Well, at least it affects me. It's been raining in N. Central Texas for almost two weeks straight, now, and I'm hurting. Hurting makes me cranky.
I don't know if it's so much the lupus that makes my muscles and joints ache as much as it is the fibromyalgia. At any rate, it's understood among lupus patients that a barometric pressure change can do a lot of damage to our bodies.
I knew one young woman several years ago who related the story that she was driving from N Central TX to Louisiana and encountered a severe drop in barometric pressure. So much of her body was crippled, she had to stop in a small town and go to the ER. They kept her for several days, which blew her schedule apart, but after receiving IV doses of prednisone, she was able to continue her trip.
Not all of us have this response, though. That's one of the things about this disease: No "one size fits all." I do better in the colder weather than in the heat. Even when I go outside in the summer heat wearing long sleeves, long pants and a broad-brimmed hat, I am completely depleted of any energy I might have had before stepping out the door.
In the colder weather, unless it's very damp, I do much better with my energy level. Some people cannot function in the colder climes, and part of it may be due to Reynaud's Disease, where the feet and hands turn red and chapped looking and tingle. This can occur even at the frozen foods section of the supermarket. It doesn't seem to bother me, though the lupus person right next to me is wearing gloves as she sorts through the frozen goods.
I think I've done enough typing for today. My hands ache and I'm making too many errors that even spell check might not catch.
Everybody, take care of yourselves, okay?