I write this as the sun is hitting my back through the kitchen window, Streaks of sunlight cast onto the screen of my computer, casting diagonal shadows on my keys, almost challenging me to type. On most days I would usually pick up my laptop and find a more conducive place to type; but not today. Today, the sun feels good and I am not experiencing a pain flare.
I always find it strange that even on the sunniest days, I can be having one of my worst pain flare-ups. Little do I realize that it is going to pour tomorrow. I make it point to never look at the weather forecast. I do not want to know if it is going to be colder, wetter, snowier, etc. I do not want to cheat myself of a possible better day, because I am worried about what lays ahead in the week.
Almost every person I know with CRPS, or chronic pain for that matter, is affected by the weather. In fact, if you were to look up weather related pain in your search engine, pages and pages will come up. Shifts in the weather; changes in the barometric/atmospheric pressure, humidity, or temperature seem to spark a flare for pain for most chronic pain pressure.
This past weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to hear Chief Meteorologist Eric Thomas from WBTV, Charlotte speak at the Fight the Flame Support Group Meeting. He patiently explained barometric pressure and what happens when the pressure drops. He also confirmed what many of us feel, that yes we would feel worse before a change in weather. I know for me, as soon as it starts to rain, my pain flare subsides. One of the most interesting topics that the group spoke about was that even though doctors, scientists, and patients have an enormous amount of information about how weather effects our bodies; there is no medical science to back that information. Studies have tracked patients for months recording the pain and weather, showing the connection but this is only observational data.
There was an old wives tale “It’s gonna rain, I can feel it in my bones.” After suffering with chronic pain for over twenty years now, I think we can stop saying it is tale.