Journal of Health Care and Research [ISSN: 2582-8967]
Article Type: Commentary
J Health Care and Research. 2021 Nov 01;2(3):153-56
1Medical Research/Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
2Integrative Medicine Japan (IMJ), Shikoku Island division, director, Tokushima, Japan
Corresponding Author: Hiroshi BANDO, MD, PhD, FACP ORCID iD
Address: Tokushima University /Medical Research, Nakashowa 1-61, Tokushima 770-0943, Japan.
Received date: 19 September 2021; Accepted date: 25 October 2021; Published date: 01 November 2021
Citation: Bando H. Weather-Related Pain or Meteoropathy has been Attracting Attention. J Health Care and Research. 2021 Nov 01;2(3):153-56.
Copyright © 2021 Bando H. This is an open-access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Weather-Related Pain, Meteoropathy, Pain Self–Efficacy Questionnaire, Pain Catastrophizing Scale, Atmospheric Pressure, Exercise–Induced Hypoalgesia
Abbreviations: PSEQ: Pain Self–Efficacy Questionnaire; PCS: Pain Catastrophizing Scale; EIH: Exercise–Induced Hypoalgesia
Recent topic concerning weather-related pain or meteoropathy is described. Such symptoms are observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or headache, neck pain, stiff shoulder, back pain. Patients often feel pain when atmospheric pressure showed lower pressure of 1003-1007 hPa or decrease of 6-10 hPa. From psychosomatic point of view, decreased self-efficacy or higher catastrophic thinking are involved. Several questionnaires are useful for the evaluation, such as Pain Disability Assessment Scale (PDAS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Pain Self–Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ), and Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS). For treatment, exercise–induced hypoalgesia (EIH) would be effective.