Rheumatology International

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 377–385 | Cite as

Which is the dominant factor for perception of rheumatic pain: meteorology or psychology?

  • Hasan Fatih ÇayEmail author
  • Ilhan Sezer
  • Mehmet Z. Firat
  • Cahit Kaçar
Original Article


It is believed that there is an association between the weather and rheumatic symptoms. We aimed to investigate what kind of association is present and what are the factors which determine the nature of this association. Fifty-six subjects with rheumatic disease (31 RA, 15 SpA, 10 OA) who live in Antalya were followed between December 2005 and July 2006. Patients were asked to fill diaries which contain questions regarding the symptoms of their rheumatic diseases everyday. In every monthly visit, disease activity measurement, laboratory assessment and Beck depression inventory assessment were recorded. The symptomatic and psychological measurements were matched with the meteorological data of Antalya Regional Directorate of Meteorological Service of Turkish State. Correlation of symptoms with weather variables was investigated. Contributory effect of weather and of psychologic factors on symptom scores were evaluated by stepwise multiple regression analysis. Eighty-four percent of subjects belive in an association between weather and rheumatism, while 57% claimed to have ability to forecast weather. The maximum correlation coefficient between weather and arthritis symptoms was −0.451 and the maximum contribution of weather on symptoms was 17.1%. Arthritis symptoms were significantly contributed by Beck depression score. The belief about presence of weather–arthritis association was found to be stronger than its statistical power. Our results did not prove or rule out the presence of weather–rheumatism association. As long as the scientific attempts result in failure, the intuitive support in favour of the presence of weather–arthritis association will go on forever.


Weather Rheumatoid arthritis Spondyloarthropathies Osteoarthritis Pain Psychological status Antalya Turkey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hasan Fatih Çay
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ilhan Sezer
    • 1
  • Mehmet Z. Firat
    • 2
  • Cahit Kaçar
    • 3
  1. 1.Rheumatology DepartmentAntalya Education and Research HospitalSoğuksu, AntalyaTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Animal Science, Biometry and Genetics UnitAkdeniz University Faculty of AgricultureAntalyaTurkey
  3. 3.Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and Rheumatology DepartmentAkdeniz University Faculty of MedicineAntalyaTurkey

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