NFA QuestionsCategory: FibromyalgiaHas there been any research on how weather affects pain?
admin Staff asked 3 years ago

Has there been any research on how weather affects pain? I find that the cold weather has a terrible effect on my pain. The warmer it is the better!

1 Answers
Lynne Matallana answered 3 years ago
  • People with FM often report to the NFA that they have actually moved from one part of the country to another to avoid certain types of weather. The thing that we have found interesting is people report that they do better in different types of weather. Some like it cold and some like it hot.

 
A 2013 study published in Arthritis Care & Research involved 333 women with FM. They concluded that there is no uniform impact of weather on FM symptoms. They did, however, leave open the possibility that weather could have an effect on some people, saying:   “… findings do not rule out the possibility that weather-symptom relationships may exist for individual patients. Some patients may be more sensitive to weather or weather changes than other patients, and some patients may also be affected positively, and other patients affected negatively by specific weather conditions.”
 
The important thing is to listen to your body. No one knows your body and the pain you feel better than you!