Winter Pain

By | December 16, 2011

The cause of the increase in chronic pain complaints during winter months may be similar to the etiology of seasonal affective disorder.

There is no doubt that my patients have more pain in the winter than in the spring and summer, but the reasons for this phenomenon are not clear. Arthritis patients will complain of increased joint pain and stiffness due to cold damp weather, but with other chronic pain patients the relationship of pain to temperature and humidity is less clear. It may be that the increased pain is related to changes in the amount of sunlight and changes in the limbic system as seen in seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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