Barometric Pressure and Pain

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   Posted 10/14/2005 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought that I would get another thread going on this topic, cuz I would be drifting another thread way off line.

Just an observation, after reading the "erin take a look" thread, I began to wonder about the effect of changes in barometric pressure and joint pain, as I sit here with more then normal shoulder and elbow pain. And the fact that the barometric pressure is 29.66 and falling. Googling "arthritis barometric pressure", I found several articles on studies that were done on that subject, and yes, there seems to be a correlation between the two, but I was wondering what everyone else felt about the subject?

Is it more the fact that rains and cold is associated with the lowering of pressure, or the lowering in pressure by itself?

:-) it could be that my joints ache now because of the programming crisis that I had to solve this morning.

Your thoughts?
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   Posted 10/14/2005 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Hubby -

Good question and I wish I had an answer... But I do know this, I can be a weatherman by the pain I get in my joints when it rains or storms... Now you have my curiosit peaked and I'll do some research too... hhhhmmmmmm
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   Posted 10/14/2005 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   

I figured out the correlation of pain and baramoter years before my rhuemy said, "studies have shown that barometric pressure does affect arthritis..." My response, "No kidding sherlock..." (though, 'kidding' was not the choice word at the time.)

The problem is, I never paid attention to WHAT the pressure was to figure out was it LOW or HIGH that triggered me or how to even UNDERSTAND the b. pressure system. 

I often felt rain come on up to 48 hours ahead of time - even if the weather didn't seem to change much, somehow I knew something was "in the air" so to speak! tongue   Yet, during certain weather conditions, I did NOT feel it come on ahead of time. The heat waves we have here do the same thing....when it gets so dry during them, my joints feel great! But, when it's humid (even a bit) and hot, I'm miserable in the joints. 

Does anyone sometimes get those pressure headaches a few hours before it rains? Boy, those are a giveaway as well! At least THAT goes away once the rain comes, the joints, sadly, continue to hurt! sad

So, my own personal experience would say, it is the pressure itself - not necessarily the cold that brings on the pain, though it doesn't help. **


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   Posted 10/14/2005 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree.  The 3 rheummies I have seen all said the "pressure system" is what the joints respond to.
Could this explain the tremendous flare I suffer now?  Could be quite possibly.  3 1/2 weeks in the making with this week being the WORST!!  Has rained all day since saturday (yep, I'm in the northeast in the floods!)
So is it high pressure or low pressure systems the study spoke of?
Whatever it is...I hope it goes away fast!

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   Posted 10/14/2005 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   

That's right, Erin - you've been dealing w/a lot of rain and bad weather. My friend in NY was just telling me about it, how long, and how much there's been. Even on Regis and Kelly (a guilty morning pleasure I allow myself when on the treadmilll now!) they talked about how awful it's been.  I'm sure it's contributing to your issues right now greatly.

Feel better.



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   Posted 10/15/2005 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Just my 2 cents, yep, my old body works right the barometer. It knows a couple of days in advance too. As for when we are expecting rain, I get terrific hedaches, have actually gone into migraines and had to go get a shot.


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   Posted 6/4/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My question...other then moving or drugs, does anyone have any remedies for pain that is associated with the barometric pressure? Thanks.

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   Posted 6/5/2008 1:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't but I would be really interested in a solution as well!!!!! I am having a really hard time with the same thing!  I get debilitating migraines about a day or two before a front moves in, and it does not go away until the rain is gone.  Out of luck this week! I have been in bed since Thursday!  Anyone have any suggestions?

Post Edited (steviesgirl) : 6/5/2008 2:19:32 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/5/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I can think of move to better climentes....I was told almost 20 years ago to move to arizona for my sinuses and now I suffer from arthritis...So I told my hubby I think we should move...He said that would be fine if we could leave without the clampets( my family) following..heheheheh  I could also tell with my sinuses when the rain was coming and now my whole body tells me...we should be getting paid we know better than the wheather people...

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   Posted 6/5/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Most anytime the weather changes I hurt.I accept it take a pill & go on...........

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   Posted 6/5/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
The preasure system definitely affects me as does humidity. The day before storms move in I feel like curling up in bed.

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   Posted 6/6/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I sooo want to move to cooler low humidity weather. It's my dream. I'm in the midwest. Hubby wants to move to the gulf for his line of work.

He says Pensacola....I say Alaska. Funny but neither of us are joking.

I would be happy with Minnesota, or really just not south. I'm trying to convince myself that I'm bending.

anyway.........I agree with y'all.


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   Posted 6/7/2008 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Over the past 20 years, I've noticed that my various joints, tendons, etc. will start hurting about two days before a storm comes. When the storm finally gets here, I usually feel better. If not, I know the weather's going to be yucky for at least a couple of days.
My friends and family ask me before planning outdoor activities because I'm usually more reliable than the meteorologists.  <shrug>
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   Posted 7/22/2008 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  It is definately the pressure for me ...the barometer moving up or down. (I always thought that if it was humidity ? wouldn't we feel bad when we took a bath???lol.
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   Posted 7/22/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got done with the worst flair that I have ever had.  I didn't know that pain could be like that.  I got better thanks to a lot of prednisone and methotrexate, but a system has moved through, and though the pain is diffrent- it has started to hurt again.  I noticed that the pain from the barometric pressure is a diffrent type of pain than the inflammation type pain.
I can handle this diffrent.  I's just glad that they system should be moving though and gone by tomorrow.
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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
After having core-decompressions of both hips and knees before the age of 17, because of steroid treatment, the new fun is finding a way to cope during rain storms. I've realized that during rainstorms, there is no way for me to even walk around without having excruciating pain in either my hips/knees. If anybody knows of a remedy besides the obvious answer of narcotics, they could post. I'm not even 18 yet, and when it rains there's no way I can even function.

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   Posted 10/19/2012 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
when it rains or if i have a toothache or bone pain from an old injury, my doctor told to take cod liver oil and calcium,,, I take a calcium, magnesium, zinc combination with cod liver oil and it will take a toothache away in 15 minutes, also joint pain, I take 5 cod liver oil and 5 calcium, three is the daily requirement, My doctor said that sometimes I need a little more,

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   Posted 10/3/2013 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been watching the barometer reading at "Local"
You type in your zip and it gives the barometer reading. I was having joint pain but it was sunny outside. The barometer reading was 29.94. This confirmed that it isn't rain or cold that trigger my pain, though I do believe they contribute. 2 days ago it was sunny and 30.04. I had no pain. Research suggest less barometric pressure allows the joints to swell a tiny bit. Site's I researched suggested:
Spandex,  Acupuncture, Get a massage, Eat wild salmon, vitamin D, Enjoy warm water, Dress warmly, Yoga and tai chi.
I intend to try these rather than Rx's as the possible side affects are horrible.
Would love to hear any positive results you may experience.
Wishing Everyone Pain Relief,

Post Edited (rotie) : 10/3/2013 1:21:49 PM (GMT-6)

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