Do You Feel More PAIN In The Fall?


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Do You Feel More PAIN In The Fall?

Written by: Lindsay Sibson

Rain is important for our ecosystem.

I get it – OKAY.

BUT it needs to get the heck out of Thailand right now so that I can explore these beautiful beaches.

Instead, I am sitting in the dry comfort of my room. But hey, at least I’m getting some work done… which means writing articles for you incredible Fitlifers! See, there is a bright side of everything.

Still, this RAIN is a pain in my a** right now (figuratively).

While rain may disrupt your plans and make for a messy commute to work, a recent study has found that there is a link between physical pain and rain (literally).

Read on to learn more!

The Pain Of Rain

As reported by thousands of smartphone users, evidence is emerging that BAD weather can have a negative effect on you and make the pain worse.

Scientist and doctor, Will Dixon MD, PhD, formed this idea as a result of treating patients with arthritis at Salford Royal Hospital:

“In almost every clinic, one of my patients will tell me that their joints are better or worse because of the weather. And yet researchers have never worked out whether this relationship truly exists.”

The study was conducted using a phone app and was appropriately titled the ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Pain’ project. The study included:

  • 9,000 people in the United Kingdom with chronic pain
    • Input their symptoms daily
  • The app automatically records weather using the participant’s phones’ GPS
    • Data was sent to the researchers 

The Results

Even though the study is only halfway completed, early results were announced by Dixon at the British Science Festival and looked specifically at people living in these 3 cities: London, Leeds and Norwich (all in the U.K.). The results show that:

  • As the number of sunny days increased from February to April, the amount of time people felt severe PAIN decreased 

Dixon explains:

“Once the link is proven, people will have the confidence to plan their activities in accordance with the weather.

“In addition, understanding how weather influences pain will allow medical researchers to explore new pain interventions and treatments.

“To work out the details of how weather influences pain, we need as many people as possible to participate in the study and track their symptoms on their smartphone.”

The Future Of The Study

More people can join in the study by using the app to track their own symptoms. Also available for review is the data that has been collected so far. This information can be used to see whether other people’s’ experience of pain on particular days is similar or matches your own symptoms.

Director of Research at  the Arthritis Research, Stephen Simpson, PhD, states:

“Many people with arthritis report that changes in weather affect the level of pain they experience, but to date there has been no scientific evidence to support this link.

“Although this study is not yet complete, it is potentially exciting that the interim results indicate there might be correlation between the two.

“The more participants we have in the study, the stronger the final data will be, so we’re urging people to take part and share their experiences via the Cloudy app.”

Note: Currently, the project is ONLY open to people in the United Kingdom. Arthritis Research UK is helping fund the project.

Feeling Achy?

You can naturally and effectively relieve pain at home. To learn more, check out these great tips:

What are your thoughts on this study? Have you noticed a personal correlation with pain and the rain in your own life? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!



Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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