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Back pains in the high humidity?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:06 pm
by DEB
Any idea why my back and leg bother me more when the humidity is higher? I live in the Chicago land area and it has been a humid summer.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:15 pm
by randolph
Hi DEB

When there is less air pressure on our body, the gases in your joints expand and cause pain. (from page 271 of MAD ABOUT PHYSICS - Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities by Jargodzki and Potter). Since times of low pressure are usually stormy times with increased humidity, it follows that times of high humidity might account for your increased joint and back pain. And since most storms happen in the colder months, I would suppose you are completely justified, DEB, to desire to go to less stormy (and coincidently warmer) climates during the winter months for pain relief. Do you think we might get our medical insurance companies to pay for trips to Hawaii as a medical expense? :lol:

Randolph