How does “my bones hurt when the weather is changing” work? (scientifically)


How does “my bones hurt when the weather is changing” work? (scientifically)

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It has to do with the changes in air pressure. When the weather changes from higher to lower pressure it usually brings bad weather, but also the joints in your body expand just a little bit and that can allow for more inflammation to occur.

Recent studies suggest it doesn’t. Studies in 2014 and 2017 study found no correlation between weather changes and arthritis complaints. However, other studies show a weak link between barometric pressure and joint pain, and temperature drop and joint pain. So there’s no definitive answer to your question.

It may be that people simply notice bad weather more and associate it with pain, but don’t make the connection with sunnier weather.

On the other hand, I definitely notice the pain more with the onset of bad weather.

I think it’s mostly people with artificial joints and metal parts in their body that make this statement due to the different expansion rate of materials. Part of my leg was reconstructed with titanium and I can definitely feel it ache during rainstorms

Inflammation mainly. When the weather changes our muscles can tense up (mainly from a drop in pressure/temperature), and people with inflammation can feel pain from their muscles tensing.

I have rheumatoid arthritis. Take lots of drugs for it. I hurt when it storms, but I hurt an equal amount when the weather is fair.