Does Barometric Pressure Affect Rheumatoid Arthritis

Does Barometric Pressure Affect Rheumatoid Arthritis

Is it a myth that weather affects Rheumatoid Arthritis or is there actually any truth to it?

Does Weather Affect Rheumatoid Arthritis

In general weather should not affect your Rheumatoid Arthritis, according to some research, other researches that has been done say that it has to do with the barometric pressure. I have always been able to feel when rain is coming, as my joints do tend to become more stiff. So recent studies would suggest that this actually does not have to do with the weather itself but with the changes in the pressure that comes with the weather.

What is Barometric pressure?

The barometric pressure is the pressure within our atmosphere, this does fluctuate.

Does Cold Weather Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Worse

A lot of people that suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis feel pain when it gets colder. This will then have to do with the change in the “air pressure” and not the actual cold itself.

Personally cold weather only affects me on certain days, sometimes cold weather actually will relieve the pain more than warm weather.

How about warm weather?

Warm weather can actually cause you more pain, due to the humidity it can bring, as this can increase the level of fluid in your joints. This can, and probably will, cause pain. This again, according to studies, relates back to the change in the barometric pressure. A small change in temperature can change the barometric pressure which will then in its turn cause you joint pain.

Does High Humidity Affect Rheumatoid Arthritis

Humidity however seem to be one of the major culprits in increase joint pain. This is why certain people with Rheumatoid arthritis can actually sense when rain is coming. The change in the air, the pressure, is actually what you feel and what can cause you pain. This can make things tricky, since humidity will usually change with both seasons and weather.

The Best Place To Live With Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is a tricky one. From experience I would say somewhere warm but it also needs to be a stable climate, preferably with low changes in barometric pressure. The barometric pressure needs to be higher and the humidity needs to be lower, according to studies.

This place might be hard to find. However living in Australia I actually managed incredibly well but. Yes there is a but. but when it storms it truly storms and the humidity goes nuts. I would say that the best place to stay with Rheumatoid Arthritis is everywhere. Travel around, changes places with the seasons. When it goes into wet season, find somewhere else to stay until it changes again.

This however might not be doable, it requires a lot of work to keep up with that kind of lifestyle, no way of ever settling anywhere or perhaps settling in a few places.


In general, weather per se, will not affect your rheumatoid arthritis but in fact it is the changes of pressure within our atmosphere that can cause you pain. So you could live in a cold place or a warm place as long as the barometric pressure stays without major changes. The pressure will change with the weather and there is not really a lot you can do about it. It does not necessarily mean that you will swell up, if the pressure only changes for a shorter amount of time, you might only feel pain but will not suffer from any increase inflammation. However, if the change in pressure last for longer you can experience an increase in your inflammation. There is not really a whole lot you can do about the weather. The best thing would be to live in a place where there are no changes in weather, If you find a place like that, please tell me

If you have any questions or comments then please drop them down below and I will get back to you. Thank you for reading.

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  1. It’s interesting to read that atmospheric changes are the real culprits in RA pain, rather than just weather, which is something I previously thought of. This is especially a common thought due to many stating they feel pain before a rainstorm or any type of unstable weather, leading to the common thought that it’s the weather. But when one looks deeper into the equation, we find it’s actually pressure changes doing most of the harm. 

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