Arthritis and Temperature

The term warming up, what does that mean? Well, it means exactly that, your muscles work best at a temperature between 100 and 101, yet your temperature typically runs 98, sometimes a little bit more, sometimes a little bit less. In order for you to get the muscles to work properly they need to be at a higher operating temperature, very much like your car. So in the morning when the temperature is the coolest outside, and your body temperature is the coolest, that’s when your joints hurt the most, that’s when your muscles hurt the worst, and that’s when folks with arthritis, rheumatoid in particular, tend to feel the worst. That’s almost always in the morning.

So when do your joints hurt the worst? First thing in the morning. Osteo-arthritis, first thing in the morning. We take our clues from the season, we take our clues from the clock, and this is kind of fascinating. When do you feel the worst? What time of day? When does your head hurt the worst, in the morning when you wake up, when you go to bed, or sometime in between? And it gives you a clue as to what the problem really might be.

About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.