Chronic Pain — 11 June 2013

bigstock-young-woman-shouting-with-a-me-33045809By Pat Anson, Editor

Many of our readers had strong objections to a recent story we reported on a Dutch study that found weather conditions had no impact on fibromyalgia pain and fatigue in women.

The study was published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

“I don’t know about the Dutch, but I’m an American from Texas, and I can tell you I have pain every time the weather changes. I can’t believe they are publishing this in the journal Arthritis Care and Research!! This is only going to push back all the hard work we have done in trying to get more research for fibromyalgia. I am so mad!” is how reader Penny Simpson feels.

Read more at National Pain report.


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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

(2) Readers Comments

  1. Those of us with Arachnoiditis are basically walking barometers due to CSF obstruction in our spinal cords. I can tell you whether rain is in the forecast or not without even glancing outside. It is very painful, and documented in Dr. Antonio Aldrete’s latest book about Arachnoiditis, ‘The Evidence Revealed”. We are extremely sensitive not only to the barometric pressure, but to hot and cold temperatures, too. It is not a fun way of life.

  2. As a sufferer of both CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia may I add my pennyworth of opinion? It is not necessarily the change in the weather that worsens my symptoms, it is a change in atmospheric pressure and/or temperature that causes me most problems.

    That means that stable weather/atmospheric pressure for a period of time means a plateau in my symptoms. The longer the plateau lasts the greater the problem when things change.