Or afternoon, if youre lucky enough to sleep that long...
Three hours and I'm glad enough for that.
A February 2019 study comes down on the side of "yes, weather changes affect arthritis pain", which means we're once again almost exactly 50=50 split in the literature on "yes it does" vs "no it doesn't". The biggest trend in "no!" seems to be the mid-1990s, with more recent studies slanting more "yes!" but... still about 50-50 split.
And it's nto just barometric pressure. Temperature and humidity are also players. Wow! We already knew that...
That said,t he studies tend to focus predominantly on joint pain, and not neuropathic/soft tissu pain.
The studies that do focus on rats and, in one, guinea pigs. They find that, gee, weather shifts do in fact affect perceptions of pain. (We can't really measure pain yet. It's based on ""guarding" behaviors, the things done to try to protect the hurting area, and increased heart rate and BP as a result of the stress of the pain.)
Some studies in rats aren't applicable, however, as they've had their nerves deliberately damaged for the study. This is *not* the same as chronic pain... Which we're still not 100% solid on, in terms of its origin and certainly not a clue in its "cure".
But -- and this was a small "wow" to me ---- low pressure systems do seem to aggravate depression-"like" behavior in lab animals.
The organ involved?
THe inner ear.
Yep. Their (and our) ears.
The type of pain is specifically called --- breathe in, it's not that bad! --- "nociceptive".
Nociceptive pain is *not* the same as neuropathic pain. Nociceptive is basically the stuff you feel short-term --- stubbed a toe, scraped a gum while brushing your teeth --- as a harm to the body. Or perceived harm. You can get it from *chronic* pain (as from arthritis when your affected joint crunches), but it's all about that idea that something outside the body has "attacked", and yes, that includes the weather! (I now imagine a dark cloud sneaking up behind me... mwahahahaha)
Neuropathic pain is more associated with choronic issues ---- damage from injury or illness has messed up a nerve, e.g., diabetes or amputation or in my case a fracgtured kneecap that led to early arthritis (since teens in that knee)...
Basically, neuropathic pain has two definitions: easily defined damage or disease (think Multiple Sclerosis) and the (yes it overlaps) nervous system dysfunction... but it's been recommended to docs to keep the term restricted to the stuff that has a known cause, b/c it jsut makes life easier for... well, doctors, probably.
Yes, I spend my early morning sleepless time randomly perusing stuff in NIH/NLM databases and similar...
A lovely morning here that I may end up anpping through.
Hugs and healing to us all!
Absolute agony here, so keeping it brief. Forget it. (Well, I meant another eff word but...)Hugs and support. Just gonna be a long hot rotten day here, so...CUteness required...
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia earlier this month (May) and it really sucks. I have been in so much pain. It is so stressful dealing with another health problem for me. I hope these new meds work because this is really annoying and hard to deal with.