Matt's World Of Weather: Aches & Pains Before It Rains

It shouldn't come as a big surprise that I am in fact not a doctor. Besides taking a CPR training class a couple years ago and once successfully removing the "bread basket" piece in the Milton Bradley game Operation, my medical knowledge is pretty limited. That being said, a couple biology courses through grade school should be just enough of a foundation to highlight our bodies relationship with the changing atmosphere.

Take a minute and look straight up. What do you see? White ceiling? Blue sky? Perhaps some wallpaper because you just fell over trying to look straight up? Don't be alarmed but there is a 2,000 pound elephant in the room we need to talk about.

The atmosphere not only moves weather systems horizontally west and east/north and south, but the atmosphere also moves up and down, kind of like a liquid. In fact, in a stable environment the air above our head is constantly pushing down on our bodies to the tune of roughly 2,000 pounds (or one metric ton). I know it sounds like, well, a ton, but before we start claiming we maxed out at 2,000 pounds on the bench last week at the gym, we have to keep in mind that we've been under pressure for a very, very long time. Over the course of many years we have adapted a body that is used to this daily embrace. There is a Queen reference in there someplace.

Despite the adaptation, we are still very sensitive mammals and the slightest change in atmospheric pressure can set-off indicators, aches and pains, that the weather is changing. The slight "up and down" fluctuations in the air pressure is what may cause your arthritis or fibromyalgia to flare-up. Additionally, it may also be the reason behind the nagging pain located in the same area as your once broken arm. The most common occurrence for these irritants to become aggravated is when lower pressure advances into the area. Since there is a better chance of a thunderstorm when lower pressure is around, we can see why a joint will ache well before the onset of rain. Pretty cool.

In the video you'll see one example I've come across that helps to correlate low pressure and the cells in our bodies. Are there any weather changing aches and pains you would like to add to the list?
-Arthritis
-Fibromyalgia
-Broken bone pain
-Sinus frustration

Oh and please consult your physician before making any lifestyle changes to your health regiment when reviewing our 7 day forecast :)


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  • by Gingee on Feb 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    Bursitis also!!!
  • by okayheregoes on Jan 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
    Migraine. Scary accurate.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 28, 2012 at 02:15 PM
    Broken bone pain; fractured a wrist in my teens. It ALWAYS aches right before a snow storm, ice storm, sleet, or any severely cold weather. Thanks Matt!
  • by martha on Jan 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    My child had arthritis many years ago, and at 9 10 years of age, she would tell me, "you might wantto go ahead and wash and hang out the clothes today because it is going to rain tomorrow" and she was right! She could feel the change in her joints. It amazed me and still does because until recently I could never feel those sensations. Now I do and I truly know how she felt. Ouch! Ouch!
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    Yes, Matt, sure can.. I had back surgery a few years ago, and since then, when the low pressures start heading this way, I cant hardly go..I have metal in my back, and it tells me what kind of day I am going to have ugh...I used to love the winter, with snow, but since surgery, I hate to see the snow, cold, rainy days..it does make a difference..anyone out there that has joints, arthrithis problems knows as well...
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