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When Granny claimed she could feel a change of weather in her bones, she may have been on to something.

For doctors say it seems there really might be a link between the weather and pain. A study suggests dull, rainy days may be particularly painful for those who suffer from arthritis, chronic backache or migraines. But cold weather did not seem to be a factor, despite people often blaming it when symptoms flare up. The study, called Cloudy With A Chance Of Pain (http://cloudywithachanceofpain.com), could lead to daily ‘pain forecasts’ similar to pollen warnings in weather reports for hay fever sufferers. The 28 million Britons blighted by chronic pain could then better plan their lives, scheduling more demanding tasks for days when they should feel relatively well. In a talk at the British Science Festival in Swansea, the team behind the study said the idea that weather influences pain was thousands of years old. More than 80 per cent of arthritis patients still believe the two are linked. Some blame rain, others the cold, changes in atmospheric pressure, strong winds or even lunar cycles. But no study had yet investigated the link in detail or […]

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