Meteorosensitivity pictures

    

Most people know someone who claims they can predict a coming storm by the achiness in their joints or their migraines. There have been some surprising results when scientists actually look at the effects the changes in weather patterns can have on people with meteorosensitivity. Changes in temperature, pressure and wind strength can all affect sufferers.

Storms are characterized by rapid drops in air pressure. This can aggravate inflamed joints or nerve endings in sensitive people. These changes in air pressure can bring on labor and childbirth.

There¡¯s also some indication that those who have had heart attacks are more susceptible to cold weather which can constrict blood passages and strain a weakened heart. Extremely hot temperatures have been known to cause fatalities especially in the elderly as was seen in the Paris heat wave of 2003.

Many migraine sufferers are particularly affected by meteorosensitivity. While some attacks are brought on by changes in barometric pressure, dry and dusty seasonal winds such as the Santa Ana winds in Southern California, the chinook winds in Canada and the foehn in Central Europe bring with them increased incidences of headaches, migraines, asthma and hay fever.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a wintertime ailment that afflicts many with depression, despondency, anxiety and mood swings. There¡¯s some indication that the lack of Vitamin D caused by the reduced amount of sunlight exposure during the short winter days is the culprit. Making sure you get out early enough in the day to catch a few rays or taking a weekend holiday in a sunny location can help you get through the winter blues.

Doctors recommend exercise, rest, and participation in outdoor activities in all weather conditions to help your body adapt to the physical changes brought on by weather. They also suggest finding ways to alleviate stress in your life and seeking out the sun whenever possible.






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