Barometric pressure and Symptoms

Has anyone found a correalation with changes in the weather (barometric pressure drops) and symptoms? I often get more fatigued, less able to get things done, and the physical symptoms (pain, numbness) seem to be more obvious. Just wondering if anyone in this group noticed the same????????

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Hi Gig! Yes!YES!Yes! I live in Soggy Seattle, and even my Rheumatologist has said that it is the barometric pressure changes that are the cause of many of the severe symtoms of Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Sojgrens pain, any form of Arthritis, Spinal Disease,Thyroid Autoimmune Disease, I have Graves Disease...plus every other conditition I mentioned. My worst pain is always the few days before an approaching weather system arrives. We live in what is known as a Convergence Zone, which is the absolute worse area for anyone who suffers chronic pain to live. My husband is trying his best to find a relocation with work, or even to find emplyment elsewhere if that is the only choice. Pain is unbearable in the Northwest for chronic pain suffers. What part of the country do you live in? My prayers are with you to have less pain, and clear blue sunny skies in your future. Blessings, Miriam Ann.

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I can usually tell when the atmosphere is changing and the weather is getting worse by my own symptoms. The colder and wetter the day, the worse I feel. I am tired and I hurt all over. Even if I have made a list of what to do, it takes me forever to get the first thing done. I just purchased a Dyson Rollerball vacuum which is light and easy to push in order for me to be able to keep up the cleaning part of my day. Well, in other words, you aren't alone and I empathize with your difficulties.

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Miracles Happen & gigi, I live in NY and it is absolutely true that the barometric pressure changes effect my symptoms and functioning levels. Probably not much completed research on the subject as it relates to physical and emotional affects in the medical or scientific fields...I did a one month diary of my personal health related to the weather/barometric changes and there is an overt and immediate connection to my symptoms, energy levels, thinking clarity or lack of. Physical elements like arthritis, chronic back pain, respiratory, sinuses, fatigue are also related and seem to change accordingly.

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Kindspirit,
Yes, Yes! Me too! When this happens to you how do you explain it to people that don't have this or do not understand how sensitive our bodies really are? Kind of sick of being sick, tired of being tired of being sick, and most of all have had enough of justifying how I feel physically, emotionally or mentally to others who just do not get it...it's actually easier to just say I don't feel well as opposed to hey want to be me for a month and see how it feels? LOL.... Pardon the sarcasm...but it is so difficult to explain sometimes...Glad this subject was posted and hope everyone here knows they are not alone!

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Hi Sisters! (And Brothers!) Wishing you all a low pain day... I think the diary Michelerenee kept (or continues to keep) would be a great idea for all of us... as said, not much research done in this field of our pain, the members of this support group family could be the beginning. We often must be our own advocates in our pain management, and knowledge is power for better treatments for our illnesses, especially when that knowledge is collaborated in numbers by actual suffering people like us. In Christ's love, Miracles-Happen.

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Hi Gigimt,
I was just scrolling thru the site and saw your entry on the chronic fatigue site. OMG!!! You mentioned barometric pressure being associated with you increase in pain and fatigue. Well, don't feel alone. I react exactly the same way and know how miserable one can be. I live in the midwest and our weather is always so screwy with so much humidity and rain, especially this year. I have found NOT A THING that helps at those times. All I do is lay in bed with my heating pad and take drugs that do very little.
I pray you have some good days.
Gramme6

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AMEN to all you said!!
Gramme6

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To all of you who know what it's like being sick and tired of being sick and tired...Thank you for posting! I try to enjoy the good days as they come! I have kept a daily journal of the weather, my symptoms, and pain levels. After doing this for one month, you too will be better able to know what to expect in certain weather conditions, quick changes in the barometric pressure will most likely cause some people to feel drained, or like your body is a lead weight. By tracking our emotional & physical symptoms it gives us insight to our bodies, nevermind trying to explain it to people...they just don't get it! I hope everyone embraces the pain free days, rejoices in the days full of energy, and that you all know your not alone, Remember to never give up or give in, instead work with your body and the messages it sends...

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Hi gigimt,
Yes, there is a correlation in pressure and exacerbation of symptoms. I used to scuba dive. There is an added atmosphere for every 10.3 meters of depth. In other words, we are at one atmospheric pressure on land, so for each 10.3 meters that you dive below surface, you have now added another atmospheric pressure against your body. This can be extremely painful if you cannot clear your sinuses at this depth.
As for fibromyalgia or any of your rheumatology disorders, barometric pressure affects pain levels.
Best Regards.

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AlternativeAndi,
Thank you for that information...quite interesting. Wonder when the medical field will weigh in on these obviously relevant connections...Especially for those with the disorders you have mentioned, including chronic fatigue immune dysfunction. I have also recently suffered a bout of shingles, which is connected to herpes, which is connected to the psoriasis, which is connected to the Central Nervous System and could inevitably determine non-identified disease related infections in the nerve root or spinal cord. The symptomatic cause and effect seems to be something that not only is exacerbated by barometric pressure, but in sight of immune disorder and or allergies, the weather often determines how the body functions under certain conditions. Have to do more medical research, then find the doctor who does not get offended by a knowledgeable patient that poses valid questions regarding their own health!

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Go get them Gigimt. There are some current modalities involving hyperbaric O2 chamber. I am certain that CMC Medical in Charlotte along with Duke Med. are taking great strides in this area.
As for asking questions to medical personnel, there is a method. It seems that you are quite capable of doing just that.
Have you considered coconut? http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/
Best Regards. Keep us posted.

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Hi Andi, Thanks for the info on the hyperbaric O2 chamber! Unfortunately, my location and financial status would not allow me to pursue that sort of treatment. I have looked into certain medical studies but since there are numerous unanswered medical diagnosis, lacking of required testing, I am in the process of elimination phase and until the answers are delved into more thoroughly I must wait. At this point I have found an immunologist specialist, who is capable of treating the whole patient instead of simply putting band aid's on symptoms. Since I know my body well, I have been able to identify many connections between food (IBS), weather, and fatigue.
I will look into the coconut research and I appreciate your input!

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Hi: I live at 8000 feet and doctors/medical at 4000 - family at sea level. I used to live back east with humidity (in summer & winter). Living with little to no humidity (even with storms); has lowered those issues substantially (relatively). The elevation takes a while to get used to - due to normally decreased oxygen levels, low blood pressure, etc. Heat (with or with out humidity); is not good for me (on many levels). However, with all of us. Bad days vs good days (what is/was a good day now vs. before); are fewer; as time goes on and things get more complex. But when anytype of a good day happens - its' a grateful day (even if just able to clean). I still don't get why all the studies seem to focus on exercise and treadmills; as a post nature-exercise person all my life - if that was my only issue; life would be good. But to the inspire part. When you give you get. When you get you give. When you learn you teach. When you teach you learn......namaste.......

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Very interesting Mountains...Elevation to the top where the levels take time to get used to sounds great to me! More than not, where good days come, the lessons are plentiful! Even in the storms when the body goes on revolt, the learning of how everything is relevant and connected becomes the inspiration towards wellness...Now if we could only be birds we could find the exact elevation to fly to.

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