Rain, rain go away, come again and… my body will pay. Ugh.
For the healthy ones out there, until you’ve sprained an ankle or broken a bone you probably won’t feel the wrath that a rain cloud can bring along. For the chronically pained, when it rains it pours. Often when rain is on its way or showering down, those with a history of injury, arthritis or even headaches feel an increase in pain.
There are some studies out there that completely trump this whole idea, but if you’re reading this, you probably know the correlation is real. If it’s not, go ahead and tell me “it’s all in my head” again, I won’t listen to you anyways 🤷🏻♀️
I can’t speak for everyone, but when a storm is coming my joints are throbbing, it literally feels like they are being blown up like balloons from the inside. I’m also more likely to have a migraine attack when the rain clouds roll in. Unfortunately, weather is the one trigger that is completely beyond anyone’s control – so what can we do about it?
↦ Prophylaxis ↯
- Stay on top of the weather forecast – I am a weather checking freak, seriously. I have about 4 or 5 weather apps on my phone and one of the few things I ask my Echo Spot is “Alexa, what’s the weather today?” I would blame it on the fact that my back up career was to be a meteorologist (not kidding about that either – I applied to 2 meteorology programs when I applied to college)
- Take your meds before the pain gets too severe – But really, beyond the fact that I need to know what kind of shoes to wear or if I should bring a rain jacket, I need to know if I’m taking an Advil or putting on a Salonpas before it’s too late.
- Treat your migraine before it becomes debilitating – If I’m starting to feel the teeny pain in my neck that can either dissipate or evolve to a migraine, I’m probably going to take that Sumatriptan before it does. Sometimes that pain can go away by itself and I don’t have to take any medicine, but if there are other factors involved, I know that it probably won’t.
- Ice packs, heating pads, naps, baths, meditation – these are a few other favorite ways to combat the impending doom.
Sometimes, if life allows, you just need to crawl back into bed with a book and a big bottle of ice water with mint, and ride out the storm. Letting your body rest until the weather clears and the pressure goes down is ideal, but we know that’s not alway possible.
The worst part about the weather impacting my symptoms is that where I live it rains and snows, a lot. I can’t put my life on hold or stay home from work every time the weather is gloomy because I don’t feel as good as I did the day before. Putting things off until tomorrow is really not an option, because the variety of aches and pains that tomorrow will bring is so unpredictable. Procrastinating is my nature, but it’s something I always regret. There’s nothing worse that pushing out a grad school paper, squinting at the computer screen and wincing at the sound of my fingers typing on the keyboard because of a pounding migraine.
What kind of symptoms do you have that flare up when it rains? How do you manage them differently when weather is a factor? ⛈