I couldn’t help but contribute another “B” post for today, especially since I’ve been suffering all day with the uncomfortable effects of being a human barometer.
I swear my body reacts to the changes in barometric pressure, especially before rain.
A list of my symptoms (since I’m a list girl):
- pressure on my lungs – next time you’re up for a bath, pay attention to the increase in pressure on your lungs when you horizontally submerge yourself up to your neck. For me, it’s not as noticeable when I’m upright (like in a pool or at the beach), or even horizontal in a pool or at the beach, but the pressure I feel on my lungs when I’m horizontal in the bathtub is the same pressure I feel when it’s about to rain.
- difficulty breathing – partially related to the “pressure on my lungs” phenomenon, but different in that it’s more like the air feels thick, like every breath I take is jam packed with microscopic water molecules.
- joint/bone pain – deep bone pain especially in my knees and ankles, and strangely enough my tibia (shin bone). I know bones have no nerves or pain receptors, but it truly feels like the insides of my bones are aching.
- face/neck pressure – have you ever eaten a meal extremely high in sodium (i.e. Chinese food) and experienced face/neck pressure as if all that sodium in your stomach is pushing your face/neck up and out? That’s the feeling I’m talking about. Funny thing is that I have extremely low blood pressure (normal for me is 80ish/50ish).
- overall feeling of claustrophobia
- overall feeling of irritability
The amazing thing is, is that as soon as it either rains or starts to clear up, most of my symptoms go away. The joint/bone pain subsides but lingers, but maybe that’s just age related or something. It’s a good thing I live in on the sunny side of one of the Hawaiian islands!