You’ve probably witnessed several times that a person suddenly became a phenomenal meteorologist thanks to his/her arthritis or you have a colleague who occasionally hates you if he doesn’t like the current weather conditions. You could blame a phenomena called meteoropathy for such occurrences. Professionally, meteoropathy can be defined as a condition in which persons have certain symptoms of illness that are in some way associated with weather conditions. Mostly, symptoms occur 24 to 48 hours before weather changes and among the most common are depression and mood swings, and various muscular and joint pains.
If you are one of those people who blames “this insane weather” for all your life problems, from mortgage increasing, to pain in your low back, you will be disappointed with the following text.
Australian researchers from the George Institute of Global Health have recently conducted a study that shows there is absolutely no connection between body ailments and weather conditions. They surveyed close to 1000 people with diagnosed osteoarthritis of the knee and pain in the low back, using data about weather conditions at the onset of pain, as well as weather conditions one month before pain started. It has been shown that there is no correlation between weather conditions and pain.
What about mood disorders? Even these results do not support the meteoropathy theory. In most cases, the onset of depressive mood and anxiety is associated with rainy and dark weather, and yet, on the other hand, there is a strong positive correlation between the number of sunny hours and the number of suicides.
According to prof. Chris Maher, this happens because people, guided by previous convictions, have convinced themselves that their pain is associated with certain weather conditions, most often in the rain and cold weather, although this pain also occurs during sunny days.
What has also been shown is that people who are physically active and who spend a couple of hours outdoors, don´t even notice the changes in weather (in terms of physical symptoms).