Patients often attribute increasing pain in an arthritic joint to changing weather patterns. Studies examining the impact of weather on pain severity have yielded equivocal and sometimes contradictory results. The relationship between subchondral pseudocysts and the role they play in this phenomenon has not been explored. METHODS:
Fifty-three patients with end-stage osteoarthritis of the hip completed daily pain severity visual analogue scale (VAS) scores over a one month period. Radiographs were reviewed to determine the presence of pseudocysts. Data pertaining to precipitation, atmospheric pressure and temperature were collected from the nearest weather station. A generalised linear mixed model was used to explore the relationship between weather variables, cysts and pain severity. RESULTS:
Pain levels increased as a function of absolute change in atmospheric pressure from one day to the next. Precipitation, temperature and the presence of subchondral pseudocysts were not shown to influence pain severity. CONCLUSIONS:
This data supports the belief held by many osteoarthritic patients that changing weather patterns influence their pain severity.
Do also bear in mind that at the end of summer we also see a decline in Vitamin D and Melatonin status. Both of these play a role in our sensitivity to pain. So keeping your vitamin D and melatonin levels high throughout the winter will reduce the amount of pain you experience. The Relationship between Joint Pain and Climate Conditions in Japan
In conclusion, the present results suggest that the degree of exposure to sunlight may play a crucial role in the prevention of joint pain, in some cases more inﬂuential than the factors generally considered to be so (aging, sex, occupation, etc.) on limb joints, particularly in regions with few sunlight hours, a small amount of precipitation, low temperature, and a medium number of days with precipitation (i.e., cluster 1). Further investigation needs to be performed to provide direct supporting evidence.
Remember exposure to BRIGHT SUNLIGHT does MORE than just raise your vitamin D status (even though that is very important) it also resets your circadian rhythm so come evening your pineal gland floods your body with melatonin.
I have this feeling that arthritic pain may be primarily associated with the electric potential of the air about our body which apparently changes with the onset of an electrical storm rather than with atmospheric preaaure. That is to say, as a storm approaches it may draw more electrons from the earth to make the air more negative about us. Normally our head is more positive than are our toes are so the coming of a storm may make our head less positive. Such an effect may reduce the overall potential our body cells need to feel happy.
It may be interesting to note Dr. Robert Becker found that the electric potential from head to toe diminishes as we grow older no doubt making us more susceptible to pain and less to pleasure.
I am not aware of any researcher investigating this interesting effect.