Weather and Pain Article

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jakeg, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. jakeg

    jakeg New Member

    Got this in an email today.

    Bad Storm Rising
    Arthritis Today, MARCH-APRIL 2006
    by Kerry Ludlam

    Two weather services give you a heads up when joint achiness is in the forecast.

    Next time you wake up with unexpected aches and pains, take a peek outside to see if a storm is coming. Your joints may have detected bad weather on the horizon.

    “The weather making joints hurt is more than just a myth,” says Hayes Wilson, MD, rheumatologist and chair of rheumatology at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. “I see it in my patients who experience morning stiffness and have red, hot, swollen and painful joints when a front is approaching.”

    New research presented at the 2005 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting backs up what some rheumatologists and their patients have noticed for years.

    Researchers in Tokyo studied 1,833 people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The doctors looked at the number of swollen, tender joints in the patients, and they measured inflammation by determining levels of C-reactive protein, high levels of which indicate acute inflammation, and the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, which measures chronic inflammation. Results over a three-year period show that each year disease activity dropped sharply between spring and fall, when weather is typically calmer, and then increased significantly between fall and spring, when more storms occur.

    “When people feel pain during a weather change, it is often not precipitation or humidity causing the problem, but changing barometric pressure,” says Kevin Robinson, a meteorologist with the Weather Channel in Atlanta. “As storms approach, barometric pressure – the weight exerted by air – falls, resulting in many people experiencing an increase in aches and pains.”

    A decline in barometric pressure may make inflamed joints swell, which in theory could stretch the thin tissue lining the capsule surrounding a joint, called the synovium.

    In the late 1980s, cable TV’s Weather Channel created its “Aches and Pains” Index to give people a heads up when weather might induce pain in those who are vulnerable. The index ranks days on a scale of one (weather-induced pain is minimal) to 10 (likely increase in pain) based on barometric pressure, humidity, precipitation, temperature and wind. A day that ranks a 10 most likely is rainy and turning colder with a large drop in barometric pressure, says Robinson. A day with high pressure that’s dry and sunny with a light wind will rank low on the aches and pain scale.

    AccuWeather ( has an online service called the “Arthritis Index,” which ranks the potential severity of weather-related arthritis pain from low to extreme.

    Why do weather services provide such indexes? To help you plan activities – like your daily walks – and prepare to take better care of yourself when your pain may be increased. You can’t change the weather, but you can change how it affects you. When an index predicts a painful stretch of days, be proactive by taking anti-inflammatory medication, soaking in warm water, using braces or assistive devices, as necessary, walking and stretching.

    When did they figure this out? I new this forever.

  2. kimfibro

    kimfibro New Member

    knew it already too! hahahaha.

    i think the actual first 'light bulb' on this theory popped in the year 879 a.d.

    and to think of all the $$$ spent! hope they're PROUD! :)

    (don't think of spending $$$ on poverty, medical research, abuse, fibro too. it's far too logical!)
  3. jbennett2

    jbennett2 New Member

    and how much did they spend on the research that we all knew was true anyway!!!
  4. srh

    srh New Member

    And do they ever nail it right. Not when I see look at them!!

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