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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

When Joint Pain Suddenly Increases, This May Be the Reason Why!

African American With Joint Pain

The most common forms of chronic pain are osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) from inflammation, and fibromyalgia from overactive nerves causing nerve damage. People with these symptoms often say they can predict the weather based on their sudden joint pain. Although there is no scientific proof of this, some medical researchers now believe there is a connection between sudden joint pain and the weather.

"It's going to rain"

Some joint pain sufferers claim they know just when it's going to rain based on their pain level. Recent scientific studies provide some support to this. For example, Dutch researchers who studied patients with osteoarthritis pain in their hips compared their complaints with daily whether records and found that, indeed, the aches and pains in these patients did increase somewhat with a rise in barometric pressure.

Is this really possible?

Scientifically, yes. A European study claims that pressure in joints can increase when barometric pressure rises. The pressure can affect nerve endings which can then affect pain level. Even small changes in the weather can be felt in the joints.

Another study also suggested that joint pain like arthritis can make the ligaments around the joints more sensitive. As a result, changes in the weather can affect these areas. In addition, sudden joint pain as a result of the weather could simply be a lack of exercise when the weather is inclement, which can cause increased stiffness and pain in the joints.

Either way, pay attention to others when they tell you it's going to rain. They may be absolutely right!


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