I've seldom been more irritated to read a news report than this morning.
It is nearly 2,500 years since the Greek physician Hippocrates noticed a connection between pain and the weather, but scientists have shown that it may well be true.
Researchers at Manchester University spent months tracking thousands of people who suffer from conditions like arthritis, back pain and migraines to see if their symptoms got worse in good or bad weather.
The participants who were based in Leeds, Norwich and London - reported that as the number of sunny days increased from February to June, the amount of time they experienced severe pain fell.
However when there was a period of wet weather in June and fewer hours of sunlight, the level of pain increased once again.
Scientists think that it could be the fall in pressure behind the phenomenon which causes fluid in the joints to shift. Low pressure also brings rain, so people may be mistaking the downpour for the cause of their increased discomfort.
The 18-month project, called Cloudy With A Chance Of Pain, is currently at the halfway stage. Participants log on to an app and record their symptoms. The app also logs where they are and the exact weather at the time they enter the information.
Professor Will Dixon, who treats people with arthritis at Salford Royal hospital, is leading the research.
He said: "We have long heard anecdotal evidence about how people with chronic conditions say they suffer more when the weather is bad - a lot of my patients tell me that they can predict the weather based on how they are feeling.
"But amazingly there has never really been any real research into it - even though that around 28 million people in the UK suffer from some form of chronic pain."
There's more at the link.
I'm irritated because this problem is so widespread, and so many people suffer from it, that I can't believe doctors and scientists haven't gotten the message by now.
One of the things that binds Miss D. and I together is our shared experience of pain, historically, day by day, and particularly when the weather changes. (Her knee was smashed into a lot of tiny pieces by a careless driver a decade ago, and as regular readers will know, I ended up partly disabled, with a fused spine and nerve damage, after a work-related injury in 2004.) It's gotten so that when either of us begins to hurt badly, we'll often ask the other if they're feeling the same. If they are, we automatically assume that bad weather's about to move in - and I can't recall a single incident where we've been wrong. Thank goodness for painkillers at times like those! Just this week, a thunderstorm rolled over and woke both of us in the middle of the night, hurting badly. At least we could commiserate with each other, even if there was nothing we could do about it except share a cup of tea and a pain pill.
The connection between weather and pain is so commonplace (I've seen it so often, in so many people, that I've lost count) that I can't help but blink in disbelief that there are those who think it needs to be scientifically proved. This is one area where anecdotes are so overwhelming that they must surely constitute evidence . . . surely? Or are the eggheads blind to lived reality? Are there no scientists or doctors who've suffered similar injuries, and can therefore confirm from their own experience that the connection between pain and weather is real?