Weather And Chronic Pain: Smartphone Study Reveals Rain Can Worsen Body Aches

The Cloudy with a Chance of Pain study has found a link between weather and body pain.

People suffering from arthritis or chronic pain experienced more frequent severe symptoms during rainy days. ( Jason Oxenham | Getty Images ) The Greek physician Hippocrates claimed to have found a link between pain and weather more than 2,000 years ago. Some people also complain that the weather can worsen their body aches and pains with some even claiming that they can tell based on this when it is about to rain. Now, findings of a new smartphone study suggest that Hippocrates may have been correct and that body pain playing up during rainy days could be anything but plain old wives’ tale. Preliminary results from the study conducted by researchers from The University of Manchester indicated an association between lack of sunshine and rain and chronic pain. The Cloudy with a Chance of Pain study, which was launched in January this year, had more than 9,000 participants in the UK to record their daily pain levels using a smartphone app. The participants who took part in the study had arthritis or chronic pain and were at least 17 years old. The […]