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I know that it's an old topic, and I'm pretty sure that it's NOT just a UL, so I'm wondering WHY.

Why is it that when the weather changes, old injuries start aching?

[ 31. January 2006, 05:23 AM:   snopes ]

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Scientists still mulling causes of weather-related pain
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... a lot of research has gone into trying to figure out exact scientific mechanisms that bring about this kind of weather-related pain. Currently, however, none of the studies have produced any cohesive explanation, though one factor these studies have in common is linking pain to changing air (barometric) pressure.


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Ah, okay. Thanks. It just bugs me that I'm aching for some reason or another.

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Yeah... I have heard that, especially in arthritic joints, a sudden change in temperature or pressure can cause already inflamed tissues to either painfully swell or else shrink so that there is insufficient cushioning in the joints. Usually, people who have pain when it rains is because of a change in pressure.

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It's not just old injuries and osteoarthritis, either. A good friend of mine and her daughter both have rheumatoid arthritis, and rainy days tend to be bad days for them.

A former boss of mine and his wife relocated from Seattle to Las Vegas because the cold wet winters made her arthritis (rheumatoid, I think) so painful. The last time I talked to them, she felt much better in the desert.

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Ah, okay. Thanks. It just bugs me that I'm aching for some reason or another.

Mickey "Ooh, my aching joints" is a Gyrl

Boy, if you have aching joints at 21, I wonder what will happen to you at umm.. 34??

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Oh, my orthopedic surgeon has already told me that I might need to have part of one knee replaced by the time I'm 50.
Let's make it more "fun" by the fact that my seasonal job involves a lot of excess weight (try lugging around a 35 lb costume with a diameter of 64", when you're 60" tall), in a locale that is EXTREMELY humid during the summer. Ooh I love me some aching joints...

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Constant aches at 21 could be fibromyalgia or tendonitis. Unless it *is* definitely old injury and weather.
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I have a plate in my wrist due to a broken bone (Bartons fracture)from a RTA. Whever the temp changes dramatically , it aches painfully for several days.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
It's not just old injuries and osteoarthritis, either. A good friend of mine and her daughter both have rheumatoid arthritis, and rainy days tend to be bad days for them.

My hands and feet get bad when there are pressure changes and along with that I get sinus pressure. I feel like a flippin' barometer sometimes.

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Originally posted by Samantha Vimes:
Constant aches at 21 could be fibromyalgia or tendonitis. Unless it *is* definitely old injury and weather.

Let's see...dislocated pinkie (colorguard), sprained ring finger, broken middle finger (ring and middle caused by door slamming on hand), sprained thumb (colorguard), fractured elbow(schoolyard accident)...
And regarding the knees alone, I have Plica Syndrome in both knees, however I am now without a medial plica in either knee because the knee surgeries (they were so torn up from the cartilage in my kneecaps being so jagged due to chondromalacia)
Ah, and to think- I used to be a ballet and jazz dancer...

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quote:
Originally posted by Mad Jay:
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Originally posted by mickey is a gyrl:
Ah, okay. Thanks. It just bugs me that I'm aching for some reason or another.

Mickey "Ooh, my aching joints" is a Gyrl

Boy, if you have aching joints at 21, I wonder what will happen to you at umm.. 34??
Here's a little glimpse into a possible future... [Wink]

I'm 36 and some days I can't walk without a cane. I also have near-constant pain from arthritis that affects my regular day-to-day activities and requires Vicodin just so I can be bleary enough for sleep. Nothing ever really gets rid of the pain. Vicodin takes the edge off and makes me sleepy so I can at least sleep through it.

On the pain scale- 1 being mild and 10 being severe- my regular "good" days are a four or five. Last night I was in so much pain that I was crying in bed. And that's just a regular day. Any day that requires a lot of walking (grocery shopping days etc), I go to bed much earlier and I take a little more pain drugs.

Frog-I blame sports and heredity-Feathers

ETA: Rheumatoid and osteo arthritis(arthritie?) runs in my family. My grandmother was in a wheelchair by the time she was 45.

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I got my very first migraine, complete with blurry vision, nausea and tingly numbness on one side of my face, on a day when temperatures went from a water-logged 32 degrees centigrade in the morning to a crisp 20 in late afternoon. I've had migraines since, but none of them have been as violent - or indeed, as scary. I thought I was having a stroke or something... [Roll Eyes]

My downstairs neighbour has fibromyalgia, as does her older sister. They're both under thirty. While it's highly probable that the weather somehow affects how bad things get, the correlation isn't so clear that they can use weather forecasts to predict how they'll feel.

If anyone on here knows a bit more about fibromyalgia: how common is dizziness and nausea, and is there anything that could help? From what I've seen in my neighbour, the pain isn't half as incapacitating as teetering on the brink of dry heaves for hours at a time.

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Originally posted by mickey is a gyrl:


YAY Centreville, by the way. I'm from Herndon!

Welcome to the board!! There are quite a few of us from Nothern Virginia area here.

Psst.. You might want to update your location in your profile. snopes has strict rules about putting wrong location in the profile

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YAY Centreville, by the way. I'm from Herndon!

Welcome to the board!! There are quite a few of us from Nothern Virginia area here.

Psst.. You might want to update your location in your profile. snopes has strict rules about putting wrong location in the profile

Psst...just because I'm FROM Herndon doesn't mean that's where I'm currently located. My location changes three ways, depending on where I am. If I'm at school (like now), it's Radford, if I'm at home, it's Herndon, if I'm at work, it's Orlando, FL.

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quote:
Originally posted by Blue Byrd:

If anyone on here knows a bit more about fibromyalgia: how common is dizziness and nausea, and is there anything that could help? From what I've seen in my neighbour, the pain isn't half as incapacitating as teetering on the brink of dry heaves for hours at a time.

Blue "Under pressure - doo doo doo dah dah doo doo" Byrd

Here is a site that explains some stuff about Fibromyalgia. Its by a woman who has it, not a doctor, but it has some good information. I gave the same link to a friend who was newly diagnosed with it and it helped her ask the right questions when she went back to the doctor.

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Does anyone here think that the type of injury matters in a moment like this? To me, it seems like most bone injuries or joint disorders are the ones that are most reported in cases like this. My father had a cyst on his ankle bone that ate a hole in it and had to be removed and he could tell when the weather was changing a lot more than with just his back injury. Any thoughts?
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My shoulder doesn't bother me when the weather is nasty.

On the other hand, my pinkie hurts when it's going to get REALLY cold and dry up, and my knees hurt when it's going to warm up and/or get really humid (rain, mugginess, whatever)

So maybe it does have some impact *shrugs*

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I injured a tendon in my foot several months ago (I fell up the stairs...nope, didn't fall down the stairs like anyone can do...I fell up the stairs...I'm telling you, I just have a special gift or something...) and during the last 48 hours, when the barometric pressure here was changing a LOT, my foot was hurting a lot, after not hurting at all for at least a month. And no, I hadn't done any excercise of any nature that would have caused that.

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I've fallen up stairs before. During a show! But no one said "Good luck" to me before the show, so maybe that's why I only got a laugh, instead of an injury.

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My oldest injury is a pinky break and it rarely hurts anymore (I was 11 years old). But I think its mostly "out-pained" by the other problems I have. The docs tested my for Rheumatoid arthritis (mostly in my hands) and that pain is quite intense. My pinky finger doesn't stand a chance against it.

Then of course, there's my knees and lower back, but that's another whole problem.

Frog-I've fallen up the stairs before too, injured my wrist-Feathers

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quote:
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To me, it seems like most bone injuries or joint disorders are the ones that are most reported in cases like this.

In the case of rheumatoid arthritis your immune system going after the tissue that lines the joint, the synovium, and causing it to be inflamed. They believe the barometric pressure is effecting the synovial fluid in the joint causing it to put additional pressure on the synovium causing more inflammation and pain.

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quote:
Originally posted by Blue Byrd:

My downstairs neighbour has fibromyalgia, as does her older sister. They're both under thirty. While it's highly probable that the weather somehow affects how bad things get, the correlation isn't so clear that they can use weather forecasts to predict how they'll feel.

If anyone on here knows a bit more about fibromyalgia: how common is dizziness and nausea, and is there anything that could help? From what I've seen in my neighbour, the pain isn't half as incapacitating as teetering on the brink of dry heaves for hours at a time.

Blue "Under pressure - doo doo doo dah dah doo doo" Byrd

Dizziness has several possible causes, ranging from crystalization of fluid inside the inner ear to pressure on the inner ear from allergies (mold especially causes swelling in the eustachian tube) or muscle tension (this can be broken by deliberately yawning until the jaw relaxes), to visual vertigo to ear infections.
The nausea could be triggered by severe enough vertigo, at which point it becomes motions sickness, or the smooth muscles of their digestive tract may be refusing to work in proper sequence. Ginger or chamomile tea may be soothing. They also may have senstitivity to certain foods-- only by carefully examining likely causes will they diagnose themselves. Of course, a doctor's opinion is worth getting, but patients tend to know their bodies better than their doctors do when it comes to chronic conditions. They would know that-- it usually takes years to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

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I injured my right knee at a job years ago. It swelled to about twice normal size before it started getting better. I couldn't walk very far for about a week during the worst period. Anyways, the end result is that it aches like a sore tooth whenever it feels really "damp" outside. It will also ache sometimes if there's a sudden, bitter cold snap.

There's one funny thing I need to mention, though. I did something to my shoulder as a kid that damaged it so bad that I couldn't raise my left arm for two weeks(did I mention I never go to icky hospital things when I hurt myself? I only go if I'm dying). Now, this injury HAD to be worse than the knee because of the limited mobility and whatnot. The weird part is that I never get aching in that shoulder.

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I have bad knees because of heredity, which have been aggravated due to my job. They used to swell up before rain, but since it hasn't really rained in 3 months, all they do is crackle.

My K9 has hip dysplasia, and her performance does go down when fronts are coming in. She is a little slower moving, can't make jumps as easily, and drags her foot more (I can hear the nails scrape the pavement). I have her on Cosequin DS daily and Deramaxx for the pain.

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I've had rheumatoid arthritis in my knees since I was 3 years old. On the upside, thanks to them, I'm more reliable than the weather man. If I get a certain type of pain, then I know it will rain within 24 hours, and usually within 12. Some people in my office actually make weekend plans based on my knees. [Wink]

My brother, the ex-bullrider and always cowboy, has had numerous, and I mean numerous broken bones (jaw, cheekbone, collar bone, arm, pelvis, ribs, so on and so forth). He tends to have general aches and pains, but they don't seem to be quite the weather predictors my knees are. Of course, it could be because there's so darned many areas to be aggravated....

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So why do scars ache when it rains?

I have a few scars, and they tingle when it rains. My tattoos as well, though I guess technicly they are scars as well.

..oddly enough they also tingle when I pee, but that doesn't have much to do with the weather.

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The area around a couple of scars I have tighten up when it rains; one is an appendectomy scar and the other is a scar on my hand from an unfortunate kitchen knife accident. My joints creak and crack, but that's probably from 25 or so years of regular running.

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