Forecasting The Weather

January 10, 2013 by

You awaken on a beautiful, sunny, January morning but your arthritis is flaring up, making your joints painful and stiff. Two days later, a snowstorm blows through. Did your knees know the storm was coming?


Many people say that their joints can predict the weather more accurately than the meteorologists on TV. They say that they can feel weather changes coming while there’s no hint of a storm out the window. Scientists can’t agree on the mechanism for this “knee and elbow” forecasting model but most admit there’s evidence to believe in.


A study done at Tufts University in 2007 found that for every 10 degree drop in temperature, there were incremental increases in arthritis pain. Other researchers claim that changes in barometric pressure are the triggers for weather forecasting by our joints. When the barometer drops in advance of a storm, fluid in the tissues around the joints is able to expand. Sensitized nerve endings react by causing pain.


If you suffer from osteoarthritis, stop in to Millers Pharmacy. Heat can help soothe the pain and we have a range of gel packs and other warming devices to help deliver relief when you need it. If cold or bad weather goes straight to your hands, try Spandex gloves when you sleep to keep fluid from building up in your hands. Last, don’t forget to exercise. Many studies have shown that people who keep moving experience less pain, stiffness and disability from arthritis. Ask our Millers Pharmacy staff members to show you some solutions for your osteoarthritis pain. Warmer weather is coming, we promise.




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