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How the weather affects the pain of citizen scientists using a smartphone app

Weather has been thought to affect symptoms in patients with chronic disease since the time of Hippocrates over 2000 years ago. Around three-quarters of people living with arthritis believe their pain is affected by the weather. A multivariable case-crossover analysis including the four state weather variables demonstrated that an increase in relative humidity was associated with a higher odds of a pain event. The analysis demonstrated significant relationships between relative humidity, pressure, wind speed and pain. The ‘worst’ combination of weather variables would increase the odds of a pain event by just over 20% compared to an average day.