If you Google both barometric pressure and multiple sclerosis, you will get a lot of hits. A lot of the articles on Google are personal comments, indicating that they are, or seem to be affected by changes in the pressure, whether high or low.
I haven’t found any scientific articles in my cursory look into the subject, but I certainly feel I am affected by this. Just before the rain comes in, and the pressure lowers, I feel like I am more affected, and feel weaker.
These things are often felt by many sufferers before there is any scientific evidence uncovered to verify our feelings and ideas. Should we be concerned about this? After all, we’re the ones who have MS, not the scientists!
Well, yes, I think we do in fact need to be concerned about this. There is such a thing as herd mentality, where people tend to go along with the most important people, agreeing with them on issues, and believing the same things they believe.
Does this apply to this circumstance? I have seen a group of comments about barometric pressure on social media, and I have decided that, yes, this affects me too. Thinking about it in a more scientific way now though, I wonder … My head and sinuses feel heavy. Am I imagining that because others are mentioning the current low pressure, and that they are feeling affected? Who knows.
There are many examples given on many sites on the internet, some personal, some nonsensical, some scientific. I’ll go with the scientific, such as this one. If you look at it, we will see many historical examples of mob mentality, where people follow along with others, no matter what. Not wanting to stand out can be an issue, that explains some of this, and also perhaps wanting an explanation for something that is happening to you.
Of course, for some things, there isn’t really an explanation, and some things just happen because of a combination of circumstances, that may never happen in quite the same way again. Humans like to have reasons, and will often snatch at silly ones, because they don’t want to believe the is no actual reason. Sometimes things just happen.
So what do you think about this? Herd mentality? Coincidence? Or truth? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this … Leave a comment!