Scientists at the Arctic University of Norway have found that the sensation of pain is directly related to weather events, the Naked Science portal wrote on September 22. In turn, doctor Aleksey Dobrovolsky, in an interview with Narodnaya Novosti on September 23, agreed with the conclusions of the Scandinavian experts and explained the effect of weather on well-being, and also told when people experience pain the most.
The Norwegian experts decided to test the theory of the relationship between pain and weather and conducted a study for which 19 thousand volunteers were selected. At the same time, there were almost equal numbers of men and women in the group, and their average age was 57 years.
To understand the effect of weather on the sensation of pain, the scientists conducted a special test for 12 months: the subjects put on a squeezing cuff on their shins and asked them to keep their hands in ice water, while simultaneously recording detailed weather indicators – air temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, etc.
As it turned out, temperature and pressure have the greatest effect on pain. So, the participants in the experiment could keep their hand in the water for a longer time when the weather was cold outside. At the same time, the researchers failed to find out whether psychological and physiological factors influence the perception of the pain effect.
Alexey Dobrovolsky confirmed that in cold weather people really endure pain more easily. According to him, it is no coincidence that there are “frosts” that can stop pain.
“Hot weather with high temperatures will make the pain worse. At elevated temperatures, the conductivity of pain receptors will be higher, so the person will feel the pain brighter and stronger. In cold weather, the effect will diminish. Cold can be used as a pain reliever, ”the doctor explained.
Also, the physician called atmospheric pressure a factor influencing human feelings. He noted that this influence should not be overestimated.
“Pressure affects vascular spasms, which affects pain tolerance. But all these influences are quite insignificant. Everything is at the level of research or hypotheses. An ordinary person is unlikely to pay attention to changes in cloudy or sunny weather, ”added Dobrovolsky.
Earlier on Thursday, cardiologist, somnologist and candidate of medical sciences Irina Litvyakova called atypical signs of myocardial infarction. These, she said, include the so-called asthmatic form, accompanied by a dry cough, suffocation and a feeling of tightness in the chest.