We’ve all heard people claim that they can predict the weather based on the ache in their joints.
I’ve joined the ranks of people with personal barometers. When there’s a low-pressure system setting in — rain, clouds, fog, dampness — my ankle starts to give me extra trouble. You would think that after several years of this pattern, I would realize that when my ankle is extra painful for no apparent reason (I haven’t walked much, stood much, etc.), it’s the weather.
But is it? The ambiguity surrounding the link between weather and joint pain leaves me dubious and seeking alternative explanations for the unexpected spike in pain.
Am I, along with numerous other people, overeager to be a weatherman? Or are we interested in finding a simple explanation for increased pain? We cannot control the weather, so if rain and clouds are causing a storm in our joints, the only thing we can do is move to Phoenix or San Diego…not so feasible for most. Essentially, the problem is out of our hands (unless, of course, the affected joints are in the hands).
My cursory glance at the literature suggests that this topic remains hotly contested among doctors and joint-pain sufferers.
Does anyone with a strong science background want to step in and share their knowledge? I hope to have a guest blogger discuss this topic at a more detailed level. Please let me know if you’re interested in writing for Subtalar Superhero.
For now, I’ll keep singin’ in the rain about my ankle pain.