Do Joint Pains Predict Rains?
We take a dig at the metrology department whenever they falter about predictions of rain and monsoon. It is quite funny for us; however, is there a predictive mechanism in our bodies that may actually predict rain?
We are not talking about some invisible mystical force that can predict the future. We are talking about the way our body reacts to minute climatic changes.
Many people suffering from arthritis tend to have increased joint pains before rains. And, these people say that their joint pains actually play the magical Harry Potter by predicting rains! Like an oracle they would peer into clear sky and predict an upcoming storm.
Is it true that our bodies have such an inbuilt predictive mechanism? Let us see. First things first; we have to examine this scientifically rather than go by here say. Let us first try to find a connection between joint pains and the weather. Then, we will have enough data to prove this hypothesis.
At our Hyderabad center of Sunshine Hospitals, we have had numerous patients who come in complaining that it is the monsoon that has flared up their pain. They would initially be shy to say so as people might think that they are crazy. Later on, they would open up blaming the monsoon for the flare-ups.
If you have any kind of joint pain that is unmanageable, please contact our expert orthopedicians for pain management.
Though this idea has been around for almost 2,000 years, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support a connection between pain and weather. Right now, this hypothesis stays in the realms of vague science. But, there is something more.
Orthopedicians and experts in pain management generally tend to associate this as psychosomatic pain. As hordes of patients come to hospitals during the monsoon season, the presence of a connection cannot be ruled out. In a recent research done, there were certain explanations given for this “phenomenon,” though they are contested.
It says that if a person has an inflamed joint which can swell, the lower barometric pressures tend to increase chances of swelling thereby increasing pain. Similar mechanisms are supposed to prevail during winters increasing pain.
Research is still on to determine if this is just a matter of perception or is there some hidden science that has been eluding medicine all the while. Results from the research done by European Project on OSteoArthritis (EPOSA) say that 67.2% of the patients with osteoarthritis have perceived an increased pain with changing weather.
The results also conclude that women are more prone to weather sensitivity when compared to men. It concludes on a note that weather changes may have an impact on the joint structures and pain perception. Doctors have to take this into consideration for treatment.
Another research that is being done by the University of Manchester, a first of its kind smartphone-based research, is on the verge of completion. The app is used for generating pain forecasts to help people conduct their daily activities successfully. Now, that’s some serious science!
With the recordings of the symptoms by all the participants and its correlation with the weather patterns would ultimately give us an idea if there’s really a human biometeorology that prevails for pain.
As far as scientific methodology is concerned, there is no definitive evidence to suggest that joint pains can actually predict rain. However, since patients perceive more pain during these seasons; it is the duty of healthcare providers to address this issue. Orthopedicians and pain management experts need to buckle up and provide effective solutions.
This is exactly what we do. We totally empathize with patients who suffer from an increased pain and provide excellent medical care for pain management. Here are a few tips that would help you combat pain during the monsoon season.
- Stay warm and go for layered dressing.
- Keep ambulating.
- Drink lots of water.
- Do non-weight bearing exercises.
- Do stretching exercises.
- Keep your mood pleasant. This would help you manage your pain.
- Take warm water baths.
- Get physiotherapy.
- Consult a doctor for vitamin or omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
If you feel that these measures are not giving you relief, please consult our pain management experts here.