Are your joints in pain when there’s some weather change? Do you consider yourself as a somewhat weather prediction expert, knowing that there will be a change in the weather by feeling pain in your joints?
You are probably 100% sure that when there is a fall in the barometric pressure, your arthritic pain is worse.
Nevertheless, both rheumatologists and people with arthritis are citing various reports of pain flare-ups induced by weather changes.
Patients and clinicians can now be proved to have been right about this, since several recent studies are offering somewhat support of what they were saying for decades.
Sarah Allen was a former arthritis patient of Dr. Mercola. In the video below, she tells how she succeeded to put her disease into remission.
Listen and share her story to help others dealing with arthritis.
After All, Weather Can Influence Arthritis Symptoms
Researches in Netherland analyzed the level of pain that patients with osteoarthritis felt in the period of 2 years. Then they compared these statistics with the daily weather records in the same period.
What they discovered is that their joints were a bit stiffer, and their pain and ache somewhat worse when the levels of barometric pressure and humidity rose, but the changes weren’t that dramatic.
The noted changes were very small. The score for function aggravated by one point for every 10 hectopascals rise in barometric pressure, and the pain scores aggravated by one point for every 10 % rice in humidity. This is why the occurred changes weren’t considered clinically relevant.
Similar results with subtle changes were noted by other European studies. This is probably the reason why science hasn’t succeeded to prove this connection so far.
In What Way Atmospheric Pressure Causes Joint Pain?
The rheumatologist in the video, Dr. Fotios Koumpouras, speaks about another recent study, finding a correlation between joint pain, temperature, and barometric pressure.
He explains what happens if there’s lowering of the barometric pressure, such as before and during a storm. Apparently, changes in the pressure inside your joints will occur, and the nerve endings around them might be as well impacted.
Even the slightest pressure changes are capable to set these receptors on fire, and you will feel this as pain increase. Nevertheless, this isn’t the only circulation theory.
Another factors can be the daily activity and mood. When it’s cold and rainy, your mood is likely to be affected, resulting in lower pain tolerance. At such weather, most people avoid going outside and with that they avoid the exercise which keeps their arthritis pain under control.
Among the factors is as well the placebo effect, meaning that if you expect your pain to grow upon weather change, then it will probably grow.
There’s even an “Aches and Pains Index” map created by the Weather Channel, to predict the intensity of your pain on any day.
Enough about the science approach to arthritis pain, we’ll proceed with what’s proven to be effective in arthritis pain relief.
Two Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two different diseases known as the two kinds of arthritis. They have different presentations and causes, but same symptoms: inflammation, pain, swelling of the joints, and stiffness.
Their main differences are:
Osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative arthritis, usually appears in older people, but it can also follow acute trauma or repetitive stress.
The joints which are affected by this type of arthritis are those at the end of fingers and toes, the distal joints. Moreover, OA can be found in just one joint, foot, or hand, which means it’s not symmetrical.