Today’s Weather Forecast: Cloudy With A Chance Of Pain
…We interrupt this program to provide you with a weather warning, which, if you have RA, you might actually already know…
I talk about the weather and RA a lot. But others are talking about it, too!
An article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled, “How Your Knees Can Predict the Weather,” suggests that your grandmother was right about a connection between the weather and achy joints. The article also claims that weather conditions aggravating pain is one of the longest running controversies in modern medicine.
But the reality is, many of us don’t need our grandmother to tell us the weather. We are our grandmothers. I guess I don’t like that part of the article because it is sort of biased toward portraying RA as an old person’s disease, and that is just not the case. But that’s a rant for another post…
What has been pinpointed when it comes to the weather and joint pain, and what makes sense to me, is that changes in barometric pressure, particularly decreases, cause changes in the pressure inside joints.
I actually didn’t know about this until recently, but both the WeatherChannel and AccuWeather have indexes on their websites that calculate ache and pain levels based on the weather. You can also find similar information on the Arthritis Foundation’s website via their Weather and Arthritis Index tool.
I wonder though, about these indexes. Because those of us with RA don’t need a weather forecast to know how we are going to feel, and that’s the point.
We can predict the weather because of the way we feel.
We feel it in our fingers, we feel it in our toes. We feel it in all of our joints.
And, if you’re like me, you feel it in your head, too.
Do you plan your life around the weather?
Do you know what the weather is going to be tomorrow based on the way that you feel today?
Now here’s an idea. Maybe some of us who are basically human barometers, anyway, should go into meteorology. You have to admit that meteorologists tend to have really cushy jobs because they can be wrong all the time and still be employed.
But some of us with RA could really rock out in that field.
We might provide the most accurate weather forecasts in history.
That’s just me looking on the bright side of things, despite clouds, rain, and pain.
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