with this as their subtitle: Granny was right: Scientists find link between achy joints and the forecast
The actual article and the science does not really say that. The editors elevated the results a bit too high here, perhaps because of wishful thinking of what they wish was true.
Do weather conditions really aggravate physical pain?
It is one of the longest running controversies in medicine.
But modern scholars have gotten inconsistent results in studies that tried to match weather patterns to reported pain symptoms—leading some to dismiss the connection as highly subjective or all in sufferers’ minds.
“People’s beliefs about arthritis pain and the weather may tell more about the workings of the mind than of the body,” concluded the late Stanford psychologist Amos Tversky in the mid-1990s, after comparing the pain reports of 18 rheumatoid-arthritis patients with local weather conditions for a year and finding no connection.
Still, other studies have linked changes in temperature, humidity or barometric pressure to worsening pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as headaches, tooth aches, jaw pain, scar pain, low-back pain, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia (a searing pain in the face), gout and phantom-limb pain.
But the studies are inconsistent. There are proposed mechanisms but not have been confirmed. People with the same conditions respond differently. Much of this data is anecdotal. So, if there really is some correlation, it is difficult to tease out and is not reliable. I think it’s too soon to say that we have “found a link” when the link is still too weak to support the idea. I would opine that it could be possible that some incoming weather systems can affect people and animals but condition are variable each time. I feel the same about earthquakes. In some cases, there are precursors that affect living organisms. But not always so this makes for a difficult study.
I’d ask that people be careful submitting comments about their own personal experiences as those are unreliable and not that useful as evidence. We’ve got lots of stories for centuries but they have not helped get to a confirmation of this idea.