Human Barometer?

Often, we hear our patients predict the weather based on how they’re feeling or report increased pain when the weather changes. For years, people have said things like “I feel a storm coming in” or “my knees are telling me it’s going to rain.” Is there scientific evidence to support these feelings? The short answer is, kind of. In 2007, Tufts University conducted a study looking at this topic. Overall, the found that for every ten degrees the temperature dropped, individuals reported an incremental increase in pain. They also discovered that low barometric pressure, low temperatures and precipitation caused a subjective increase in pain. Two thirds of people living with chronic pain rep

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