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It's Not In Your Mind - Aches And Pains Really DO Feel Worse On Damp And Windy Days, Scientists Find

Thursday 24 October 2019


From UK newspaper The Daily Mail:


People with arthritis are more likely to feel pain
on humid, windy days, a study suggests.
(Photo: Shutterstock / JPC-PROD)

It's not in your mind - aches and pains really DO feel worse on damp and windy days, scientists find

  • Some 2,700 participants recorded their pain for six months on an app
  • Manchester University researchers then analysed the weather each day 
  • Low pressure, wind and humidity was shown to increase pain, but not rain

By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter for MailOnline
24 October 2019
© dgm media.

It's not in your mind - aches and pains really do feel worse on damp and windy days, research suggests.

Scientists asked almost 2,700 arthritis, migraine and fibromyalgia patients to report their pain every day for six months. 

The University of Manchester team used GPS data from the participants' phones to determine the weather for each day.

Results showed patients were 20 per cent more likely to suffer pain on damp, windy days with low atmospheric pressure.

However, pain didn't increase for the patients on dry days, or when there was either a change in temperature or rainfall.

The lead researcher Professor Will Dixon said: 'Weather has been thought to affect symptoms in patients with arthritis since Hippocrates [2,000 years ago].

'Around three quarters of people living with arthritis believe their pain is affected by the weather.

'Yet, despite much research examining the existence and nature of this relationship, there remains no scientific consensus. 

'The analysis showed on a damp and windy days with low pressure the chances of experiencing more pain, compared to an average day, was around 20 per cent.'


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