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Is there a correlation between an increase in joint pain and drop in mercury?

Many people who suffer from arthritis report an increase in joint pain when the seasons change and the thermostat drops. But why is this? The main theory to explain this phenomenon is that barometric pressure may be responsible for this. However, it’s a popularly debated topic, we can’t say for sure whether or not this is the case.

Barometric pressure otherwise known as atmospheric pressure is the force applied to a surface by the weight of the atmosphere at any particular given point. For instance, upon the development of a storm system, the barometric pressure will begin to drop. So, as the winter approaches, the pressure drops and the tissues in the body may expand. This expansion puts more pressure on the nerves which can have a tendency to cause an increase in the frequency of the pain signals being sent to the brain.

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