Have you ever felt a weather change in your bones? Changes in barometric pressure really can affect people, some people more than others. Changes in blood pressure and increased joint pain can occur at the same time as barometric changes. However, other changes also usually occur at the same time as barometric changes, things such as temperature changes, precipitation, and wind speed changes. So it’s hard to pinpoint whether a person’s physical changes are due to changes in the barometric pressure or if there are other causes. However, because so many people report having symptoms that occur in connection with changes in barometric pressure, it is quite worth investigating. So what could barometric pressure affect? One of the symptoms is changes in blood pressure. Since we understand Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion, we know that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For the sake of our discussion, this means that when the barometric pressure increases, so can a person’s blood pressure. Another symptom is headaches when air pressure changes and causes a different amount of pressure to be exerted on a person’s sinuses. Barometric pressure may also change the thickness of the fluid surrounding the joints, causing joint pain. Blood can also thicken, affecting a person’s blood sugar.

Key Points:

  • 1Changes in barometric pressure that accompany storms and shifts in weather patterns do affect our bodies, and many people are more sensitive to those effects than others.
  • 2Although it’s been indicated as a possible cause for everything from changes in blood pressure to an increase in joint pain, it can be difficult to pinpoint barometric pressure changes as the definitive cause for these issues when so many other atmospheric changes — like temperature, precipitation and wind speed and direction — often accompany shifts in weather.
  • 3After comparing these diaries with the barometric pressure changes noted at the nearby weather station, they found a direct correlation between lower atmospheric pressure and the onset and duration of migraines.


Although it’s been indicated as a possible cause for everything from changes in blood pressure to an increase in joint pain, it can be difficult to pinpoint barometric pressure changes as the definitive cause for these issues when so many other atmospheric changes — like temperature, precipitation and wind speed and direction — often accompany shifts in weather.

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2 thoughts on “How Changes in Barometric Pressure Affect the Human Body

  1. Jerry Blakemore

    My daughter has experienced pain since she was 3-4 years old in her chest and back areas. At first we were told this was growing pains. As time went on the severity became worse, and we have learned it occurs most severely whenever a front moves through and weather experiences a change. Her pain is constant at a 3-4 level and will go up to over 7 during these changes. I have watched a lay on my wife’s lap for several hours and just cry. She is now 22 and it still continues. We have tried Mayo Clinic, Arkansas Children’s hospital and numerous different doctors. No one has found a reason or any abnormalities in her that would cause envy of ghis. She has little to no feeling in her fingers and experiences a lot of floaters in her eyes. Can this possibly be associated with barometric pressures and is there a doctor in Northwest Arkansas that deals with this?

  2. Stacky

    Cant help you as I live in Australia however my 46 year old son suffers what he calls freezes which last up to about 30 seconds when there is a drop in barometric pressure of an evening or it is raining. He was tested for temporal lobe epilepsy but does not have this. He had brain surgery 3 years ago and this condition has occurred since. In your case I would get a referral to a neurologist for your daughter. I hope she can gain relief. We have tried a de-humidifier and this has helped a little.

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