Had a severe t-storm yesterday. mostly in the evening and night. Lasted
many hours. Much very loud close-by thunder and temporary deep flooding in
Started having a mild pain in my left shoulder yesterday afternoon. Much
worse and in my neck by late evening. Extreme pain at any movement last
night - very little sleep. By morning had eased up. By now still bad, but
much better than last night.
I could well be wrong but I think my arthritis (?) pain and weather are
related. Any theories?
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
Low barometric pressure (e.g., "stormy weather") and high humidity
tend to cause folks increased "joint pain". But, it isn't these
*conditions* that seem to be the causal factor; rather, the *change*
in conditions is the more significant event.
Soft tissues expand in reduced barometric pressure. Humidity causes
blood to "thicken". Humidity also interferes with your body's means of
thermal regulation (sweating to shed excess heat). Your body can push
out fluids (sweat) to TRY to lower its temperature, but, if those don't
EVAPORATE (because of the high RH), your body has no choice but to push
out *more* fluids, etc. This can lead to relative dehydration which
reduces the fluids available in joints (cartilage, etc.).
OTOH, your body will adapt to these changes (over time -- weather
EVENTS aren't long enough to support adaptation!). So, moving
to a dry climate may NOT give you the relief that you would
otherwise expect. It may, however, give you a more "constant"
environment in which to live (eliminating those "weather events").
If you want the *real* skinny, ask your MD. Chances are, you'll
get a knowing nod/shrug and "there's nothing we can do about it"...
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