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   Posted 12/30/2016 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.. I am fairly new here and to the diagnosis... I am learning and trying to figure out my next steps. My daughter graduates high school in June and I am thinking about where I would like to move. I understand that humidity can be hard on RA, is everyone different, or is this pretty much right for all of us? I love Key West when I was there last year... ;)

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   Posted 12/30/2016 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi BKelly,

Shortly after I was diagnosed with RA my husband and I moved to south Florida (Delray Beach) and I didn't experience a greater degree of pain or stiffness there. But I was on Enbrel, a biologic, which completely erased all symptoms of the disease. However I think it depends on what stage of the disease you're in. Now, 20 years later, we live in a coastal town in South Carolina and I have a lot more pain. But I don't know if that is due to the fact that I'm older, that the meds just don't seem to work as well over a long period of time, the fact that I do have some joint damage now which causes pain, or the humidity. I'm sure the humidity doesn't help but I don't think that's the primary reason for my pain. But if you're on meds that are controlling your symptoms and you feel well now, I'd move where you want. You might be fine there, and since that's the area you love I think it's worth trying. You can always move if it doesn't work out.
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   Posted 1/1/2017 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi BKelly,
Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming graduation. I live in Northern California on the ocean. Moderate temps and humid. We visit family in Colorado often. Dry and warm. I don't notice any difference in symptoms. I'm on enbril also.

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   Posted 1/13/2017 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your daughter's graduation. I've lived in south Georgia and northern Florida for many years. The humidity gets to me and we have plenty of it for about 8 months out of the year. But for some, it's the change in barometric pressure that causes pain and from what I've read, Key West and the Miami area have some of the most stable barometric pressure in the US, next to San Diego. It's trial and error with moving. Let us know if you move to Key West and find some relief, that would be interesting.
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