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Rainy Weather And Fibromyalgia Pain ~ The Great Debate

October 11

Ever been told there is no connection between the weather and your pain levels?

There have been several studies published which conclude that there is no connection between rainy weather and Fibromyalgia pain. There are also a legion of individuals out there who will tell you that’s a load of bull poo. You may be one of them. How do we reconcile the difference between the conclusion of several clinical studies, and the undeniable reality of experience?

Let’s first take a look at air pressure. We usually hear this term used when applied to the weather forecast. Areas of high pressure mean warm air, whereas a cold front is indicative of a low pressure system. Okay, but what does that mean? More importantly, how does air pressure affect my physical body?

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I have seen several studies that conclude there is no relation to weather and Fibromyalgia ( and even arthritis) pain. However, almost everyone I know who suffers with these conditions (myself included) can attest to the fact that their pain levels increase significantly when the weather turns humid.

Once again I’m in the position of saying that I am no expert, but it seems like a fairly logical conclusion. If the barometer falls when the weather turns stormy, and the resulting drop makes the air press heavier against the body, is it not reasonable to conclude that this would cause an increase in physical pain?

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Rainy Weather And Fibromyalgia Pain ~ The Great Debate
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Rainy Weather And Fibromyalgia Pain ~ The Great Debate

  • Drop in barometric pressure = Increase is air pressing against your body : trigger points are painful when pressed, and those of us with FMS know that even a slight touch can cause significant pain during a flare ~

  • Increased pressure in air = Swelling of the joints : in response to this, the body can experience inflammation which in turn causes pain ~

  • Higher humidity = Higher blood pressure : an increase in blood pressure can be associated with an increase in pain levels, and the main characteristic of FMS is a ‘hypersensitive pain response to stimuli’ ~

In my opinion, there seems to be a factual, and logical connection between rainy weather and Fibromyalgia pain.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Becky October 11 at 6:41 pm

    All the people who say there is no connection…I wish they could live in my body this week. A storm is moving in and will hang around for several days. It is not going to be a good week.

    • Reply kristine October 14 at 9:00 am

      So sorry Becky 🙁 Hope you are doing well ♥

  • Reply Alysha October 11 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Kristine, I definitely agree that weather plays a huge part in pain levels. My elbows always hurt when there is rain on the way. Also when the barometer drops I have electric shocks through my face. I used to love storms but now they’re not muh fun. When the humidity is low I feel like a snake about to shed it’s skin. Really prickly itchy skin. Can’t tell me there’s no connection.

    • Reply kristine October 14 at 8:57 am

      Exactly Alysha! I really can’t understand these studies!

  • Reply Cheryl October 11 at 10:43 pm

    Definite correlation. I live in rainy Humboldt in California. I feel better in the dry heat. I walked around Disneyland, over 7 miles all 3 days and I was ok!

    • Reply kristine October 14 at 8:56 am

      WHew! That’s a LONG walk 😉 But fun 🙂 Thanks Cheryl!

  • Reply Colleen G October 12 at 5:49 am

    Thank you for this article. Not only do weather changes effect me, humidity is my mortal enemy. I agree weather truly does effect the body.

    • Reply kristine October 14 at 8:56 am

      You are welcome Colleen! And I agree 😉

  • Reply Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories October 16 at 6:21 pm

    Rain and stormy weather definitely impact my RA pain but thankfully the humidity not so much since we live in NC. I flared pretty bad before and during Hurricane Matthew last weekend and it wasn’t even as bad near us as it was at the coast.
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    • Reply kristine October 18 at 4:36 pm

      UGH! So sorry Tanya! Glad you made it through ok! ♥

  • Reply Nikki October 16 at 6:30 pm

    I have APS and I definitely know when the barometric pressure changes. Migraines, especially in the side of my face where I had the stroke and feels like someone has an ice pick in my eye. Joint pain and my skin hurts. I say there is a definite correlation! Love the research!
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  • Reply Michelle October 17 at 7:55 am

    Hi Kristine, Thank you for sharing this valuable information. As someone who loves someone with fibromyalgia this helps me to be more supportive and understanding to them and their experiences.

    • Reply kristine October 18 at 4:34 pm

      You are so welcome Michelle, glad to help! 🙂

  • Reply Tuned In Parents October 19 at 12:48 pm

    I often find people who live with chronic pain develop a deeper level of thinking, a more resourceful way of coping, a transcendental ability to rise above, and are the toughest most inspirational individuals I’ve come across. When chronic pain is triggered by uncontrollable factors, like weather in this instance, natural selection shows you what you’re made of! 🙂 Keep inspiring, Kristine! <3
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    • Reply kristine October 19 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement 🙂

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