Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD and CRPS) Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I) and Causalgia (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)(RSD and CRPS)


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Old 11-07-2006, 09:01 AM #1
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Default Barometric Pressure

Okay...saw my pain doc yesterday. She said the changes in the barometric pressure is what is making everyone here (about 75% of her rsd patients) hurt so bad right now. That means all these "fronts" moving in and out of the area.

I seem to recall "something" about this somewhere. Can't recall where. Maybe here???

Anyway, I'm wondering first if any of you have heard this. And secondly, is there a website that tracks the barometric pressure so I can start doing this. One that has, say PAST pressure, and CURRENT pressure, and possibly one that can predict the FUTURE pressure???

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HI LisaM ,

My doc says that all the time too and also that the change of seasons do it too!! I found a web site that tracks or tells you what the Barometric pressure is in my area, i think you can hit the link at the top of the page and change the zip code to get yours. Hope this helps.

http://www.wx.com/myweather.cfm?ZIP=13790

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Thank you Amber. I got your link...changed my zip...and it gives the current BP, but doesn't give a current detailed outlook. Do you know of a site that gives historical data, like what the BP was LAST WEEK, or what they predict it will be tomorrow or next week? Or is it even possible to predict that, do you know???

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Hi LisaM, You could always get an outdoor or indoor weather station. Some of them will allow you to get future readings. I have saw some of them that are not priced too high. My sister has one and it has always been pretty accurate.

The change in the pressure definitely does make a difference in pain levels.

You may want to google ways to gauge barometric pressure..

I hope you have a good day and find the info you are looking for.

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lisa -
i found this site-
you can change the date/area ect and it will show the pressure history

http://www.wunderground.com/history/...q_statename=NA
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We are all walking barometers. Or should I say crawling moaning incoherint most of the time when the pains are real bad - barometers.



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I have had Firbromyalgia a whole lot longer than RSD & I use to tell my family that the weather was about to change for the worst.

Well lo & behold, my husband would watch the weather that & by gosh & by golly I was right. I predicted it even before the weather man could on TV most of the time. Even in the dead of summer I knew when a severe storm was on it's way. The minuted the BP was about to or had just started to go down I knew it.

Doesn't matter what type of pain anyone is in, MS, Lupus, Sjogren's, Fibro, RSD, Arthritis. This is just a very well known fact amont any group of people that are in chronic pain. I think it would be rather hard to predict exactly when the change was coming except to follow the weather to the west of where you live to see when a low pressure system was advancing in an easterly direction.

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I am with you on this one. I have had chronic back pain, almost full body myofacial pain, with what has been diagnosed as fibromyalgia for 30 years, and 20 of those arthritis due to old injuries (even though I am not quite 50). I used to get worse with the approaching storms.

It was nothing like it is now with the RSD. It is WAY worse now.

Weather Underground has always been more accurate for me than any other weather site.

A home barometer is not expensive, but won't predict ahead. But, like Debby said, you learn to watch the weather coming at you for the big "L" low pressures.

When the barometer goes low is the only time I really cannot quite stand the pain. It really becomes unbearable then. I head to bed with blankets, my cats, and books or tv or what ever I can to try to keep my mind off it till the pressure stabilizes or goes up again. Here in Ohio, it is up and down, up and down.... ugh.

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When the barometer goes low is the only time I really cannot quite stand the pain. It really becomes unbearable then. I head to bed with blankets, my cats, and books or tv or what ever I can to try to keep my mind off it till the pressure stabilizes or goes up again. Here in Ohio, it is up and down, up and down.... ugh.

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So, when you say "when the barometer goes low" - do you mean when it gets below a certain point, or do you mean when the weatherman says "barometer at such and such and falling."

Have any of you gauged it so well that you can say to yourself, "When the barometer gets below this number, I may as well stay in bed" ?

Sorry for all the (probably very silly) questions. I'm just trying to figure out how all of you have used this "tool" to live your life and plan maybe your activities or house cleaning or whatever. LOL!

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My Dr. tells Bill and I that all of the time. When I'm hurting, the barometric pressure is changing and when Bill's breathing is worse he tells Bill the same thing. Bill starts complaining about his breathing when it is changing and my RSD gets really bad.

I haven't followed it though to see to compare it though. It's changing now and Bill's having trouble breathing this morning.

Do you use Lidoderm patches? I keep them on my shoulders when I'm hurting and they help some but I will say when I'm in a full flare up nothing does the job.

If you read back on the old forum though, I would say you'd see many conversations about that. I just mentioned it in my post about Paula Abdul before I saw this post.


Debby's right I think it affects any illness. My friend has gout and she goes on about how much more she hurts.

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