Cloudy With a Chance of Pain?

Bad weather often leads many people reporting more pain, especially if they suffer from arthritis. An experiment done by thousands of smartphone users suffering from chronic pain found out that their pain would be worse or better with the weather.

Key takeaways:

  • There is not a yet established link between weather and pain.
  • Understanding how weather influences pain will help researchers plan new pain interventions and treatment.
  • People with arthritis normally report that weather changes affect their level of pain.

“In almost every clinic, one of my patients will tell me that their joints are better or worse because of the weather yet researchers have never worked out whether this relationship truly exists.” Said Will Dixon, MD, PhD, a scientist at The University of Manchester

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