Thursday, May 2, 2013

Does Weather Changes Really Affect our Pain Levels?

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This year the weather patterns are constantly changing this year and as a chronic pain suffer, the constant change tends to cause me more pain.  Especially, on days right before a cold front or storm is on it's way.  Today is May 2nd and one would think that the weather would finally be on a consistent warming trend that usually takes place during the spring.  However, this year it seems as if winter will not go away.  Today its in the mid 40's and we are supposed to have a record low in our area tonight.

It seems as if my pain levels tend to change according to the weather.  In fact, my pain increases when it is cold or rainy outside.  Of course, my pain levels are also dependent on what I do throughout the day.

According to WebMD, the studies indicate that there is really no correlation between weather changes and pain levels.  But at a chronic pain suffer, it often feels as if the weather is in fact related.  Do you tend to agree?  

During bad weather or drastic weather changes the barometric pressure often changes right before it happens.  However, these changes are supposedly only slight changes.  When the barometric pressure changes, it changes the way the air moves around you.  When the air is heavier it is said to put more pressure on the body (this takes place when the barometric rate drops suddenly), causing your joints to swell slightly.  Scientist don't have any physical evidence that points towards a direct correlation.

Other medical experts think that many people are down and a person's mood changes, when it is rainy or cold.   This causes a person to become hyper focused on their pain or feel sorry for themselves which causes their pain to increase.  I notice that when it is cloudy, I tend to want to hibernate and hide under the covers to stay warm.  However, I don't find myself feeling down and out.  Do you think it is all in our mind?

Some even think that our increased pain is due to a flare up, that just coincidentally happened right before a storm or weather change.  While this may be true for one or two episodes, I don't feel that this is a good explanation for the increase pain.

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Does the weather affect your pain levels?  If so, how does it change your pain levels?