Changing weather and joint pain


Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) – This week’s dramatic swing from one weather pattern to another may be noticed by those suffering from arthritis. But is there any truth to this idea of a human barometer? 

“Yes there is definitely truth to it. I’ve been a doctor for more than 30 years and have seen thousands of patients with arthritis and I’m convinced there is a link,” says Dr Timothy Drehmer. 

Rheumatologist Dr Timothy Drehmer says a change in barometric pressure seems to be the one of the variables closest related to joint pain. 

When the pressure drops that usually means clouds rain or stormy weather is on the horizon.  

But it’s also about perception and the weather may impact your mood.

“On a days when we’re in a better mood we’re less likely to complain of pain. It may not be the weather but it may be the fact that the sun is shining that we feel better and not complain of pain,” Drehmer says. 

Dr Drehmer says the average person without arthritis isn’t going to feel a difference when the weather changes. 

“But if you have a previous injury or a disease you’re likely to have some shift in the pain paradigm as a function of weather,” Drehmer explains. 

So if you do suffer from joint pain there’s no need to change your medication. Some stretches or a heating pad may help but you’ll just have to wait until the weather changes.

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2018-07-10 19:20:51

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