Barometric Pressure Pain:
how the weather may affect to health

Let's see what barometric pain is, why it occurs, where it hurts and how to treat and prevent it

What is Barometric Pressure Pain is?

Weather-sensitive people experience different types of weather pains in response to different weather changes. One of the types of meteopathy is barometric pressure pains - negative feelings that people experience during sudden changes in barometric pressure.
Barometric Pressure Pain – is a type of pain reaction of the human body caused by the diseases in it, which can be aggravated by weather changes, especially, barometric pressure changes

How does Barometric Pressure Pain appear?

Changes in barometric pressure cause adaptation and pressure changes in human blood vessels.

With a drop in barometric pressure (usually, like the rain pains before the rain comes), hypoxia appears in the vessels, which decreases the level of oxygen in the brain, which leads to dizziness, nausea, heart, and headaches.

For example, venous congestion may occur in the veins of the brain, which leads to headaches.
As barometric pressure rises, blood pressure also rises. The blood flow also increases, and if there are diseases in the vessels, this can also lead to ailments.

Increased barometric pressure negatively affects the immune system by reducing the number of leukocytes in the blood. All this significantly undermines human health, making it vulnerable to various infectious diseases.

In a healthy person, the vessels quickly return to normal due to their elasticity. But if they lose their elasticity, it is difficult for the body to quickly rebuild in accordance with weather changes.

The changes in the barometric pressure cause the muscles and tendons to expand and contract. If any part has an injury or damage it will be hard to adapt to that change and you can feel the pain.

The damaged joints (especially - arthritis joints) also become painful when the barometric pressure changes. Read more about it next.

Barometric pressure changes also affect those with hearing & vestibular issues: ear pressure, unsteadiness, and Tinnitus – all of this could be a consequence of the main disease, which provoked that pains.
A sharp change in barometric pressure is often accompanied by various pains: joint pain, nervous pain, headaches of varying intensity.
Let's look at each barometric pressure pain type in detail.

Barometric Pressure Joint Pain

Barometric pressure joint pain is caused by changes in the structure of the joint. For example, when barometric pressure changes, the body tries to adapt to this, so the internal pressure inside the joint also changes.

If there are diseases of the joint, adaptation can occur with pain. Also, in the presence of wounds, inflammations, or other injuries, the nerve endings of the cartilage tissue of the joint and its receptors can be irritated.

Barometric Pressure & Arthritis

Arthritis and arthrosis are degenerative diseases caused by negative changes in the joints, muscle tissue, and cartilage.

Barometric pressure can cause pain in people with arthritis: when pressure changes, they can feel aching joints.

This pain is caused by difficulty in adapting an arthritis-damaged joint to weather changes and occurs inside the joint capsule with synovial fluid. Pain can be aggravated by sudden weather changes in barometric pressure, to which the blood vessels and nerves of the joint also react.
In the United States, more than 42 million people suffer from arthritis, with one in six people becoming disabled as a result of the disease.

In Britain, about 10 million people suffer from arthritis, and most people experience pain that affects their quality of life.

Barometric Pressure Sinus

The most common cause of barometric pain sinus - chronic rhinitis. These people have complications in the inferior turbinates or blood vessels inside the nose. As a result, with a change in barometric pressure, physical activity, or changes in the weather, they develop nasal congestion or a runny nose.

Barometric Pressure Headache

Barometric Pressure Headache is possible when the human body already has blood vessels diseases, as well as a consequence of a person's in-activity living style.

Inelastic vessels are more difficult to adapt to weather changes, they deliver less blood and oxygen to the brain, which causes headaches in the temples or the back of the head.

To relieve headaches (especially, systematic), it is recommended to consult with your doctor for examination and diagnosis.

When you want to treat headaches by yourself:

  • reduce physical and mental stress;
  • create a calm environment;
  • open the window and let in fresh air;
  • take a comfortable lying position;
  • make a gentle massage of painful areas;
  • if necessary, take painkillers (consult a doctor is required).

How to treat barometric pains?

The best way to treat barometric pain is to visit a doctor who will examine your joints and prescribe official medical treatment and recommendations for a healthy lifestyle!
General tips to relieve pain from barometric pressure (not a medical recommendation):

  1. minimal physical activity on days of exacerbation of pain;
  2. breathe plenty of fresh air - problems with blood vessels can cause a lack of oxygen to the brain (which causes headaches, apathy, etc.), you need to help it compensate for this;
  3. take a contrast shower (without fanaticism with temperature);
  4. warm compress on pained joint;
  5. massage of joints and other painful parts.

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