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Can Aches and Pains Predict the Rain?

Can Aches and Pains Predict the Rain?

“Oh, my bones are aching. It must be about to rain.”

Chances are, you’ve either uttered these words yourself, or heard them from an older relative. The idea that body aches can predict the weather is a very ancient bit of weather lore, illustrated by the following old saying:

A coming storm your shooting corns presage,
And aches will throb, your hollow tooth will rage.

This belief is as persistent and widespread as it is old. Countless people with no interest in weather lore — the kind of people who don’t care how wide the orange stripe is on the back of a woolly bear caterpillar or whether it’s better for the sky to be red in the morning or at night — repeat this one every day, and with good reason.

While not every piece of old weather lore is true, evidence seems to suggest that this one is based in fact. As far back as the 1960s, medical researchers have found, over and over again, that there is a genuine connection between increased pain and cold, wet weather. While the effect is most commonly linked to arthritis sufferers, many have also reported feeling increased pain from nerve disorders, recently healed fractures, migraines, toothaches, corns, and even scars, when the weather was about to change.

No one knows exactly what causes aches and pains to flare up, but the most likely culprit is the drop in atmospheric pressure that occurs right before a storm begins. This shift in air pressure may be enough to dilate the blood vessels in the body, stimulating the nerve endings in sensitive areas, like sore feet, creaky knees, or bad teeth.

Can you predict the weather by aches or pains? Share your experiences here.


1 Lindsey { 05.03.16 at 10:00 am }

My hips always hurt in rainy weather. Is there something that can be done to relieve this pain?

2 BELLA { 04.23.16 at 10:45 pm }

Is it bad that i am 20 years old and feel knee pains right before weather changes? Will it get worse as i get older?

3 Leah { 02.29.16 at 11:16 pm }

I’m 18 years old, never had a broken bone. Since around the age 14-15 I’ve always been able to tell when it will rain. Pain will flare up through my knees ankles and wrist. The weather man has been wrong all the many, but my body- never. Funny how it works.

4 Rachel { 02.23.16 at 2:27 pm }

I have a head injury that happened when I was 14, I’m 33 years old now, I’m from California but been living in Maine for the last 2 years, and although it has happened sometimes in California it happens Most of the time in Maine that I get excruciating pain on my scar many days of the month. Sometimes I feel like I just can’t bare the pain anymore I have been so puzzled about this happening that I was about to go visit a Neurologist. New Englands weather changes so rapidly so I can totally see how this is probably be the reason, I’m so glad I was able to find this forum and be able to find people who can relate. Does anyone know of any treatment for pain (natural remedy) that I can take or use? cause just last night I was almost in tears because of my pain.

5 Jonathon Stephens { 02.10.16 at 6:20 am }

Within 8 hours prior to the snow fall here in Nashville, TN; a 20 year old compound fracture I received from plying college basketball dean throbbing. I jokingly said to someone I work with, “We must have some nasty weather headed this way”. Sure enough 8 hours later the snow fell. My left forearm persistently got worse. I’m assuming it is arthritis. However, it has never hurt this bad. It kept me up all night. Thinking the snow was done, I woke up the exit morning and it was snowing worse. I’m ready for summer.

6 Linda { 02.04.16 at 6:56 am }

I’m glad I am not the only one. I have serious flare ups in my knees and especially in the area on the side of my toe where I had surgery every time it rains. Excruciating pain until weather clears.

7 Sharyl { 01.29.16 at 12:05 pm }

Well, I’m feeling lousy today for no other reason than this huge front that’s moving in. When rain or snow are on their way I begin to feel them at least a day beforehand, and not only do I ache in my arthritic places, which are many, but I get somewhat nauseated and have had many sick headaches and dizzy sort of foggy-brain feelings too. I was looking online to see if anyone else suffers this way and I found this page. It’s good to know I’m not alone or totally crazy.

8 Paul Jameson { 01.16.16 at 4:31 pm }

Oncoming clouds are the worst. Even on clear days I may know that a storm is aproaching within 48 hours. No one believes me except the people who know from their own arthritis. I also have Multiple Sclerosis and I am baffled as to which is the culprit. My doctors have never cared to investigate and my family thinks I’m liying. I’m in the hospital now for my third week, this week its rehab therapy. It wont help, never has. I get limp as a wet wash rag and have to get down or fall. This time I told everyone it would rain, on Wed, a sunny day that it would rain in 48 hours. That was about 2-3 o’clock. Friday night a nurse came in and told me it was raining like crazy at 6 pm. I never watch, read, or listen to the weather Everyone blames the MS but I just cant buy that. Weather brings me down and keeps me there for hours upon hours, literally on the floor. I need help from the police, volunteer firemen, ems, neighbors, strangers. Totally disabling!

9 Katie { 12.09.15 at 3:46 am }

I have a bad ankle and lower back. Both have arthritis. I was welcome till 48 hours before storm is going to hit, I can till change in temperature. I know we’re about to have a warm front in December and I’m in a lot of pain tonight which I don’t really understand that. I guess it works on warm fronts too but it’s a little over the 48 hour mark before it supposed to hit. But it’s a lot of throbbing I feel. I can also tell if it’s just my regular pain that I feel every day or if it’s pain from some kind of front or rainstorm or whatever.

10 Christina { 11.08.15 at 9:31 pm }

I’ve never shared my story but my pain level is so bad I feel I have to. I had spine surgery over 15 years ago, I have a Harrington rod and I’m fused from T5- T12. During surgery they removed part of my ribs on my right side to perform the surgery and replaced when surgery was completed. I had a chest tube on my right side as well for 2 weeks after surgery while recovering in the hospital. Every time a bad storm is about to approach I have pain so bad it’s like a knife going through me but only on the right side where the chest tube was. Its getting so painful I think I need to move to a desert!

11 Mary { 08.17.15 at 9:27 pm }

Affirmation! I identify with aspects of all the foregoing accounts. I could add my own but its all been said accumulatively throughout all the pages. You feel a little bipolar because the changes can take place in one day. In bed for 5 then suddenly able to be up and about, maybe sometimes for even months before one culprit or the other shows up again. These accounts are a huge encouragement.

12 sylvia { 06.13.15 at 9:52 pm }

I lived in New Jersey for 28 years of my life never had any aches or pains. I’ve been living in Fl. for 10 years now. Every time it’s going to rain I feel pressure in my head. It feels like my head a ears want to pop. My body feels so unstable I’ll be in bed for days. Does anyone feel like this?

13 Sarah { 05.26.15 at 12:20 am }

I had surgery on my ankle a few months ago after I broke it and had 3 screws and a metal plate put in it. Now I can tell when I need to grab an umbrella because my foot will start aching where the metal is and it gets progressively harder to walk the closer the storm gets and the more severe the storm is.

14 Chris Turner Pasek { 04.27.15 at 10:32 pm }

I have arthritus in my whole body. My knees are the worst when the weather is changing. One day I can walk into an appointment and have no problems at all but the next day I can hardly move going to another appointment. It was very cool and rainy today and in the morning even before I came downstairs my right knee almost gave out and on the last step doing down the stairs it did it again. Thankfully my husband will take my hand when we walk anywhere. It is especially important that he do that when there is a step or a curb that I have to go up or down….and getting into the car is not easy on a lot of these days. Yep I can tell when the weather is about to change because of the hurting or not so bad hurting.

15 Sharon { 04.27.15 at 10:20 pm }

My bones hurt and ache and I even get dizzy spells right before a rain. The more severe a storm, the worse it all is.

16 Sherry Smith { 04.26.15 at 10:47 pm }

I get migraine headaches when a storm front is coming in and until about half way through the front. When the back end of a front cones through I can feel the headache begin to release and slowly ease.

17 patty conlon { 04.26.15 at 10:05 pm }

Very helpful exchange of info
Thank you

18 Joy { 04.26.15 at 6:08 pm }

I am a chronic migraine sufferer, have arthritis and fibromyalgia. I can usually tell 36 to 48 hours before the rain or snow starts. The pain and stiffness increases as the storm approaches. Once the precipitation starts, it lessens some of the pain. I have been predicting the weather for over 30 years to the dismay of the non-believers.

19 Pam { 04.26.15 at 4:09 pm }

If there is one thing humans like to do, it’s talk about their ailments! LOL! I would just like to contribute that my internal barometer has a great prediction weather and has worked all over the country! I never doubt it 🙂

20 Laura Johnson { 04.26.15 at 3:50 pm }

One of the bones in my wrist is dying, and when we’re about to get a storm I can barely move my wrist.

21 Darlene { 04.26.15 at 3:29 pm }

Vey much so , moved to Az from Ohio but it still works all to well ,weathwe man say rain will be around but not here in Tucson lol ,,, well we had a very hard rain last night for a few hours, My ankles was hurting for a day before and still hurt. Its arthritis, and at times I could just scream. Always so much worse with the weather ,,,always
But not so much here in Az. Wil never live in the North again 😉

22 Marilyn { 04.26.15 at 2:47 pm }

My body has been able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy ever since I contracted Lyme disease. I could be a great weather person because of it.LOL

23 pri { 03.12.15 at 3:44 pm }

My mom used to say ,oh ! My calves are paining, it must rain in next few hours and I used toaugh saying how does that make a sense but now when I have grown up I experience the same thing myself,when it’s about to rain ,my calves n legs starts paining and it happens every time it rains… And I remember how I used to laugh on mom

24 Lilykat { 01.03.15 at 7:36 pm }

I first noticed the effect weather has on people when I worked in a nursing home in 1988. Years later I began to correlate my asthma attacks and later fibromyalgia attacks to weather changes.
I too felt worse before the storm and could feel them a state away. I started checking the weather maps if I felt bad. Now I stay away from people if I can and sometimes the pain is so great I have to take a sleeping pill and knock myself out before a storm. Snowstorms are the worst and make my chest ache so bad, once I even heard my chest pop just like your ears pop as it started to rain, once rain or snow starts I begin to feel better. I have been researching places where fewer barometric changes occur, they are in USA-Miami,Florida San Diego, CA and Honolulu, Hawaii. I also felt much better in 2009 when my parents took me to New Mexico and I have said for years each spring that I am moving to the desert. Recently though the temps have been so low in Arizona that I am having second thoughts.
Good Luck to you all, what makes it even harder it the way other people treat you, especially your own family.

25 Mark { 09.11.14 at 7:42 am }

I’m 61 years old and have had 3 concussions, torn cartilage in both knees, and have broken just about every bone in my body including my lumbar and cervix from a farming accident. My lumbar is fused from L-1 thru L-6 and my neck is fused from C-3 thru C-6. I can predict a storm 2 to 3 days in advance, depending on the severity of the storm. The closer it gets the worse I hurt. The day before the storm I’m in so much pain and misery I have to isolate myself in my room, medicate myself and stay down until the storm hits. Sleep is the last thing I’m able to get, no matter how bad I need or want it. The older I get the worse the pain gets. I was told when I turned 60 that I was entering into my Golden Years. Well my golden years are turning out to be made of Fools Gold. All the things I dreamed of doing when I retired are just that, Dreams. Cheers……..

26 Nick K { 09.04.14 at 6:20 pm }

I’m a 22 year old male and I broke my collar bone a month ago. I keep having people tell me that I’ll be able to feel the weather now and have had no idea why. One thing I can see is the pressure thing, where my break is it didn’t heal all that great. Just today about 2 hours before it rained it was totally sunny out and the weather forecast said clear all day. I started complaining about a stuff neck right near the break and sure enough it rained. It’s weird but probably true

27 Alex { 09.02.14 at 2:45 pm }

I am a 19 year old female and have severe pain starting from the top of my thigh to my ankle before it rains. It occurs in both legs sometimes, and sometimes just one. I have never had any previous injuries to my legs and this has been happening for a few years now. Could I have arthritis maybe? Not really sure. But the pain can be excruciating!

28 Tonia { 08.24.14 at 5:51 pm }

I have Neuropathy cause from chemo treatments. When my pain level goes up and I can tell you three days ahead of a front before it gets here, after the front passes on through then my pain level goes back down. A Pain Managment Doctor told me that when the Barometer (atmospheric pressure) starts to drop thats when my pain level goes up. Durning the summer the fronts are rain, winter is the coldest.

29 Elaine Robinson { 08.24.14 at 6:49 am }

I’ve had five back surgeries and my right knee replaced, I can tell when the weather changes because my pain seems to double and I can’t sleep because I’m constantly waking up from the pain. So this is indeed a true fact

30 Fonya { 08.23.14 at 11:16 pm }

My son & I both get headaches that start either at the base of the head & creeps up & over our head or it’ll start off with a bang at the temples. It all depends on how fast the front is moving through. We get our headaches when the pressure drops below 30. My mother, aunt, and grandma all suffer when the pressure is on the move. Up, down, it doesn’t matter. If it’s moving the are in pain or they can’t think, “Brain fog”. They do better when the pressure is stable. My son & I both do better if it’s about 30. 31 or 32 and I’m moving so fast I’ll have done the spring cleaning of the house in under 6 hrs. Lol.

31 kim { 08.23.14 at 10:08 pm }

No doubt that it affects the body. I AM THE HUMAN BAROMETER!!! Since suffering an aneursym in my brain stem, and having part of my skull removed (& not replaced), I am extremely sensitive to changes in the weather. Living near a coastline, we have rapid changes in the barometric pressure. I can tell when low pressure systems are coming. I not only feel pain, but my physical appearance changes. I feel instant relief when the pressure begins to rise. Have experienced this for several years. I am a weather girl…..just don’t get paid for it!

32 Rosemarie { 08.23.14 at 8:59 pm }

I just recently have experienced some arthritis in my left wrist and have noticed the last two weeks I am able to tell by it aching that we are going to get rain and we do.

33 Terry { 08.23.14 at 7:34 pm }

I have severe arthritis of the knee and hip, both requiring joint replacement surgery. The knee is bad, but the hip is an absolute killer! I live in Central New York, and last winter was agonizing. It hurt just to sit, but felt like a hatchet or buzz saw going through my hip, derierre and thigh when I tried to walk. Summer has been a tad better, but we’re having a lot of weather fluctuations and storms. On days before storms, the incredible pain kicks in. I’m on 2-3 Advil’s a day, to try to keep the inflammation, and thus pain, down. Hip replacement surgery is scheduled for October 20. The pain of that can’t be any worse than what I’m experiencing now. I absolutely agree that weather affects body pain.

34 marge m. { 08.23.14 at 7:27 pm }

I know that when it is going to rain or when we have high humidity, my joints ache. Even old injurys, such as my wrist that was broken many years ago, ache. So, i do believe it is true!

35 Jason { 08.23.14 at 7:20 pm }

The knee that I had surgery on in high school really throbs with pain when a storm comes or if there is just a dip in the pressure.

36 C Bradley { 08.23.14 at 6:55 pm }

Living with RA, I am very sensitive to weather change, but what I have learned it isnt the moisture that causes my problem. I lived in FL for year and I felt great when it rained, but living in Oklahoma now I hurt severely at its change, thsi summer I figured it out while visiting NM, its the change in air pressure that kills me. At 8,000 feet in the mountains I didnt hurt at all. In places that the pressure changes significantly makes me hurt,,,Im now moving to NM, and 8,000 feet above sea level.

37 Jenny { 08.23.14 at 6:05 pm }

I had surgery in my neck last November, I have arthritis there also. I always have increased pain when the weather is going to change. Not all storms bother me but most due, esp. the ones that bring colder weather. I have always heard older people claim they could feel it coming, now I am a believer!

38 #THURSDAY TEN | #John Rants { 07.10.14 at 2:30 pm }
39 Linda { 06.08.14 at 7:42 pm }

I broke my foot 8 years ago and ever since then I can tell that rain is coming two days before it actually does. Feels like a toothache in my left foot at the 5th metatarsal! Throbs just like a toothache. A friend told me it was the pressure in the atmosphere changing as the storm moves in that was affecting the fluid in my foot where my injury was and that is why I am sensitive to it.

40 Sunny 34 { 04.26.14 at 11:42 am }

Located in maryland . Seasons change. Today is sunny ! What a relief . Yes , I to go through ill feelings prior to rain . Usually two days before it rains . My symptoms : inflammation in sternum , breast bone . I’m 34 ur old woman . So tmi but this is horrible for women ! It aches so bad . I have hard time breathing . My left ankle and foot also swell , my left calf and shin inflamed also . My tmj worsens . And that is very painful ,even with mouth guard . I always for some strange reasons get a sore throat ache . Not an actually sore throat but it feels like it , along with these symptoms. I do have osteoarthritis in my knees , so those ache as well . It is as if all the rain builds up in my body and then when it rains , I instantly feel better ! It is like the fluid build up comes out of my body as the rain is coming out of the sky . This gives rain dance a whole new meaning ! Just kidding . But no really , this is what happens . There is def . A huge correlation between weather and our bones and muscles . We have water in our bodies. So it makes sense that rain and cold afftected us. I just feel so sick and usually my head always warm to but no fever . Idk . But tune tic is good for inflammation and of course good old exercise . If u are one lucky enough to move . May god or ur higher being whatever that may be to you keep us all healthy and help us . Much love

41 Moon { 04.20.14 at 8:46 pm }

I never understood the phrase “Right as rain” until a few years ago. I broke my pelvis during labor and was diagnosed later that year with Chiari Malformation 1. Both respond horribly to changes in the weather. Most days it is one day out that I am in pain. Tonight, 2 days out but I forgot my meds today. So I will be in pain until the rain starts….then everything will be “right” again.
Much love out to other sufferers.

42 Phyllis Pippin { 03.29.14 at 7:42 am }

My sinuses always hurt just before a storm as well as my left knee which definitely has arthritis in it. Few weeks ago,my sensitive teeth hurt as well and during this time it was snowy and rainy not to mention cold…😏

43 Michael { 03.28.14 at 9:15 pm }

My sinuses always predict the snow or a severe swing in temperature (20+) degrees. I have only been wrong once in the past 4 years.

44 Nathan Baggett { 03.28.14 at 8:58 pm }

I broke my right heal when I was 20. People said it wouldn’t hurt after 3 years. I’m turning 40 this year and I can definitely feel the weather change. And with this winter, I’m looking forward to summer temps.

45 gail { 03.28.14 at 8:30 pm }

before a front comes through, I get terrible headaches. As soon as the front passes, my headache goes away.

46 marilyn { 03.28.14 at 7:14 pm }

I had both knees replaced along with joints on my feet. I was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory disease. If the weather’s changing in the middle of the night–I’m up in pain. The weather we have been having this yr., has been constantly changing & life has been miserable. It’s real!

47 Mindy Nicholls { 03.28.14 at 6:42 pm }

I had surgery for a torn hip labrum, well the weather indeed bothers this, i get pain over top of the normal pain and does not lessen until it storms.

48 Barbara Ann { 03.28.14 at 6:05 pm }

Co-workers always said the feet i had broken- Better than Willard Scott predicting the weather-snow-rain- changes they would ache.

49 mattzweck { 02.27.14 at 8:24 pm }

i had alot of dental work last year n and i’m very sensitve to changes every time a dramatic weather change happens i start to feel it bad my body just goes in to over drive. and than when the storm is over if feel better.

50 Tom { 11.07.13 at 12:54 am }

I get pain when a storm is comin in. The doctor gives me lortabs. I just take one aand relax and watch the rain

51 Tasha { 10.17.13 at 9:29 am }

Not only does my knee ache sometimes when rain is coming, but I have a condition called vasomotor rhinitis in which the nasal passages get inflamed due to changes in barometric pressure, irritants. etc.It’s been raining where I am, and I have sinus pressure as we speak.

52 DSJ { 08.06.13 at 10:05 pm }

let me tell you something,I know for a fact if you have arthritis,you will ache before a big rain my back and hip hurts so bad the day before a rain storm and that night or the next day when the rain has arrived the ache stops and that is the real truth,it has been happening for years to me

53 douglas { 07.26.13 at 8:51 pm }

i haven’t seen my cure for my (deafness) yet on this site. this is the 2nd time in a row now i was on my way to going totally deaf until i found out when i go to an extremely rainy wet climate in the summer it only takes 1 week and my plugged ears (not wax) totally unplug themselves. then as soon as i return to my home (dry desert air never rains) i start going deaf again. now i know i have to move but i don’t know why and neither does my ear doctor. he has never heard of this either. i’m plugged up again now so it’s time to arrange another trip probably san fransisco this time. am i alone in this miracle cure for going deaf?

54 Destiny Wasson { 05.19.13 at 11:30 pm }

Me and my bf were in the basement the whole day, never went outside at all. I told him my knees hurt so it was probably gonna rain. He told me I was crazy. About an hour later we go to the go to the car to go to the store. We get to the car and it starts sprinkly. He realized that he was wrong and apologized!

55 Nathan { 05.16.13 at 12:57 am }

I have heard this from my over relatives multiple times. And I do believe it’s true. I am 24 now, and ever since I was 16, every time a storm was coming in (causing the atmospheric pressure to drop) I would get a sharp pain in my shin (shin splints) and it would last a day or two after the storm was gone. It’s to the point now to where I can barely walk on it, depending on the severity of the storm. Tonight (5-15-13) in the DFW and surrounding areas, we had severe thunderstorms and tornadoes… I could barely walk on my right leg because of the splint pain. I sure would hate to live in Hawaii, from what I heard. It rains there all the time. I’d be in a wheelchair!

56 patty mcphillips { 05.11.13 at 9:23 am }

I’m an exercise fanatic even tho I’ve had hip resurface 2008 and back surgery 2010. Rods and screws in my spine with fusion. A couple days before it rains the pain is absolutely awful. I still try to walk on treadmill or do yoga or even step aerobics. i really believe that when I “heat the inners” it helps but it persists until it rains. If rain is one of those that just spits for a few minutes that’s not good enough. Not until the whole weather system is in full force do i get relief. Afterward, what a great relief!!

57 Taz { 05.11.13 at 1:42 am }

I never thought that previous injuries would have anything to do with the “why?”
When i was two, i was in a car accident that killed the other two passengers (my mom and brother). I am scarred, physically, and all of them ache when it rains. My scars are mostly on the right side of my body, on my forearm and thigh.
i’ve always known it wasn’t a coincidence that i get cramps when it rains, but what i didn’t think about was “where” it hurt. it’s nice to know i’m not the only one, so at least i’m not crazy like everyone’s been telling me.

58 Jenny { 04.30.13 at 11:37 am }

I have fibromyalgia & my body hurts extremely bad right before bad weather. My energy also gets drained. For some reason though, once it starts to rain I get relief.

59 Audrey { 04.18.13 at 10:54 am }

I have degenerative disc disease and sciatic nerve damage. My body can predict a weather change 3-5 days ahead; I wish I lived where there wasn’t so many seasonal changes. Rain sleet or snow, my body feels it.

60 Nancy Aidinian { 04.18.13 at 9:49 am }

I didn’t ever think of it as a migraine, but I tend to get what feels like the “jitters” when a severe storm is on it’s way. I also tend to clench my teeth and my tension level increases. Strange, I know. It happens before I even know that a bad storm is coming.

61 vicky white { 04.18.13 at 9:21 am }

We always call my Mom before hitting the hay field. So far, her record is 100%!

62 MaryAnn { 04.18.13 at 8:52 am }

I could always tell when it is going to snow ever since I had foot surgery my scar would turn purple instead of a light pink. Also since my car accident injured my neck and back I can tell at least two days before a storm is coming rain or snow. My two children often get nose bleeds just before a major storm thats how i know its coming for sure!

63 Larry { 04.18.13 at 12:33 am }

I’m 63 yrs. of age and my arthritis can tell me when its going to be cloudy and rainy. In cold weather my throat get sore when it is going to snow. I don’t doubt older people anymore when they tell me its going to be bad weather. I getting to that age myself.

64 Sherry Volkey { 04.17.13 at 10:15 pm }

My daughter says I can predict storms coming better then the weatherman!

65 Barbara Kelley { 04.17.13 at 5:47 pm }

I’m 78 & have always been weather sensitive. It is a lot worse now that I have austeo arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, & fibromyalgia. I know at least 48 hours ahead of a weather front & it gets worse the closer the front gets. Of my 4 sons, only one has inherited this curse, thankfully. As a child, I was told it was y imagination or I just wanted attention. Far from that, I just wanted to be normal, whatever normal is.

66 bermecm { 04.17.13 at 2:36 pm }

Are there weather sites that provide information about barometric pressure changes so that individuals considering moving to an area can be informed about the frequency or intensity of these changes?

67 Terry { 04.17.13 at 11:38 am }

I have bad knees and I can tell when it is about to rain
Before it is broadcast on the weather stations.

68 Viola { 04.17.13 at 11:33 am }

My husband hurts so bad 48 hours before a front moves in that sometimes he can barely make it to the restroom. It has gotten a lot worse since he had West Nile. I also am beginning to fell pain in my back and legs right before a storm.

69 Hope { 04.17.13 at 9:48 am }

I am a chronic migraine sufferer as well, Terri and can usually tell within 24 hours the rains coming and it seems like the closer the storm gets the worse my headache gets. My husband is a farmer and after several times of predicting rain he now believes me.

70 Morgan { 04.03.13 at 11:16 pm }

I can relate to this as well. But I unlike most people can smell when it’s going to rain

71 ashlee { 01.10.13 at 10:22 am }

I played soccer for 12 years, I’m 22 now and I had hurt my legs and ankles many times when I was younger. Like clockwork, my knees and ankles ache hours before it rains or snows. I don’t know why, and a lot of the time I don’t like it…but at least I know when to grab an unbrella. 🙂

72 Lisa Hatfield { 12.16.12 at 8:54 am }

My shoulders start aching generally 24 hours before we get rain. The pain is brief, but consistent. I’ve never been wrong. I’m only 27, & can’t recall any injuries, so I’m a bit perplexed as to why this happens to me.

73 Andrea { 10.17.12 at 5:54 pm }

I have been the spiritual, political, forecaster of the weather in a oneness with the universe since the day I was born in the family.My father passed it to me I passed it to my son and I pray that my daughter isn’t in this with the hurting if so let it be mild. My prediction have been on the money as the youngsters say. I help others during those other types of storms where I can. Love Peace and Hair Grease. OES LOL

74 tan { 09.08.12 at 11:45 am }

I believe there is a connection between weather and body pain, I was in a bad rollover MVA 4 yrs ago, and I get severe pain over my entire body, worse in the cspine and Lspine lots of swelling and no medications seem to help. What I don’t understand is that my pain stops as soon as the rain or snow falls.

75 Allen Hutchins { 09.04.12 at 2:11 pm }

ohhhh The pain ,I am 42 and in 2008 i had a motorcycle wreck, ruptured my right knee,Fractured Knee, Ruptured meaning everything in my knee desintagrated, Kneecap was up 4 inches due to patella ripped from shine, ACL completely desintagrated, sprained strained mcl,pcl ,lcl , Had surgery to repair patela, what a excrutiating surgery, dr told me they had to scrape the bone and wraped sum kind a metal cord around the lower part of knee to fuse patella back to bone, fractured right ankle, and know 4 years later i still have no ACL and believe me i can predict the weather better than my local meterologist, the Barometric pressure is no myth and for anyone with a catastophic injury knows what im talkin about. If you have major aches and pains check your local radar, or weather station and study from time pain starts and decreases, it will surprise you.

76 tracy rodriguez { 07.27.12 at 10:38 am }

Oh lord, i guess i am not alone!!! i know its going to rain 2 days before it happens. Severe arm cramps, knots in my arms, severe knee pain, shoulder, and neck pain. I am only 37 and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It’s horrible! Oh and the horrible EXHAUSTION..even the couch and bed hurt me UGH! I totally sympathize with you guys <3

77 Holly { 07.18.12 at 3:37 pm }

I’m 41 and have not been diagnosed with anything. I was just laying here on my couch wondering why my legs hurt so bad – then I heard the thunder. Yep, weather is coming! I used to feel the change in weather more in my shoulder -I was involved in a head-on car accident in 1993 … And in my 30’s suffered a lot of pain but it wasn’t persistent and I didn’t understand why it would come and go (like the weather). Here in Texas we have a LOT of sunny days, so it’s pretty obvious when the weather rolls in, and the older I get, the more I can feel it. My husband says he would trust my shoulder before the weather man any day.

78 Elise { 07.11.12 at 4:52 pm }

Ever since i broke my foot I can tell when it is going to rain. It hurts in one particullar that is where my metal plate was inplanted( it was a really bad break) . It is a blessing and a curse.

79 emily { 07.06.12 at 2:05 pm }

since i was tiny i can remember ‘feeling’ storms. it has increased over the years, now 22 years old and the pain in my knees my neck and occasionally my arm is so severe i need a heating blanket and pad, also eat ginger to open the blood vessels. The current scenario has been almost a week in progress and now im waiting (on the east coast) for this front to move through. before the ‘deracho’ last week i had the same pains and before irene the hurricane they came 2-3 weeks in advance until the first rain drops. the right knee tells of rain the left tells of big storms that damage. greatful to spirit to help others around me prepare sooner but man this pain……

80 Mattias { 07.01.12 at 12:59 pm }

I just found this page. A storm started about 1 hour ago, and about 2 hours ago I got a throbbing pain in my left arm. The pain increased as teh storm got more intense, so I was curious if this could be related…

81 Sonya Rose Atkinson { 04.23.12 at 3:05 pm }

I woke up this morning in such pain — in my shoulders, wrists, knees, even my feet (slow in walking)… When I looked at the forecast, I saw “rain” for this week in LA. It didn’t surprise me. This is not the first time that I felt rain coming. It’s been happening for as long as I remember, but the pain has become increasingly severe over the years, especially since my late 20s. I used to think that I was lucky with this gift of weather forecasting, but luckier with my dreams, visions at night… leading me to get the proper medical diagnosis and care for two deadly diseases going under the radar of medical tests: Chronic Lyme Disease and Invasive Breast Cancer. The only thing that I can say is… Moving to a warmer climate where it seldom rains was the best thing. My pains have improved by over 70%, but, also, I finally made a medical breakthrough…

82 Daniel { 04.22.12 at 8:37 am }

Yes, this happens to me! I hate this condition. Hurts to the point that I can hardly walk and when I am standing I have to be careful not to fall because I feel my legs very weak.

83 Wanda { 04.15.12 at 4:52 am }

I am in a great deal of pain even now and have been since yesterday. Even though the weather report says we have 5 days of sunshine coming, (and this happens often) by lower back says rain is coming. The skies can be blue with narry a cloud in sight, but my back does not lie. It feels like someone is slamming me there with a bat.

84 FitWith Fibro { 04.02.12 at 8:12 pm }

I get a migraine whenever there is a low pressure system moving through…I’ll know that something is on it’s way before I even check the weather forecast.

85 Ann Tucker { 04.02.12 at 5:07 pm }

Have pain all the time from various problems, no worse at weather change, but I have a crescent scar on abdomen that starts to itch like crazy when the weather’s changing …very odd , feels like several mosquito bites along the scar line. It stops once the weather gets going really good !

86 linda heern { 04.02.12 at 5:03 pm }

i can definetly tell when it is gonna rain or snow. i have arthritis in my spine and it always makes it harder to get out of bed and get going when there is a change. lots of stiffness and soreness.

87 Andrea { 03.02.12 at 8:17 pm }

I dont get aches or pains but my body always knows when its going to rain, on any given day. It can be a bright sunny day & I could have not watched the weather (rarely check weather anyway) but when its going to rain I get extremely sleepy. If its going to be a rainy night, I toss & turn unable to sleep & frustratingly restless. Ss soon as the rain literally begins to fall, I pass out in the deepesy sleeps I ever have. I love water, including showers & beaches, because it always calms & comforts me. I find it odd my body is fail proof in predicting rain but its pretty cool that happens to me. As for full moon nights, thats another story. I literally cant sleep & have a lot of anxiety on full moon nights. I think it all shows how connected all of nature & spirit truly are.

88 Jason { 01.19.12 at 3:44 am }

I have a slight pressence of pain that I have always had mainly in my foot area since I was young till now, but my wife really has the pain directly linked with the onset of a storm approaching. Just last night, she was perfectly fine all day then all of a sudden pain became extreme in both the upper, and lower tooth areas…as she fell asleep, I was up watching the news to hear of a very strong storm approaching.

89 Emily { 01.16.12 at 9:40 pm }

I am a 15 year-old female with a history of epilepsy and migrianes however everytime a front moves through my area a headache forms like knives stabbing into my head. Unluck most of the others here I’ve had no surgerys what-so-ever and yet I always know when it is going to storm. I find it peciluar

90 Katie { 01.11.12 at 10:20 pm }

Its gotta be true because Im only 33 n when a storm comes like snow or cold rain I ache all over. Tonight in my legs. And I have fibromyalgia so maybe thats affected from the weather too idk, but its not fun.

91 Squeekie { 01.01.12 at 5:13 pm }

I’ve noticed that ever since I had chemotherapy (combined with a Neulasta shot the day after) nearly two years ago, I experience excruciating pain in my hips and legs the day of or before a cold/warm front and also around the new or full moon.
I learned that because the chemo kills ALL kinds of cells in the body, including the good ones, the Neulasta shot is given to cause one’s bone marrow to start producing more red blood cells, thus creating severe deep bone pain. Thinking I was crazy because I had not had the shot in a year and was hurting as if I had just gotten one, I did some research. I found out that our bodies naturally produce red blood cells in our bone marrow during the full moon. This (to me) explained everything.
Now, when I start hurting, I check the moon phase as well as the weather. If I were a gambler, I’d put money on it that my pain was being caused by one or the other of these to stimuli.

92 sandee { 12.31.11 at 4:36 pm }

I am sick in bed everytime the temps fall. Every surgical site and injury throbs. A migrain headache and muscle twitches and weakness.

93 Nigel { 12.24.11 at 11:49 am }

I have half a metal hip, metal leg and several pins on my knee; I can usually feel a sharp pain that lasts for at least 12 hours two days before a storm hits or a cold front comes. My mother can detect rain up to six days in advance due to an injury in her knee while playing soccer

94 Kevin { 12.14.11 at 11:00 am }

I agree totally. I had surgery to replace my acl in my left knee with a donor tendon, and two bone mulch screws put in the leg, now over a year later within a day or two of a storm I always know, hurts like crazy, aches, but as soon as it rains, it stops hurting

95 mattzweck { 10.02.11 at 1:58 am }

for some odd reason when ever the weather get like into fall or winter i start not to feel good for some’s like my muscles ache then they cramp up so i don’t feel good

96 Aldo Cruz { 09.25.11 at 12:55 am }

I am 21 years old and live in Mexico. I broke my right tibia (or more specifically, I snapped my right tibia in two pieces) when I was 10 years old. I don’t know the reason, but it didn’t heal properly, since the bone reattached in a twisted position, which left me an unaligned limb with protuberance in the healing area and moderate yet variable swelling. It doesn’t pain when I practice sports or work out, thought it hurts when punched. There is something weird about the named swelling, given it becomes more painful and pronunciated when it is either about to rain or already raining for first time in a row. The swelling stays a couple of days only, even if it keeps raining (rains in my city are of short lenght anyway, and may repeat up to 5 continous summer days at most); I dont’ mean cronic pain, but the noticeable swelling makes want to refrain from walking a lot. It finally goes back to its ” normal” state a few days after tje rains.

97 Andy { 09.14.11 at 1:20 pm }

I have bad teeth, I live in south GA. When there is a hurricane in the atlantic my bad tooth hurts so bad I cannot even sleep. 3 or 4 days later the pain will be gone, until the next one of course. Hurricane season is hell on me.

98 Dave { 04.27.11 at 10:18 am }

i have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis and migraines as well and i can feel a storm approaching long before it arrives and i am even sensitive to approaching wind storm

99 Robert DeBoard { 04.06.11 at 11:50 pm }

I used to suufer the worst ( eyeball headaches I call” em”} migrains is what the Doc said they were, headaches in the Fall, I live in S.W. Ohio in a place called the Miami Valley, whenever a cold front would come thru. It always started about 8 hours before as a little nagging pain behind my eyes. Then usually in the middle of the night an hour or so after it passed I woke up with a jackhammer in my head. They made me physically ill with vomiting. The only time it left is 12 hours later in the E.R. with a very strong pain shot. I’ve managed them by keep an ear to my NOAA weather radio and taking some pain meds when the front is in Wisconsin and Praying I don’t get one

100 Louie { 04.06.11 at 10:41 am }

I always get a headache before a rain or snow storm, mother and grandmother had the same symptoms. When there is a full moon, I can’t sleep, anyone else with that symptom?

101 Sheilah { 04.05.11 at 4:17 pm }

We live in MN and my son is a migraine sufferer. He seems to get horrible migraines when the barometric pressure drops. Does anyone else have this problem, and if so, what do you do for it? Is there anything preventative he can do? Thanks.

102 Tes { 02.01.11 at 11:14 pm }

I have muscular dystrophy I hurt with some rain and snow. I broke my collar bone three years ago and just last year it stopes hurting with storms 🙂

103 Miko { 12.28.10 at 2:10 pm }

Definitely. I get really bad throbbing headaches the day before, during it until it’s over. Sometimes migraines 🙁 like right now… Storming in bay area hence my fat throbbing head. Just took 3 motrin and going to drink coffee. Uggh. Strange but really cool. Maybe if we tuned in more w our bodies and environment there cld be more! Cheers all happy nye

104 ESM { 12.21.10 at 4:31 am }

I do not get any pains but my hands get dry.

105 mattzweck { 10.19.10 at 6:53 pm }

where i live when we have really bad weather my body will just start to ache so badly i start not to feel good,

106 Andrew { 10.12.10 at 10:43 pm }

I had shoulder surgery and now it gets real stiff and hurts about 24 hours before it rains

107 Jennie { 09.10.10 at 8:43 am }

A few years ago I fell down the stairs – all the way down. I chipped my femur and tore my meniscus in my knee, which resulted in surgery, PT, and not walking on my own for 9 months! That was three years ago, and I can still predict rain within 20 minutes in that knee. Recently, I have noticed a tooth that aches when it’s going to rain….might need to have it checked out!

108 Steph { 08.21.10 at 8:50 pm }

Wow, I didn’t know so many folks had the same issues! Mine is a pinched nerve that came on seven or eight years ago when I went horseback riding and accidentally sat crooked in the saddle. Unfortunately, the nerve that’s pinched is the sciatic one. On a daily basis, it doesn’t even hurt, but I woke up this morning barely able to walk, it hurt so badly. And I had gone to bed without pain! And guess what. Today has been rainy. I think that nerve can tell when rain’s in the area!

109 wenda hines { 08.05.10 at 4:23 pm }

Hello I have muscular dystrophy and I can tell when is going to rain because my muscles tighten up and my legs start to ache and when it is very cold out my body can’t take it.

110 Vicki { 07.07.10 at 9:32 pm }

Absolutely true! I can tell people 2 days before bad weather hits as well as tell them 24 hours in advance of good weather coming! I don’t appreciate the aches and pains, but it’s fun to watch unbelievers come back time and time again saying, “You were right! How do you do it? I can’t believe it rained when you said it would!”

111 Laura { 06.10.10 at 2:49 pm }

Living in high elevations is it good for people with chronic pain (fibromyalgia) & (arthritis) .

112 Linda { 06.07.10 at 12:23 pm }

Wow, there are alot of other sufferers out there! I use a moist heating pad(half a Body Length) and Yoga. This is the only way I can even stand the pain. Also, keep active even though it’s hard.

113 Carol { 06.05.10 at 3:52 pm }

My body aches during storms and cloudy weather. But as odd as it may sound, I have a grand mal seizure ever late fall and early spring. Within the next 24 hrs. the change of season officially begins. I also get extremely fatigue and depressed during the dark cloudy days. When the suns out I’m energetic and happy. I live in the four season changes. My sister suffers migraines during all this stormy weather and season change.

114 Helen { 05.21.10 at 7:51 pm }

I had a broken wrist last year and all through the winter it predicted when there was going to be a storm. Now that it is spring, my wrist keeps me up at night when we have rainy weather.

115 J.R. { 05.20.10 at 12:43 am }

I can tell a change in the weather from my sinuses. I get stuffed up and sneeze a lot before storms move in.

116 Audre { 05.07.10 at 4:41 pm }

I too, sffer from Fibromyalgia and know days ahead when a storm is coming! Kind of like today.

117 sheree { 05.04.10 at 11:03 am }

i have fibromyagia and everytime it’s gonna rain my neck hurts bad it is the only time my neck is ever sore.

118 morgan68 { 04.30.10 at 12:38 pm }

I can definately say this is true. I live in South Portland Maine, right on the water. And cold, damp, rainy days makes my arthritis hurt something terrible. I ache in my hands very badly also. I don’t have arthritis in my hands, but have Raynaud’s syndrome, which leaves the hands pretty much useless in this kind of weather.

119 Dee { 04.29.10 at 9:57 am }

I can definitely tell a weather change by various parts of my body. I have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia and there is excruciating pain that I feel when there is a storm coming either rain, cold or whatever, and my body announces it before I ever hear a weather report.

120 stella { 04.29.10 at 3:30 am }

I get very bad headaches just before it rains or storms any change in the air and i get a headache but as soon as it starts raining it goes away

121 Cindy { 04.28.10 at 3:58 pm }

I am totally with Dakota I also suffer from Fibromyalgia and also OstoArthritus so when the barametric pressure body picks up on it and I am in agony..I can tell the weather before I raise my head of the pillow in the morning. So I am also a big believer in the weather effecting our bodies for sure.

122 Cynthia { 04.28.10 at 2:02 pm }

I can SO relate to this topic! I’ve suffered from chronic depression for more than 20 years, and now I have arthritis as well. Even with my regular medication, I feel the onset of cold, wet weather in my body long before it arrives. Even a stretch of wet weather in the springtime, though not so cold, will set off body aches.

123 sylvia { 04.28.10 at 12:45 pm }

I’ve had hearing loss for at least the last 10 years and I’m now wearing probably my 5th pair of hearing aids. Even with these my hearing can be good one day and bad the next. I’ve suspected that changes in the atmospheric pressure could have something to do with this. Am I crazy?

124 Marie { 04.28.10 at 10:41 am }

I can swear by how my sciatic makes itself known when it is going to rain. I have had 2 back surgeries which left me with chronic sciatic. I have learned to live with it and actually push it to the back of my mind and it seldom makes me aware of it unless it is going to rain and then it hurts all the way down my leg.
The sky can be clear and sunny but if my sciatic gets worse then I know it is going to rain and it always does. Never fails. Has been this for 15 years.

125 Dakota { 04.28.10 at 10:22 am }

I believe in the increased pain when the wheather gets bad. I suffer from Fibromyalgia and when the wheather gets cold or wet and dreary my pain gets much worse. Somedays I cant even get out of my bed. My boss knows when the wheather gets bad that I might be calling in to take the day off. I not only believe in the increased pain, I know there is increased pain.

126 Andrea { 04.28.10 at 10:07 am }

I agree. I thought it was silly or an old wives’ tale, until I broke my leg in 5 places. It’s been about 2.5 years and I still can tell if we’re having a cold front or it’s going to storm. It feels different depending on the coming weather too. Sometimes it may be pressure affecting my nerve endings. Sometimes the swelling in my leg is different, which I think is partially barometric pressure, partially humidity. And if it’s going to rain a lot and finally starts raining, it’s like there is instant relief in my leg.

127 PatFay { 04.28.10 at 9:51 am }

I always get a stiff muscles before a rain storm. I think this is because muscles have a lot of water in them, they are affected by the change in barometric pressure. Blood vessels also expand making vericose veins ache more during low barometric pressure too. On high pressure days, I feel great–and its not just the sunshine.

128 Tracey { 04.28.10 at 9:44 am }

I believe you Terri, as I get incredible headaches (not sure if they can be classified as official migraines, but they are painful nonetheless) every time it is going to snow, especially at the onset of winter and they become less severe as the winter wears on perhaps because my body finally adjusts to the changes in the weather…now that you mention it, I also sometimes get bad headaches as well in hot weather and also rainy weather, especially if it is very humid – in fact, my head hurts in humid conditions such as around enclosed swimming pools…hang in there – I’m sorry to hear that someone suffers so much…migraines are very debilitating and even after the head pain subsides, you still feel worn out, tired and queasy sometimes for days afterward…

129 Maryellen { 04.28.10 at 9:18 am }

I totally believe this is true. I had a very bad fall last year and injured the entire right side of my body. I now sport some hardware and everytime it gets cold or it is going to rain I can barely walk. Ha ha ha! I remember being young and hearing my Grandmother say thinks like “It is going to rain, I can feel it in my bones”. I always thought she was making that up, but then it would rain. Now that I have experienced it I think it is true. I wonder what the best cure is, A heating pad? Moving to Arizona? Laying in the warm sand in Hawaii? I like the last idea the best!

130 Terri { 04.28.10 at 8:44 am }

I am a chronic migraine sufferer. I can tell when a storm is coming a day before it is predicted because of the barometer pressure change. I can also tell when it is going to be extremely hot due to the same thing. Some ppl do not believe in it but I suffer with a migraine before the storm hits and after the storm hits. While the storm is going on (rain, sleet, snow or whatever) I am fine. I sometimes suffer throughout the storm and that means I end up receiving a shot of pain killer and stomach settling medication as I am usually physically ill.

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