Have you ever heard someone say “Oh, boy my bones are aching, a storm must be brewing.” Truth be told, many people that suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other arthritis conditions complain that their aches and pains flare up in rainy weather. Often times these people get pain signals even before the storm officially arrives!
Typically, any weight-bearing joint can be affected and feel pain during rainy weather. These aches and pains are usually felt in the hips, knees, elbows, shoulders and hands.
According to an article in eHow Health, “the body’s joints have sensory nerves. These nerves are called baro-receptors and they do respond to changes in the atmosphere. When the barometric pressure drops or is low, it signifies that the air has become moist, signaling a chance for rain. The body’s nerve receptors respond to low barometric pressure.”
Therefore, when the air and pressure in the environment falls it causes the pressure in the body’s joints to vary. People who have arthritis will feel this more because they have less cushioning around their joints. The American Journal of Medicine found a correlation to support this theory and published it in its May 2007 issue.
If you experience joint pain during the rainy weather try to stay inside – crank the heat, sit by the fire and ward off the damp, cold, rainy weather.