Feel the weather in your joints? New research sheds light on the feeling

No matter the weather there is usually someone that “predicted” the weather because they felt in their joints. A new
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No matter the weather there is usually someone that “predicted” the weather because they felt in their joints. A new study has looked into the phenomenon and found that they could just be having a flair up.

According to experts the thought that the weather has an impact on your joint pain went all the way back to Roman times and was thought at the time to be an accurate tool in working out the weather forecast.

New Australian research took reports of people’s pain flair ups and teamed it with weather patterns to see if there was any correlation between the two. The results showed that there was no relationship between the two things.

Then why do people still say they “feel it in their bones.” The study suggests that people are putting pain flair ups and weather together in their mind as a way of giving cause and effect. This is especially prominent when a flair up of pain is not caused by any environmental reasons before causing pain.

A study was carried out in 2014 about this, and the results found no connection. Lead author of the new study, Chris Maher from The George Institute of Global Health told Live Science, “People were adamant that adverse weather conditions worsened their symptoms, so we decided to go ahead with a new study based on data from new patients with lower back pain and osteoarthritis”.

Mr Maher stated of the results, “The results were almost exactly the same: There is absolutely no link between pain and the weather in these conditions”. He concluded, “our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views.”

What do you think? Do you think weather does have an impact on your pain?

  1. Christine Shaw  

    Very interesting find. In 1970 I had a large plate glass shelf in a department store fall off it’s hooks and hit my second toe, left foot edge point on. It shattered the bones into 7 distinct pieces and split the skin top and bottom of the toe. From that day to this I know when a low pressure system is forming, usually about 24 hours before it is announced on the media.
    So why does it ache then?
    As this happened in a department store in Sydney, and I have lived all over Australia and overseas, and plate glass shelves are no longer used for display hung off a wall, how can sitting at home reading, or shopping in Malaysia, tubing diwn the Guadalupe river in Texas to name a few toe aching sites be related?
    Maybe some more studies are called for. One disproved hypothesis dies not the subject decide!!!

  2. Tammy Graham  

    You can see farm animals always lying down when the weather turns.
    Mainly the large boned animals like cows.

  3. The Captain  

    “Flair ups”?? I think you mean “flare ups”.
    Unless of course a pair of trendy 70’s bell-bottoms is causing the problem……..

  4. Pamela  

    My radiotherapy areas are adversely affected by low pressure systems prior to and during rain/storms.

    I can always predict them when on the way from my increased pain levels.

    However, when in a hyperbaric chamber having oxygen therapy at high pressure, my pain eased.

  5. Jean  

    They might just have asked the wrong people in the survey.

  6. I definitely can tell when a storm is coming. My arthritis becomes very painful and the pain decreses after thestorm arrives. I resent being told that my pain has nothing to do with the weather. Bgus reports from a bogus survey.

  7. Lucie  

    Well, I am a person that when a big weather change is coming have more pains in my entire body and I know it’s not in my head.

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