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Weather Affects Joint Pain

It sounds like an old wives’ tale: Countless people who suffer from joint pain claim they can predict the weather. Even if they are not reliable weather forecasters, they still say their joints hurt much more during certain types of weather.

“There is definitely a correlation between weather changes and peoples’ symptoms,” says James M. Edwards, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “There is no good science that tells us why people with joint pain experience these symptoms, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence.”

James M. Edwards, MD
James M. Edwards, MD

Doctors suspect the increase in symptoms is related to a decrease in barometric pressure. “Usually the symptoms occur just a bit before the bad weather, because that is when the barometric pressure is changing,” says Edwards.

People who have metal in their joints also are more likely to experience symptoms in cold weather.

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