Body aches rise when air pressure rises

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN)  Do you have a grandparent who swears they know it’s going to rain by the pain in their knee?   For a some people joint pain and headaches  can signal a change in the weather.

There may be some truth to some people being a human barometer.

Strong storms that lower atmospheric pressure can cause headaches and even joint pain. Doctor Rebekah Wang is the Medical Director for Clinical Quality for Kettering Health Network. She cites three recent studies that show changes in pressure, temperature and humidity can cause body aches and pains.

One was conducted in the U-S and looked at arthritis patients. It found a difference in pressure and temperature caused an increase in pain. What was once thought of to be an old wives tale is now scientifically sound.

“Weather makes a difference it is not an old wives tale and I know patients who have moved to Arizona where it’s dry and warmer and not a lot of quick shifts in weather like we did last night with the tornado watch.  It’s the change that makes the difference,” Dr Rebekah Wang says.

The next time you have a severe headache or body aches check the storm team two forecast. Once a new weather pattern emerges your symptoms may subside. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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