Cloudy with a chance of pain? Doctors are now looking at whether there really is a link between weather and pain.
To test this, patients with chronic pain like arthritis are asking to record their symptoms based on the weather. They score their symptoms each night on a new app. The GPS on their phone will automatically collect the weather data wherever they have been that day.
For some, a pain forecast would help them know how to plan their day. 36-year old Carolyn Gamble, with has arthritis says, “Perhaps I won’t book as many meetings on that day, or won’t travel so much.”
She adds, “If it’s really hot and humid I get a full-body flare but equally if it’s cold and humid I get a flare up as well.”
Researchers will be collecting data throughout 2016 and are hopeful to have results by the summer of 2017. Anyone aged 17 and older in the UK with chronic pain is allowed to take part. All they need is a smartphone. To take part, visit www.cloudywithachanceofpain.com.