Wet and windy days are the worst for people with pain, according to a study

Have you ever heard a saying of popular wisdom that ensures that "when change the time joints hurt and bones "? Can you really the science Confirm this theory. And, according to an investigation, your ailments are worse when there is wet days and with wind.

The scientists monitored almost 2,700 patients with arthritis, migraine and fibromyalgia They reported their discomfort every day for six months. The team at the University of Manchester used GPS data of the participants' phones and thus determine the weather on a daily basis.

More than 200,000 people suffer rheumatoid arthritis (AR) in Spain, an autoimmune disease that induces chronic inflammation of the joints and their progressive destruction, causing physical symptoms such as joint stiffness, pain and / or fatigue that, in most cases, end up also resulting in emotional symptoms such as frustration, anxiety or stress, as reported by the Spanish Rheumatology Foundation.

As regards patients with migraines, affect one tenth of the population and are located after having suffered continuous headaches that lasted from four to 72 hours and that restricted part of daily life. They can be accompanied by vomiting and ultrasensitivity to light or sounds, which means that your neurons become hypersensitive to external factors. And as for the fibromyalgia, it is a chronic pathology characterized by a generalized musculoskeletal pain, with an exaggerated hypersensitivity in multiple predefined points without “demonstrable organic alterations”. In Spain it is estimated that it affects almost 3% of the population.


These diseases and many others are influenced by two factors: humidity and wind. The research results showed that patients were 20% more likely to suffer pain on wet days and with air and low atmospheric pressure. However, the inconvenience did not increase in patients on dry days, or when there was a change in temperature or rain.

The principal investigator, the professor Will Dixon, ensures that "it is believed that the weather affects the symptoms in patients with arthritis since Hippocrates. About three quarters of people living with this disease believe that their pain is affected by time. However, despite many investigations examining the existence and nature of this relationship, there is no scientific consensus yet. "

The truth is that although it does influence the pain, the problem is that people have too strong convictions of how they do it.

"The analysis showed that on wet and windy days with low pressure, the chances of experiencing more pain, compared to any given day, were around 20%"he says. The correlations they kept even considering the mood and physical inactivity, other factors that are considered harmful for pain levels.

"The data set will also provide information to scientists interested in understanding the mechanisms of pain, which could ultimately open the door to new treatments," says the expert. Our studio did not examine the mechanism by which weather influences pain. Other researchers have suggested why different aspects of time can influence ailments, but few have been conclusively tested, "he concludes.

Thing of the mind?

According to research from the Harvard Medical School, there is no relationship between 'bad weather' and pain. Prior to the recent study, different ones had been carried out on this same phenomenon. However, the results are very different from each other and the claim that climate and discomfort go hand in hand was wrong.

More than 200,000 people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis in Spain, an autoimmune disease that induces joint inflammation

According Anupam Jena, from the Department of Health Care Policy of Harvard Medical School, "our brain has a great facility to create patterns and establish links. So, if you expect your knee to hurt when it rains and does not, you forget about it , but if it does and the fault is the water, this relationship tends to remain etched in the head. So the truth is that although it does influence the pain, the problem is that people have too strong convictions about how he does it, "concludes the expert.