joints must have melted in the heat.
At the time I was teaching in a science lab - sun beating in the large windows, bunsen burners pumping out extra heat. Teachers among you will know there is barely enough time in a school day to draw breath, never mind take time to get drinks. In those days there was little thought given to the importance of hydration, and I know I did not drink nearly enough. I must have been on the verge of heat exhaustion for weeks, feeling ill and exhausted - all I could do when I got home was to lie in a bath filled with cool water. It took me until about November to cool down.
One thing that invariably makes my symptoms worse is hot humid weather. I find it very hard to cope, but it is certainly true that keeping well hydrated helps.
Has anyone else experienced any connection?
When I read about possible causes for RA, I don't tick any of the boxes for known risk factors. Is there any research out there into ra and dehydration?
Or maybe it's only me that feels my joints melted in the heat!!😉