Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Are your joints a weather barometer?

We hear it a lot: "my knee/hip/ankle/wrist hurts so there must be rain coming" - or we hear some variation thereof. But - is that really true? Can humans tell the upcoming weather by pain in their joints?

According to this article, Rainy Day Pain, which I found through Truemors, yes, it's true. The article says, "joints have sensory nerves called baro-receptors which respond to changes in atmospheric pressure. Like when the barometer moves from dry to rain."

For me and one of my oldest friends, it's our migraines that tell us about barometric pressure, but with all the sprains and few breaks I've had, I don't yet have the ability to tell the weather with my joints. And I'm quite happy with that, thank you very much!

How about you?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's not infallible, but often when my knees ache it means there's a storm on the way. (Or it means I've been running too damn much, but I prefer the weather explanation).