With Wind Comes Pain: Arthritis and Weather

It is not an uncommon occurrence to hear someone with arthritis complaining about pains and how bad weather affects their bones. Many people experiencing issues with joints can easily relate to this. Weather is an elusive enemy that keeps bashing your joints and bones with changes in atmosphere pressure and other environmental conditions. How are arthritis and weather connected? Is there a good place to run away from these problems?

The Placebo Effect

While there are no distinct empirical studies about the matter, some of very respected professionals claim that weather is an undeniable factor when it comes to rheumatism and arthritis. One of famous specialists once mentioned in an article that some of his patients were able to forecast weather much better than companies who specialize in forecasting. Some of his patients also reported that they felt better when living in places with average atmosphere pressure being higher.

In order to study the phenomenon, the scientist decided to conduct a placebo experiment and set up two chambers where he could control the atmospheric pressure. He would then invite people with arthritis and rheumatism to spend about 30 minutes in these chambers twice a day. The results were quite surprising with the vast majority of people who spend some time in a chamber with higher atmosphere pressure reporting significant improvements while patients who visited chambers that did not change the pressure reported no changes in their conditions.

This was a very nice empirical experiment yet the sample pool was quite limited and the study should be repeated on a larger scale before we can start implementing treatment methods based on the assumption that weather does affect arthritis in specific ways. There are possible new treatments for people who are willing to make significant changes to their lives in order to escape constant pains.

The researches continue

The placebo experiment was only the first step and the scientific society continues to explore the matter today. In 2004, one of the studies with several forms of arthritis were subjects to another study that involved atmosphere pressure. Again, low pressure often caused exacerbation of symptoms while higher pressure often served as a relief. Pain was also more likely to visit patients exposed to low temperatures.

In the same year, a group of medics conducted another research and found that humidity can also be a huge factor. Moist air negatively affects people with arthritis. All of the studies above indicate that a change in climate is often all it needs to improve the condition of an arthritis patient. Further studies only expanded on this idea with one of the most recent researches claiming that average weather variables heavily affect one’s condition while irregular day-to-day changes will unlikely make one feel pain in joints more often.

There is no doubt that weather does affect arthritis patients. Should they start moving to places with better climate?

Where to move if you have arthritis

Some specialists say that places with warmer climate and higher average atmosphere pressure may be more suitable for people with arthritis. However, making a decision about moving your life to a completely new place based on weather alone is hardly a good solution for anyone. We suggest you to visit a place that interests you multiple times and check how you feel there during winter, summer, spring, and fall.

An untimely conclusion

Several things to note: weather is not the most important factor for arthritis patients and affects only some people; places with less humidity and higher average temperatures are generally better for people with arthritis. Weather should be considered, but there are far more impactful factors to be concerned with.