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Barometric Pressure Pain:
how the weather can affect health

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

What is Barometric Pressure Pain?

Weather-dependent people experience different types of
weather pains in response to various weather changes. One of the types of meteopathy is barometric pressure pain - negative sensations that people experience when there are sudden changes in barometric pressure.
Barometric Pressure Pain – a type of painful reaction of the human body caused by the diseases in it, which can be aggravated by the 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 rain comes), hypoxia occurs in the vessels, which decreases the level of oxygen in the brain, leading to dizziness, nausea, heartbeat and headaches.

For example, there is a possibility of venous stasis in the veins of the brain which can lead to headaches.
As the barometric pressure rises, so does the blood pressure. The blood flow also increases, and if there is disease in the vessels, this can also lead to ailments.

High barometric pressure negatively affects the immune system by reducing the number of white blood cells in the blood. All of this significantly harms the human health, making it vulnerable to various infectious diseases.

A healthy person's vessels quickly return to normal due to their elasticity. But if they lose their elasticity, it is difficult for the body to readjust quickly to weather changes.

Changes in barometric pressure make muscles and tendons expand and contract. If any part is injured or damaged it will be hard to adapt to these changes and you may feel pain.

The damaged joints (especially - arthritis joints) also begin to ache when the barometric pressure changes. Read more about this below.

Barometric pressure changes also affect people with hearing & vestibular problems: pressure in ears, instability and tinnitus can all be a consequence of the main disease, which provoked that pains.
A rapid change in barometric pressure is often accompanied by various pains: joint pain, nerve pain, headaches of varying intensity
Let's examine 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 it, so the internal pressure inside the joint also changes.

In the presence of joint disease, the adaptation may be accompanied by pain. In addition, in the presence of injuries, inflammations or other trauma, 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 abnormal changes in the joints, muscle tissue and cartilage.

Barometric pressure can cause pain if a person has arthritis: when pressure changes, he can feel pain in joints.

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

About 10 million people in Great Britain suffer from arthritis, and most of them experience pain that affects their quality of life.

Barometric Pressure Sinus

The most common reason of barometric pain sinus - chronic rhinitis. These people have complications in the inferior nasal 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 running nose.

Barometric Pressure Headache

Barometric Pressure Headache is possible when a person's body already has vascular disease, as well as a consequence of an inactive lifestyle.

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

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

When you want to treat a headache yourself:

  • reduce physical and mental stress;
  • create a peaceful environment;
  • open the window and let in some fresh air;
  • take a comfortable lying position;
  • make a light massage of the painful areas;
  • if necessary, take painkillers (doctor's advice required).

How to treat barometric pressure pain?

The best way to treat barometric pressure pain and get rid of the negative "under the weather" sensations is to see a doctor who will examine your joints and prescribe formal medical treatment and recommendations for a healthy lifestyle!
Common tips to relieve barometric pressure pain (not a medical recommendation):

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

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