I Re­spect­fully Dis­agree…

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - By Dr. Steven Hei­dinger, Moose Jaw Chi­ro­prac­tor

Pain Medicine, June 2017, Os­teoarthri­tis Car­ti­lage,

2016,

Arthri­tis Care and Re­search, De­cem­ber 2014,

Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal, De­cem­ber 2017 What you see above are Jour­nals and their re­spec­tive dates of is­sue. They are re­spected pub­li­ca­tions in their fields and you can tell by their names they all pub­lish ar­ti­cles re­lat­ing to health, with a few of them deal­ing with pain and arthri­tis. Th­ese stud­ies were sim­i­lar in what they were try­ing to find out. They were look­ing at whether there was any truth to pain be­ing caused by cer­tain weather con­di­tions. For decades, if not cen­turies, many of those who suf­fer from arthri­tis, back pain or even headaches swear that their pain is worse when the weather turns bad or is about to change. For some it is cooler weather, for oth­ers it is damper, more hu­mid con­di­tions that they say cause their pain to worsen. Some suf­fer more when the baro­met­ric pres­sure changes and can even “pre­dict” a change in weather with their achy joints.

I read th­ese stud­ies pub­lished in th­ese is­sues, in th­ese highly re­spected jour­nals, and have come to my own con­clu­sions re­gard­ing their re­search. To put it nicely, I think they’re a load of bunk!

The re­searchers in th­ese stud­ies have con­cluded that there is no causal re­la­tion­ship between the weather and joint or back pain. A load of bunk. De­cem­ber Be­ing in chi­ro­prac­tic prac­tice for

25 years I have seen the op­po­site. On days with cer­tain types of weather, or if weather is to worsen in a few days, I see more pa­tients com­plain­ing that their arthri­tis is act­ing up, or that they feel “achy all over”.

A few days ago, it was “I have a headache” in my of­fice. It was a day of mod­er­ately in­tense wind. Pa­tients (in­clud­ing my­self) re­ported wak­ing up with pres­sure in there si­nuses and a tight band around their head.

Many doc­tors, chi­ro­prac­tors and mas­sage ther­a­pists hear sto­ries like th­ese from pain suf­fer­ers on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. While th­ese are just anec­do­tal, there has to be some value put on th­ese sto­ries as com­pared to trusted med­i­cal jour­nals. While the the find­ings of th­ese stud­ies con­tra­dict what anec­do­tal ev­i­dence shows, is there re­ally any value in do­ing more stud­ies to prove or dis­prove this re­la­tion­ship? It’s not like there is a drug com­pany look­ing to cre­ate a new med­i­ca­tion for baro­met­ri­cally chal­lenged peo­ple. Maybe re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties in cer­tain cli­mates would use the re­search find­ings as a mar­ket­ing tool to at­tract arthri­tis suf­fer­ers.

Those of you who suf­fer the winds of change, I wish I had a so­lu­tion that did not in­volve a change of venue. Just know that you are not crazy, even though med­i­cal re­search may say oth­er­wise.

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