Dear friends, I hope the site will allow this question to remain up! I have heard many people say their fibro seems related to weather conditons and I know I feel worse when storms are coming. Thursday, I had pain so bad, I almost took a lortab, but I have this theory that it is the barometric pressure, and not the rain. When I was hurting so badly, the barometric pressure was 30:09 and falling. Once it dropped a bit, I was better. I did NOT take the lortab, but was tempted as 2 ALEVE barely did anything for the pain.. I have been largely symptoms free for several years, but we are in storm season where I live along the gulf coast. Would anyone else be on board to track barometric pressure when they feel pain from fibro the worst. Actually pain from any conditon, even if it is NOT fibro related, can. Start tracking it. I know once it starts raining, I am usually so much better, but I really feel its the pressure change, and not the rain itself, that brings relief. Thanks, your friend, pattishan61
Fibro symptoms in relation to barometric pressure?
- 24 Jun 2012 by Anonymous
Added 26 Jun 2012:
Thanks to all who answered. I guess what I really want to know, is if when we are in the WORST pain, is the pressure simply within a certain range and stagnant, whether it is worse when it rises....or falls. It sounds like there are a few ways that it is expresses as far as a measurement goes. My local news lists it for our area, I was really hurting severely at 30:09 , don't know if that is millibars, inches, what it. Is. It was listed as falling, and when it changed, i got better little by little.i have got to check it now, as I am hurting bad enough to take an Aleve. Hasn't started working yet ....aaaarrrggh! And pledge, if you find something, let us know. Or if anyone was told by the dr that when it is stagnant it's worse, or rising, or falling or simply a certain range. I am NOT really sure what I can do if I even figure out what it is, ya can't change the weather...or the barometric pressure. I looked up a few examples of anti inflammatory diets. It was all foods I hate, like blueberries. I do drink red tea, aka rooibus and hope that has some anti inflammatory effects, I do know it has powerful antioxidants to rid y ou of free radical just like green tea. That's what I am going to do next, check the barometric pressure and drink some red tea. Thanks to every single one of you. Y'all had me worried for a while, only one person answered and one commented for hours and I thought, well heck, no one wants to answer. Then when I awoke this morning, there were quite a few positive responses. I had to go to a class for haircut tin in Pensacola today, haha pledge. I am really close to p'cola. Anyway, I have been up since early, was off, had to be driven 45 miles to that salon, do the 4 hour class and be driven back, then we had a very small get together for a girl I work with who is getting married next week and moving soon to Mississippi. We didn't know what direction the storm w heading until late morning, they had from louisiana to the Florida east coast prepped for the storm. We had rip currents, all the beaches were closed, so far, no rain or anything but that dam pressure is about to kill me. Thanks friends, so glad I can count on you. Red tea now. Patti
Added 26 Jun 2012:
29:64 inches and falling is what local news says, so I know at 30:09 and 29:64 and both falling, I am gonna have to take an Aleve or something, last blood work they said my liver enzymes were elevated. I stopped taking any Tylenol, I don't drink but maybe 3 or 4 times a year at weddings or something very special, and then only have one or 2, had to quit allergy meds for a while. Aspirin really hurts my tummy big time, although it works for the pain. I took a lorazepam and an Aleve and am hoping I will wake up and feel better. The amitriptyline is out as a help now because of the liver enzymes. They will recheck those soon and hopefully get the GI scopes and test to see if ulcer is present, I suspect a hiatal hernia too. So tummy gets sore when I take Advil or Aleve sometimes, I have to use thos sparringly. Thanks friends.
24 Jun 2012
Yes Dr. Patti, I agree re barometric pressure and will log it twice a day, OK?
This should be interesting!! Hope I remember, because of my xanax messing with my memory, yet will take it at night, like Mary of the many numbers, to eradicate memory problems.
You can count me in!!
25 Jun 2012
Hello. My muscle disease responds to barometric pressure changes. My sisters osteoarthritis does too. I think it is about being in tune with your body and noticing. I bet most people experience it. Didn't grandma complain about her knee when a storm was coming?
My muscles do not need a hug by increased pressure. Ouch!
25 Jun 2012
Hello patti. Interesting. What I'd like to do is do some reading up on your question, pick out high lights and post it below. Just out of my own curiosity. The only pain I seem to have as of late is via snide remarks by some of the "family" Having said that, say hey to that gator. pledge
25 Jun 2012
my pain is not fibro; rather an old injury; 2 actually, but my shoulder lets me know when its gonna rain for sure. winter is usually worse; but the last 3 days have been 95 and sunny yet my shoulder has been bothersome to put it mildy; moms neck also(broken between4-5) she takes meds; im still working on detox from subs; down to 4 mg a day, from 32 5 years ago? give or take. if my phone has the barometer i can check it each day? i will try and figure it out. i find the green bc powders to be the most helpful when my shoulder flares. hope you feel better.
25 Jun 2012
My ortho dr and I have had this discussion on several occasions. He agrees totally that the barometer has quite a bit to do with the pain level of people with various diseases, including the OA that I have. It even tends to affect my migraines and their severity. Of course I have another dr (who is actually quite bright in other respects!) who thinks the whole theory is "nothing but a bunch of hooey". It shouldn't come as any surprise that he's not a chronic pain patient!
I will be happy to help log the pressure and accompanying pain levels. What a good idea. No wonder we all think you're so smart! If it makes things easier for anyone, The Weather Channel will list the barometric pressure in your area and update it regularly throughout the day and night. Just set the page up for your area using your zip code. Do you have any idea how long you'd like this experiment of ours to last? Looking forward to everyone's results!
26 Jun 2012
Considering that our bodies are 80% water, I totally agree with the barometer theory. I had leg pain so bad for two days & should have know it was a storm coming, but it's been soo long since we have had rain wasn't sure what was causing it, & yes mame, it did rain! As soon as the rain started the leg pain quite! Consider what our oceans do with the tides & the full moon each month. Water is affected by a lot of different things & as I said we are 80% water. Just my thoughts... Mary
30 Jun 2012
sorry my friend I have been gone for a few days, but to anwser I do think you are right. Not only do I have the same systoms as you, but so does my husband who has had 3 leg operations and my sister who has to many conditions to list, but we all hurt so much worse when the rains and storms come in, also very cold weather bothers us alot, and yes we too live along the gulf coast and thank god that storm is finally gone, only we live in the area where it just hung around for 3 days, omg the floods and tornadoes were bad, much worse than when the 3 huricanes hit us all in the same place. my hot tub helps, heating pad and ice, but sometimes I still have to take a norco, but never like I used to. Hope you are feeling better now, But I think we may be in for several storms like that this year, funny I can remember as a child my grandmother always telling us ahead of time while she was holding her arm and leg, yea I think we are going to get a storm tonight and every darn time she was right.
9 Jul 2012
Hey Patti, just saw your Q, and you might find the answer that you are seeking through The Weather Channel. Either as an app on an iPad, or on the computer. They actually have a chart on "Aches and Pain Forcast". It actually tells you about the barometric pressure, and how you are going to feel. It might save you a lot of work!! Hope that this helps you out!!
12 Nov 2012
I was wondering if any results were tallied and posted anywhere yet? Or Are you still collecting data? and Can I help? I have an outdoor weather station that shows me barometric pressure. I can check it as many times as needed. What caused me to find this particular post is I was searching for information regarding changes in Barometric pressure and pain levels. My current pressure reading is 30.09... and I am hurting something fierce. I have Fibro, and several other conditions that are flaring right now. But right now my biggest problem is my entire rib cage feels like I have some massive person squeezing the whole thing. Every single joint hurts... I picked the particular weather station because it has the barometric pressure readings. And I can attest to the fact that when the pressure drops I hurt all over, but when the pressure goes back up my migraines flare... I cant win no matter what.
I have told my hubby on more than one occasion that I want to live in a pressurized bubble where it is always sunny and the pressure is constant (or at least it cant change as fast). Problem is I dont know what "fast" is. You know how fast a change is too fast for my fibro, migraines, oa, headaches caused by muscles in my neck and head, sinus stuffyness and on and on??? I would rather live somewhere cold and dark where the pressure does not change much than in a beautiful place where the pressure changes constantly. Unfortunately I live in Oregon where the rain and stormyness are a fact of having green trees and lots of plants.
So if you need more data, I will collect it for you. If you know how much pressure change is considered "fast" or "extreme" changes, I'd love to find out.
And last but not least... I hope anyone hear who lives on the East Coast is doing ok and is safe after storm Sandy.
18 Apr 2013
I have recently started keeping track of my barometric pressure. I have had a cervical fusion on three disc in my neck at age 45 and resulted in fibromyalgia. After five years they found severe arthrithis in my s- 1 disc. I start having discomfort at 29.60 and irritable pain over 30.00. This seems to be the norm from what I read from everyone. I live in san Antonio Texas so no matter where you live if it get cold or rains we are all doomed to have to live with this pain. I worked in a lab so everything is science for me. I keep updated with the latest news on cures and research. I've lived with pain for ten years now AMD jut hit age 55.
18 Apr 2013
I have recently started keeping track of my barometric pressure. I have had a cervical fusion on three disc in my neck at age 45 and resulted in fibromyalgia. After five years they found severe arthrithis in my s- 1 disc. I start having discomfort at 29.60 and irritable pain over 30.00. This seems to be the norm from what I read from everyone. I live in san Antonio Texas so no matter where you live if it get cold or rains we are all doomed to have to live with this pain. I worked in a lab so everything is science for me. I keep updated with the latest news on cures and research. I've lived with this for ten years now and just turned 55.
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