Do your symptoms get worse in the winter?


After twenty years with ASAP I’ve notice that more people seem to be diagnsosed in the winter. People also seem to have more symptoms in the winter. Not sure if it is because of being less active, the cold weather, etc. Have you noticed this in your life?

3 thoughts on “Do your symptoms get worse in the winter?

  1. Pat, Before my diagnosis I became aware how bad my unkown symptom’s were during my son’s hockey season.(Where I spent all fall & winter in Ice rinks.) In the summer he went to hockey camp in BC,Canada, where it was very hot. I only went to the rink for end of camp playoffs but boy did my symptoms increase a few hours in a ice rink!

  2. Hello Patricia,

    I have noticed that my symptoms greatly increase in the winter. My quality of life becomes a 3 or 4, and I feel so bad I wonder how I am going to be able to take it for the rest of my life. I was diagnosed in 11/08 or 6/09, can’t remember now! Up until this year, I had symptoms all year round, summer was a 6 for quality of life. I was diagnosed early this year with undifferentiated connective tissue disease, and the treatment I am on for that has brought my pain levels in the summer down considerably. I’ve been able to get out of my house and do some gardening. Just yesterday, however, my pain has struck again with a vengeance.

    Do you think that it changes only because of the cooler temperatures, or maybe also because of the changes in barometric pressure? It is only September 18th, and the thought of making it through another winter is daunting. Do you think it would help if I were to relocate to San Diego? The lower altitude, the mellow unchanging temperature? I live in Colorado, and it is hard to take. I am a single mom, and it would be hard, but do you think that a change in location may help make my quality of life any better?

  3. I know some who have moved to better climates and found it helped. That is not feasible for most.

    I have heard the baromatic pressure affects symptoms. Many will start to feel the effects of approaching storms before the weather man makes his/her forecast.

    It seems that many are diagnosed with multiple disorders and I am sure there are a lot of people who have multiple conditions that are not diagnosed. I’m glad the treatment has helped with your quality of life. Sometimes when we feel good we tend to overdo (just trying to catch up) which does cause problems. It is important to stay active so trying to do little things as often as possible with needed rest periods.