Between the humidity, grey skies and high temperatures, thunderstorms can often trigger this pain as a result of a drop in barometric pressure. A study completed in Japan in 2011 found that those who are prone to getting migraines were more likely to get one on days when the barometric pressure dropped by 5 hectopascals (the international unit for measuring atmospheric or barometric pressure.) “Some scientists blame the increased pain on a drop in barometric pressure, which often precedes a storm,” says health writer Linda Wasmer Andrews. If there’s already swelling in the joint due to arthritis, people may feel this change more acutely.”Some people with asthma believe that their symptoms worsen during storms. AsthmaDuring a thunderstorm, many people with asthma believe that their symptoms worsen.
Source: Irish Examiner August 16, 2022 04:00 UTC