Does the Weather Change Your Pain?

You’ve probably heard this in a movie or someone you know has said, “It’s going to rain tomorrow. I can feel it in my bones.”

Does your pain get worse with barometric pressure changes?

“…barometric pressure is the measurement of air pressure in the atmosphere…” Read the Setra Systems blog to understand it from the scientific aspect.

I hear from so many that their arthritis seems to flare more when rain and cold systems blow into where they live. They will often feel it the night before and talk about how their joints ache or they get a migraine.

In my trigeminal neuralgia group, others talk about how they have more flares especially if it rains for a couple of days, then the temperature drops to below freezing, then more rain and wind and then the sun shines. This happened last month all in the same week in the Pacific NW where I live. This wreaked havoc with my body.

Are you afraid to even talk to others about this because you’ve been told you’re crazy? That it’s not possible! Well, guess what? If you are feeling it, it is possible.

Is this just an old wife’s tale or is there any proof?

I was fascinated by how many people have searched on “Do barometric pressure changes cause muscle and joint pain?” The fact that it’s being searched lets you know that you are not alone.

The Arthritis Foundation blog states: “Changes in barometric pressure can cause expansion and contraction of tendons, muscles, bones and scar tissues, resulting in pain in the tissues that are affected by arthritis. Low temperatures may also increase the thickness of joint fluids, making them stiffer and perhaps more sensitive to pain during movement.”

Look at that. You didn’t make it up. You’re not crazy.

Migraines seem to be affected by pressure changes. Healthline states in their article Understanding Barometric Pressure Headaches: How Does Weather Affect Your Headaches, “… it doesn’t have to change drastically to cause headaches…. Researchers found that even small decreases in barometric pressure induced migraines.”

Take some time to explore this topic especially if you have noticed that your pain increases. Pay attention. Follow the weather patterns and keep track of how it affects you. Do this for a year to see how you interact with the seasons. You can take action by using your persistent pain prevention plan.

If you need some help creating this, please refer to my Back to the Basics for Chronic Pain blog.

Let me know how I may help you.


Gail Sinclair, Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, & Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher works diligently to teach others how to work through the 7 Stages of Chronic Pain and Learn How to Thrive™. She lives with Trigeminal, Occipital Neuralgia and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia, arthritis, & Fibromyalgia to name a few and continues to learn tools to turn her attention away from persistent pain.

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