A recent study has found that weather affects condition of people suffering from arthritis and other such conditions which cause chronic pain. The study has been conducted by the scientists at the University of Manchester and they drew a link between pain and humid and cloudy days wherein the atmospheric pressure is low.
Prof. Will Dixon, the lead author of the study said that the belief that weather affects people with arthritis dates back to the time of Hippocrates and nearly three-fourth of the people with arthritis believed that weather affected their pain. The majority of the participants in the study were people having arthritis; others had pain-related conditions like migraine, neuropathy and fibromyalgia. A smartphone was used to collect data which was specially made for this study. The participants were asked to report their daily pain levels and weather in that area was recorded by the app using the GPS.
Dixon said that there was a 20% chance of developing more pain on windy and damp days where in there was low pressure when compared to an average day. There was no link found between pain and actual rainfall or with temperature alone. However it has been found that the pain caused due to turbulent and muggy weather can be worsened by temperature. The participants experienced the most pain on cold, humid and windy days.
Stephen Simpson, of the Versus Arthritis, said that in UK nearly 10 million are having arthritis and nearly 50% of them have life-altering pain on all days. However the health care system is not effective for helping people suffering from arthritis. As a result self-management becomes the only method to help those people to remain in their work and to become the full members of community. Dixon expressed his hope that this information would be helpful for the pain researchers for pursuing a deep study on its mechanisms and causes.