Yep, you two are right. These teeny studies that get published as if they've uncovered some great information really can be annoying. I'd overlooked the 28-day part, sometimes the weather can be pretty stable over that short a timeline.
I guess I should be thankful that we don't get as wild swings as what you've described. But we do get some terrible changes in air pressure when different fronts drop over the mountains.
Anyway, it's a flawed study and I wonder who underwrote it to get it such wide distribution.
I agree that "sensitivity" seems to be an important word here. But I also wonder what were the parameters they used to measure pain?
Looking at my pain diary over the past few days, the chilly damp weather only increased the pain level from a 6 to a 7. However the nature of the pain was much different. Cold damp pain is deeper and bone aching, tighter muscles, like the whole length of the thigh muscle hurts instead of just a 4" span.
Summer's high dry heat brings on migraines and lots of neck and shoulder problems. So there again the pain level number might not change, but the nature of the pain is very different, and definitely driven by the weather.
I went looking for the article on WebMD Facebook but couldn't find it, that's probably me overlooking the post in all the clatter about the new issue of the magazine.
So anyway, we had a chilly and damp day yesterday, which is uncommon for our region. I was aching from head to toe, on the heating pad a lot to ease my back. Today we're back to sun and I'm much better. So baloney on that weather study. We live it and know better!
I have a spiral notebook that I take to all appointments, doctor, imaging, physical therapy, anything.
Between appointments I use those sticky notes to jot down things I want to discuss. I stick them on the inside cover of the notebook. Then before an appointment I start a new page in the notebook with my questions or observations, using those stickies plus the reasons for the appt. During the appointment I take notes about what the dr says.
At first some were weird about the notebook, but now all of them like it. My PCP actually asks to see it when she comes into the exam room. And at the end of the appt she goes over what I've written to make sure I haven't confused anything. My neurologist prints out his notes for me at the end of the visit, and I just tape that in.
I've explained to all that I need it to remember what gets discussed in the appointments. I only use it for my communication and reference. It also keeps me "on task" so I don't forget things.
In addition, I also have a separate pocket folder where I keep copies of lab results and disks of MRIs and X-rays. My drs can get the imaging online, but sometimes those systems go down and it just makes things easier if I pull them out. That's usually only for new doctors.
Can you tell that I used to be an accountant in my working days?
I've been taking zyflamend for a few months now, you can probably find it at any health store and widely available online. It's an herbal capsule, mix of turmeric, ginger, and others, specifically for inflammation. So far it's been good for me.
As with any herbal, it takes weeks to see improvement. But no side effects, so that's a big hooray!View Thread