does changing weather affect your moods, too?

Christine - posted on 04/01/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




whenever the weather changes, i have a more difficult time keeping my pain under control---but sometimes it seems like i have trouble with my moods, also, when the weather is changing. i get more depressed and cry alot.

i'm not sure if it is coincidence, or if there is really a connection. does anyone else notice this?


√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 05/31/2011




I know this is an old post but ohhhhhh yes, weather affects mood. The pressure from clouds rolling in puts pressure on your body and makes you ache more. The lack of sun causes people to become sadder. Seattle, WA has a bunch of depressed people and people who have found that they have become depressed after living there for several years due to lack of sun. Also, humidity vs dry........ these are huge impacts on our health. It's why my mom wanted to move to California - so I'd be happier in the sun depression wise and she and my dad would have less pain body wise


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Lauren - posted on 05/19/2012




Wow!!! I thought I was the only one that this happened to. I have pain everyday, but on days that it is cloudy and rainy or just overcast in general, my pain level sky rockets and I become so irritable. I think the moodiness stems from the pain going out of control. My son is 2 1/2 and has Cerebral Palsy, so I am constantly lifting him through out each day. He weighs 25lbs now, so I can only imagine how it will be when he starts gaining more weight!! Good luck to you!!

Victoria - posted on 03/04/2012




Hiya Christine,

I have had chronic pain and various other problems since I was five when I first had a rare form of cancer and the weather really does affect your pain and your moods too!

My pain is a lot worse and harder to handle when it is cld and wet, obviously this is not going to help our moods but also I suffer from SAD so when the sun isnt out then I do get down and moody.

I belong to a couple of support groups on facebook and eveyone that I have spoken to says the same thing.

Both my daughters have hypermobilty so they get a lot of pain in their joints and bones and they have a lot more pain too when it is cold..

I am always on facebook if you ever want to chat, would be lovely to say hi!

Love from Victoria


Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2011




Definitely! We are actually moving to a warmer climate due to my condition. When it's cold and rainy or snowy I notice that my pain increases and I can't seem to do more than I absolutely have to.

Sheila - posted on 04/15/2011




I agree with you Anne. Man when the weather changes my pain is difficult to manage no matterhow much pain medication I take. I do find myself more moody and emotionally as well, crying more easily. And I pride myself on being a strong person always have, but this back injury has certainly changed some of that in me..:( But I think all of us that suffer with pain know it isn't always easy to keep that smile on your face. I read an article once and boy it said it. ( Just because you don't see the pain on my face, doesn't mean I am not in pain). How true that is. So of course I am on an antidepressent as well.

Catherine - posted on 04/15/2009




Damp is my nemesis. Cold makes me almost non functional. Too hot does the same thing. Gray makes me depressed.

Anne - posted on 04/15/2009




I agree with all of you. When I thought  about this question It seems that the real problem may not be that the weather causes the mood swing as much as the weather causes the pain to increase and when that happens it is so much harder to do things, or move, and that in turn makes me crabby. I remember it was early December the year before I had both of my hips replaced, it had been very rainy, cold, and damp for about 4 days. I felt worse each day, by the last day of the rain I wanted to sit in the middle of the room and cry because of all of the things I was not getting done after working an 8 hour day and still not really knowing what was wrong with me. The afternoon the weather changed within about 2 hours of the rain stopping ant the sun coming out I did not hurt as much and my mood was soo much better. Now if I know the weather is going to be effecting my pain level I try to read something uplifting through out the day. For me it the Psalms in my Bible.

Kathy - posted on 04/11/2009




I suffer from FMS and talked with my Physio about how the pain is so much worse with changes in the weather. She confirms that changes in Barometric Pressure do affect pain levels!

Kimberly - posted on 04/07/2009




Yeah, it does. I get achy all over and just generally crabby. Random weather eats my soul and makes depression rear it's evil, ugly little head. Especially right now. We went from pretty sunny 70s weather to possible freezing weather that's been a high of low 40s over night. I hate it. And since I work at a pool as a lifeguard I'm around a lot of humidity which just makes the achy cold worse. You're not the only one out there that gets bummed by the weather.

Amanda - posted on 04/03/2009




I think so, if it's gloomy,cold or rainy and I am in more pain, also tired, my mood drops. I think it is the element of many things but, I do agree.

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