Some say a temperature swing comes with aches and pains

Some say a temperature swing comes with aches and pains

Mary Louise Dahl and the TV weather man are not always on the same page.

"Sometimes I think I can predict it better than they can,” said Dahl.

She is a resident of Westmont Healthcare Community in, Logan, Iowa, and has had several surgeries.

Mary said when the weather changes, she can feel aches in her knees, legs and hands.

"Sometimes it's kind of subtle, and sometimes it's not," she said.

Beverly Kouma, another resident at Westmont, has a form of arthritis.

She said her aches and pains depend on the storm.

"If it's just rain, it doesn't bother me too much, but thunder, lightning, if it gets cold, that makes it hurt too,” said Kouma.

In the coming days, the FOX 42 Weather Center predicts a possible 30 degree swing in temperature.

We wanted to know, could something like this affect a person’s health?

"There's lots of scientific studies out there, some say it can affect, some say it can't," said Carrie Perkins, a registered nurse at Westmont.

She said pressure in the atmosphere could play a factor.

"I have not done studies myself, but I have a bad knee, I get headaches, and the weather does affect it,” said Perkins. “Medically I've seen it a lot in my career, especially with the elderly. I think they feel a lot with they have arthritis and issues with their joints and nerves."

When it comes to weather and the common cold and flu, though, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has more to do with who you’re around, rather than the weather conditions you’re in.

For more tips on how to stay healthy no matter what the temperature is outside, check out this page on the CDC website.

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