I just spent a week up in Darwin the northern part of Australia with temperatures around 32C (90F) everyday. It helped my general joint pain, but not my hips, they were still very sore, and difficult to walk. Now in Perth (South Western Australia) it is around 15C (59F) everyday and OUCH my joints hurt, and my hips are even worse.
I prefer the cold because I can put layers of clothes on and sit in front of the heater curled up on the couch with a blanket. I can always get warm in winter, but there is no way I can get cool sometimes in summer. By the way, when I saw my new specialist today, I told him that I wear socks to bed even in summer, and all he said was WOW. Well he had a lot of other things to say, but I think the WOW meant something to him.
Diagnosed with Lupus - 22 June, 2010