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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