Arthritis and weather

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Overview

The link between this disease and weather was made by people in ancient times, considering that it was first observed by Hippocrates.

Since that time, there were conflicting opinions about this and there is no universal agreement whether or not weather has an effect on certain medical conditions such as arthritis.

Medical conditions that were reported to be sensitive to weather changes include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, gout, fibromyalgia, pain amputated areas, in areas where there is scar pain, headache, trigeminal neuralgia and pain disorders influenced by disposal. However, most often has been studied the relationship between weather and arthritis.


Contents

1. Overview
2. Scientific studies


Scientific studies

Some studies have found a link between pain and weather, but all of the studies. It is very difficult to determine the exact cause and effect in such studies for several reasons.

- There are many different types of arthritis.

- Studies have tended to focus on patient-reported pain, rather than the blood test results or medical examination, so information was often subjective than measurable.

A variety of weather variations could be involved: temperature, barometric pressure, precipitation, humidity, storm, sun and air ionization level.

- Some researchers are convinced that no such link and they think people tend to seek explanations which are not supported scientifically.

Several factors have been invoked to explain a possible link between weather and arthritis symptoms

- Temperature – Temperature changes can have an impact on body tissues. Tendons, muscles, bones and scar tissue, all have different densities, and feeling cold and wet can relax or contract. Heat, in this case a hot bath, can often help in relieving pain.

- Barometric pressure – Barometric pressure fluctuations can increase the stiffness of joints and can cause minor pain to intensify existing pain in joints.

These changes may temporarily upset the body’s pressure and sensitized nerve endings. If the barometric pressure drops, tissues become inflamed, causing more pain.

- Disposition – Seasonal weather patterns can influence mood in some people, affecting directly and their perception of pain.

- Climate – Because arthritis can occur in all climates around the world, it is unlikely that a person living in a cold and wet, to be prone to this condition.

Moving to a warmer climate is not always the answer to relieve symptoms of arthritis because it says that the body establishes an equilibrium with local climate, so that relative changes in weather can trigger an increase in pain, whatever the weather.

Scientific evidence to support that climate change has a significant effect on pain caused by arthritis are still ambiguous, but the number of people who report these experiences can still be a clue that will lead to a clarification of medical science.

However, no matter how good or how bad the weather will not change long-term prospects for people affected by arthritis.

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