Joint related pain is hard to deal with no matter what it is caused by, but learning more about potential pain triggers can help.
Joint pain affects millions of Americans, and while it’s usually caused by arthritis there are also numerous other issues that may exist including injuries, illnesses, and much more. And no matter the underlying cause for it, there will usually be several potential ‘triggers’ that can cause significant pain flare ups to occur. When you suffer from pain within your joints, knowing more about these potential triggers can help you avoid them and therefore avoid the worst of the pain.
One of the single biggest triggers for pain in the joints is actually food, and it surprises many people to learn that what they eat has a direct impact on their level of pain. Things like fats, sodium, sugar, and acids can all cause major pain to occur and trigger swelling as well. In the cause of pain caused by gout, the problems can be even more closely linked to food. Avoiding these three things is important for reducing flare ups of joint pain.
Fatigue creates a kind of vicious circle in that fatigue can cause undue stress on the joints which will trigger pain, but then that pain can also lead to fatigue. Additionally, depression can also lead to more severe joint issues. Both of these issues will create a cycle that can be extremely hard to break out of and contribute to more pain.
There’s also a very significant link between the weather and pain in the joints. Changes in barometric pressure can cause major flare ups to occur, as can very cold weather or rain. It sounds like an ‘old wife’s tale’, but there is science linking weather changes to pain in the joints and as a result you shouldn’t be surprised if it occurs to you.
Finally, arthritis sufferers will already know that the mornings bring the worst of their pain. Waking up triggers joint problems all on its own, and the severity of the pain will vary depending on the type of arthritis and the severity of it.
These are just some of the main triggers of increased pain in the joints. Each one will affect different people and different conditions in its own way, and your specific joint condition may come with its own unique triggers. Identifying the things that cause you the most problems is important for preventing the pain.