Do you feel that weather affects your pain?
No, I haven't noticed any difference. - 0.0% - 0 votes
I've occasionally thought it might make it worse. - 0.0% - 0 votes
Never thought about it. - 0.0% - 0 votes
Yes, I notice a slight difference in pain level. - 0.0% - 0 votes
Yes! When weather changes my pain level changes. - 50.0% - 3 votes
Absolutely! My pain level goes up dramatically. - 50.0% - 3 votes
Posted 9/19/2018 1:38 PM (GMT -7)
I live in the Pacific Northwest, (Washington state)USA. Each year about this time my pain level go berserk! No amount of pain meds seem to help. My thought was it's the changing weather but that seems to to be an old-wives-tale. When I was talking to my PCP he said, "It's likely the change in weather, barometric pressure, from summer to fall". I was a bit surprised but this Doc. is so good, compassionate and level-headed. I have no reason not to believe him.
So... what's the remedy for this type of pain. I try to keep warm, keep moving much of the day and have my relax-with-a-book time. It's frustrating since there is nothing physical you can address.
I found some interesting reading on the arthritis site.
People with arthritis often claim they can predict the weather, based on their joint pain level, and with good reason. Studies show a variety of weather factors can increase pain, especially changes. Watch for any changes in:
Barometric pressure (especially falling)
Temperature (especially lowering)
A study from Tufts University in 2007 found that every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in arthritis pain. In addition, relatively low barometric pressure, low temperatures and precipitation can increase pain. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens. They suspect certain atmospheric conditions increase swelling in the joint capsule.
Source: The Arthritis Index is based on a proprietary forecast by the meteorologists at www.AccuWeather.com.
"Arthritis affects everything else within the joint itself, including the joint lining, which we call the synovium, as well as the ligaments that are within the joint," Dr. James Gladstone, co-director of sports medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told weather.com. "All of those tissues have nerve endings in them, so they're going to feel changes in the weather as tightness in the joint, or stiffness."
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Posted 9/19/2018 10:09 PM (GMT -7)
Joints exist in an air-tight vacuum and have have natural lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) that is exchanged via blood flow. The synovium (tissue lining of a joint) has embedded nerve endings. As atmospheric barometric pressure changes (ex. A weather pattern forming over the Pacific Ocean with rain-laden clouds) the fluid pressure in joints changes in similar measure. The change in intra-joint pressure stimulates
the nerve endings = joint pain, pressure, stiffness. I think this correlation has been known for some time.
Some people are more sensitive to noticing barometric pressure changes in their joints than others. Such individuals are their own weather station . . . who can forecast approaching storm fronts.
Storms in the desert southwest that form due to electromagnet changes or charged ions in the atmosphere (ex. Tornadoes) are not as susceptible to experienced joint pain/pressure as with atmospheric pressure changes.
The body truly does exist as part of the larger cosmos.
Posted 9/20/2018 5:49 AM (GMT -7)
One thing I've noticed...in summer, it's easier for me to stay hydrated. As soon as the temperatures cool though, I'm less likely to drink enough water. Dehydration has a definite effect on my joints...as Seashell mentioned synovial fluid, perhaps I'm limiting that by not taking in as much water.
I usually take Advil for joint pain (unless it's my hips, Aleve seems to help them more). I've also found a decongestant to be helpful as my sinuses are sensitive to weather changes. Maybe it's just in my head (no pun intended) but I swear it helps the rest, too!
Built in barometer, for sure!
Posted 9/22/2018 12:50 PM (GMT -7)
I react very badly to weather and barometric change..
My breathing even changes and i can test a false positive for glucoma
We have had very wet weather this year, and everyone with pain can really tell the difference
Oh my sinuses can randomly feel blocked and feels worse with the barometric changes
To relax my breathing , a micro current unit can help
Posted 9/24/2018 1:14 AM (GMT -7)
As soon as the weather starts getter cooler my breathing becomes more labored, But once the weather stays at a cooler temp 50' to 60' I feel a lot better. I really think it has to do with the humidity being much lower.