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Do you have more pain since last week? Do you ever think is due to recent rainy weather?

Unlike Chinese Medicine, we do have the concept of "Wind" or "Wet" elements. However, in western healthcare sciences, many studies have been conducted to investigate the association between pain and rain. The conclusions are not consistent but the results do show that some individuals are more affected by the weather to have increase in pain.

Our scientific explanation is the nervous system of people in acute pain is more sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity because it affects the chemicals concentration and pH in our body. Therefore, if you have recent increase in pain, it may not due to worsening of your conditions of overloading of exercise. Weather matters. At this point, Western and Chinese Medicine share a similar conclusion.

Smedslund, G., & Hagen, K. B. (2011). Does rain really cause pain? A systematic review of the associations between weather factors and severity of pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. European Journal of Pain, 15(1), 5-10.

Beukenhorst, A. L., Schultz, D. M., McBeth, J., Sergeant, J. C., & Dixon, W. G. (2020). Are weather conditions associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain? Review of results and methodologies. Pain, 161(4), 668-683.

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