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?FMS Pain & Rainy Weather ~ reconcilling the difference in opinions... Click To Tweet
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?Drop in barometer means air pressing heavier against the body = increased pain levels... Click To Tweet
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.