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Do Barometric Pressure Changes Trigger Pain?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • As pressure in the atmosphere rises and falls, the pressure exerted against your body changes as well. Seniors and those under chronic stress may experience an increased pain response
  • Migraine headaches and joint pain are two of the more common conditions affected by barometric pressure
  • Masking the pain with drugs may increase your risk of side effects; I recommend working with your health care provider to identify the source and relieve it
  • Underlying causes of pain may include magnesium deficiency, poor posture and lack of exercise. Helpful strategies include reducing sugar, protecting gut health and supporting melatonin production

You may know that as you spend time outside on a sunny day, it improves your mood and allows your body to produce vitamin D. Some people enjoy warm weather and others appreciate the winter snow. But regardless of your preference, when the sun is out you may feel better without realizing it.

Many people feel they can identify when the weather is changing. Barometric pressure is one measurement meteorologists use to describe current weather and predict future conditions.

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