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Back Pain with Weather Changes

weather changes and back healthThere is much debate on whether or not back pain with weather changes has any validity. Variable weather patterns can typically affect your bodies and your overall health. Many people have reported experiencing back, and joint pain during extreme weather conditions and those who already suffer from back and joints pain have claimed that the pain escalates with climate changes. In fact, some people have claimed to have the ability to predict when a storm is coming because they experience an increase in aches and pains in their bones.

Can people really feel weather changes?

Some scientific studies state that patients who claim they can feel weather changes are full of hot air. Nearly 1,000 people were observed in a study in Sydney, Australia, who were complaining of acute lower back pain and the scientists who participated in the study compared the weather condition that was occurring during the time of the patient’s visits. When comparing the time of the visits to the weather conditions one week before and one month before, the patients were pain-free. There was no link found between the episodes of back pain and the climatic conditions. Which researchers felt was proof that there are no correlations between back pain and weather changes.


What causes back pain with weather changes?

There is a theory that suggests that inflamed joints that have a decrease in barometric pressure would cause joints to swell. The neurofibers surrounding the swollen joints would sense an increase in swelling which is what causes an increase in pain. Patients seem to find that on warmer and drier days, they often have improvements in their pain. In more moderate weather conditions in places like San Diego and Arizona, people have also reported an increase in back pain during weather changes. It is likely that individuals who live in similar climates are more accustomed to that weather which means they’re probably more sensitive to climate changes. 


While some studies suggest that people do not have back pain that is related to weather conditions, many other findings suggest that it is something that occurs. After decades of reports of weather-related back pain, it is recommended that affected patients should prepare for a possible increase in back pain by taking an analgesic to ease the pain or by bundling up to stay warmer during extreme weather changes for preventive purposes.