A WebMD Community member asks if there's a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and altitude. She says it seems as if she always has a flare after returning from her mountain home.
Other community members weighed in with different altitude stories. Several said that when they were on vacation in Colorado or Santa Fe -- where the altitude was high -- they were in remission from all their symptoms. One member's doctor said that wasn't altitude. It was vacation!
WebMD expert Scott Zashin, MD, says he isn't aware of a link between altitude and RA symptoms. He did say that for some people, their RA is affected by barometric pressure. He suggests keeping a diary of your RA pain and symptoms and noting the barometric pressure each day to see if there's a connection.
Have you ever noticed a change in your RA symptoms based on altitude or barometric pressure?