“A coming storm your shooting corns presage,
And aches will throb, your hollow tooth will rage.” — Jonathan Swift
Am I the next Karen Smith from Mean Girls? Do I have a “5th sense?” Can my boobs predict when it’s gunna rain or when “it’s already raining?”
Well… maybe not my boobs… but I’m pretty sure my joints can.
We’ve all heard it as some point. Some of us have even said it ourselves.
Right before the dark clouds roll in and lighting crashes, and a bitter cold snap cuts through the air, someone (including myself) will say:” I think it’s gunna rain soon, my joints are aching.”
This has been a popular theory that body aches can predict when bad weather is approaching. This has been a popular debate amongst medical researchers if there is truth behind this belief. The arthritis community is known to be one of the biggest commonly linked to believing their symptoms flare up when their is bad weather.
So, my question, is it true?
On Medindia by Doctor Nithin Jayan in European Journal of Pain, he suggested even though there is no definite proof of this, it does show a genuine relationship with arthritis patients.
There are others out there who think it’s a bunch of bologna. They think that its a psychological effect on people that cause them to say or think the weather effects their aches and pains. Arguing that because of cold weather brings upon depression, it causes people to concentrate on their body pain more.
But despite the non-believers, I think the theory is true.
Because their has been recent evidence showing that one thing that triggers the cause of arthritis is changes in ones environment. In one of the informational blogs I follow, Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior, there was a post discussing the medical research behind what triggers the gene of arthritis to come out. (Click this to see my comment on the post)
I live in North Dartmouth, where we get a lot of cold and rainy weather here. Just last week, even before it rained or without me knowing it was raining (Because I didn’t catch up on my daily news) I felt a lot of stiffness in my knees and my hands felt like they had cement blocks crushing them, keeping me from moving them. These symptoms came about four hours before it even started to actually rain.
So with this, can I technically predict the weather? Maybe… I mean it hasn’t failed me yet.