Health — 04 June 2013

512px-Lightning_strike_jan_2007By Pat Anson, Editor

Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia say changes in the weather can affect their level of pain and fatigue. But according to a new study by Dutch researchers, weather conditions such as temperature, sunshine, and precipitation have no impact on fibromyalgia symptoms in female patients.

“Our analyses provide more evidence against, than in support of, the daily influence of weather on fibromyalgia pain and fatigue,” said lead author Ercolie Bossema, PhD, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. “This study is the first to investigate the impact of weather on fibromyalgia symptoms in a large cohort, and our findings show no association between specific fibromyalgia patient characteristics and weather sensitivity.”

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. Hi Jamie, Many other readers responded to the story the way you have. I suggest you read our followup articles on the topic, including the researcher’s reply.

  2. Dear Mr. Anson,
    I find reading articles on Fibromyalgia interesting but this article proved to be one of the worst I have read. Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from wide swings in barometric pressure which is the leading cause of the “weather related” pain. I was diagnosed at the age of 14 by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota in December 1999. After undergoing several months of testing they have me the diagnosis of the relatively “new” disease. One of the very first recommendations of the doctor was to move the entire family from northern Iowa where the bp swings to somewhere it doesn’t. This was 14 years ago… Half of my lifetime. From one of the best hospitals in the world. I would suggest you research further in the future.