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Fact vs. fiction: Can your bones really predict the weather?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Aching joints predicting the weather has long been one of the biggest controversies in medicine, but now, some doctors are admitting that the knees know.

"It's just sort of an ache...it kinda tells you that something is coming," says David Brady.

For David Brady, that something is usually bad weather. Just before the rain drops start falling on his head, an aching pain or discomfort shoots up his leg.

"I've got arthritis in my knees and you know I can tell when it's going to rain," he claims.

It's not just an old wives tale or urban myth. Doctors say they hear from their patients all the time that there is a connection between bad weather and bones held together with tendons and ligaments. When the weather changes, the joints tell them before the weather forecasters do.

"As the temperatures change or there's an extreme change in temperature, the joints being very affected by the barometric pressure can swell a little bit and due to that many patients with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, even fibroid myalgia can just feel those ambient changes," Dr. Sonali Khandelwal-Balidya explains.

Patients feeling that aching pain the most are people whose nerves in the knees, elbows and other joints are already irritated, torn or damaged.

"I guess it's always storming then (laughs)," one Chicagoan told FOX 32. "I've always got an ache."

"My mother always sad that was true," another said. "She would say if her knee hurt or something like that or whatever...the weather was changing."

Others, though, are still skeptical.

"I hear a lot of people say that's what's happening to them, but I have never been---maybe I haven't been in tune to my body and maybe that's why I don't see the connection," a woman countered.

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