Feeling Under the Weather:

What Does It Mean and How to Cure Weather Pains

In this article we will examine the phenomenon of such a feeling as "Under the Weather". We will also learn how and why it occurs, as well as how you can reduce weather pains


Feeling sleepy when the weather changes? Or suddenly feel a sharp headache on a sunny day? Or maybe your joints hurt when it rains?

Most likely, you may have noticed some changes in your health, and this is nothing unusual - any human body always reacts to the weather and adapts to its changes.

This physiological process has a scientific name - meteoropathy (or meteopathy), popularly called "being under the weather." We propose to make sense of this issue in detail and find out what it really means in this definition.

What does "Under the Weather" mean?

Have your friends, relatives or colleagues ever told you that they feel "under the weather" but you don't realize what that means?

It's simple - with this phrase they want to say that for some reasons unknown to them (and without any disease), they feel weakness, pain or other negative sensations.

In other words, they suddenly feel bad and do not understand why this is happening.
"Under the Weather" - the urban word means "feeling ill for some unknown reason" which probably results from the body's natural adaptation to changing weather conditions, causing pain and negative sensations in the human body (also called meteoropathy or rain pains).
People who are sensitive to weather changes are called meteoropaths or "under the weather" people.

Meteoropaths are 30-35% of the world's population. Even in ancient times, there were many famous people, who felt "under the weather": Hippocrates, Napoleon, Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci, Byron, Columbus.

Most of the weather-sensitive people are people with cardiovascular system diseases (about 70% of all meteoropaths) and also people with bone or joint trauma.

Despite of this, official medicine does not consider meteoropathy as a disease. That's why this disease and diagnosis are not included in the International Classification of Diseases. The reason for officially disregarding this disease is that some researchers have not been able to establish a link between poor health and weather changes.

At the same time, there are many international medical and scientific studies and research confirming the connection between weather changes and health.

"Under the Weather" Symptoms

A healthy person does not feel discomfort during a sudden change in weather, as his body's adaptation mechanisms function properly.

But what about those who have health problems? Let's take a look at the "under the weather" symptoms and why people experience negative and painful sensations.

Above we have identified that pain in bad weather is caused by a disruption of the body's natural adaptation to changing weather conditions.

For example, the structure of bones changes with increased air humidity. That's why you may feel ache in places of past injuries and bone fractures, where bone calluses are formed.

Another example is that when the barometric pressure drops, human blood vessels also transform. If there are problems with heart or circulatory system, it is more difficult for them to work -> the body receives less blood/oxygen -> weakness, headaches, migraines, etc. This is also called Barometric Pressure Pain.

Other "Under the Weather" Symptoms

Here are another bad feelings, talking about "under the weather" symptoms:

  • jumps in blood pressure;
  • frequent heartbeat;
  • bad mood, irritability;
  • headache, dizziness, darkening of the eyes;
  • nausea, vomiting;
  • weakness or drowsiness;
  • pain in the joints;
  • difficulty breathing;
  • ear congestion;
  • chest tightness;
  • exacerbation of other diseases.
Symptoms of "under the weather" also arise in a person's vivid psycho-emotional reaction to the events around him.

During the period of meteorological changes, such people can “annoy everything”, their efficiency decreases, and sometimes insomnia occurs.

Treatment and Prevention "Under the Weather"

Since meteoropathy is associated with ALREADY existing chronic patient diseases, it is not possible to get rid of it without getting rid of the basic disease.

But do not despair - the recommendations below will help your body better tolerate the negative effects of the weather and reduce the strength of pain "under the weather"

Primary prevention of meteopathies is reduced to:

  • to general health maintenance activities (nutrition, sleep, physical activity);
  • prevention of heart disease (no bad habits, minimum stress and hard work);
  • timely treatment of acute diseases before their transition to chronic forms.
Secondary prevention based on compliance with medical recommendations, where therapy is carried out in relation to the underlying pathology and is aimed at achieving stable remission.

Additional recommendations to reduce the feeling of "under the weather"

Here's what our doctors tell us (meh, and what we never follow):

  • Just visit the doctor. Again – stop searching for info on the web, just go to the qualified doctor and told him about your "under the weather" feelings.
  • Find the patterns between the weather changes and your health. It will be easier to control your "under the weather" feelings when you know what exactly affects your health: rain pains, barometric pressure pains, solar storms, or another. We recommend using apps for weather-sensitive & meteoropathy people or any weather forecasts to track coming weather changes BEFORE they come.
  • Healthy lifestyle. Normal sleep and wake patterns, fresh air - all this is available, free of charge and should keep your body in a healthy shape every day, not on a schedule.
  • More physical activity. The more you move, the more your vessels work and the more elastic they are (it will be easier for them to adapt to a sudden change in the weather and they will deliver more blood / oxygen to the organs). Running, walking, swimming - even a contrast shower will help you keep your body in good shape.
  • Rejection of bad habits. Frequent use of alcohol, smoking, and fast food weakens the body's resistance to weather changes, add stress to the body and increases weather pain.
  • Taking adaptogens. Peppermint, Chinese magnolia vine, chamomile, ginseng, pink radiola, eleutherococcus are organic and natural medicines that increase immunity and adaptive capabilities of the human body.
  • Medical drugs. In some cases, medications prescribed by your doctor will help get rid of weather pain. But remember - analgesics only relieve pain (consequences of the disease), and do not treat the disease itself.

Visit a doctor and consult with him before taking any natural or medical drugs.


Meteoropathy is not something mysterious and is not associated with astrology. Сhemistry and a bit of physics - this is how our body and weather work and how "under the weather" is explained from a scientific point of view.

Just remember the main tips and rules: healthy sleep, healthy eating, and at least minimal physical activity each day. These are the most practical and useful tips that doctors around the world give us every day when we come to them to check our conditions.

We hope this article not only helped you understand what the term "under the weather" means, but also gave you valuable tips on how to maintain and improve your health even if you are not meteropaty man.

Have a great day and take care of yourself and your loved ones!
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