Bad weather isn’t to blame for your aching back

Do you have an older relative or friend who says “There’s a storm coming” because his or her back is hurting more than usual? A team of Australian researchers has one thing to say to that person: bunk.

Daniel Steffens, of the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, Australia, and his colleagues followed nearly 1,000 people who were seen for acute low back pain in several Sydney primary care clinics. To see if the pain was linked to weather, the investigators noted the weather conditions when the back pain started, as well one week and one month earlier.

And they found … nothing. No connection between back pain and temperature, rain, humidity, or air pressure. The results were published online in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

“Our findings refute previously held beliefs that certain common weather conditions increase risk of lower back pain,” Steffens said in a news release from the journal.

Weather and pain – more research needed

Sudden onset of low back pain is extremely common. Most of us have at least one episode during our lifetime. Why does this happen? Some people blame changes in the weather, but the new Australian study doesn’t support that.

This isn’t the first word on the pain-weather connection. For example, back in 1995, Robert Newlin Jamison, PhD, professor of psychiatry and anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues asked more than 500 people with chronic pain living in four different cities if weather affected their pain. Most said yes. The perceptions weren’t related to regional climate, but the researchers couldn’t rule out if changes in weather had an effect.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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