Myth? Changes in the weather play havoc with arthritic pain

Myth? Changes in the weather can trigger an episode of osteoarthritic pain

Fact: The evidence suggests this is highly unlikely

Many patients with chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia report that variation in temperature, air humidity and barometric pressure can trigger an episode of pain.

Even the idea that some people can can predict the weather, especially storms, based on an exacerbation of their symptoms, has gained traction among patients.

Recent research looking at osteoarthritic pain shows the

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