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   Posted 5/23/2017 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

My wife is 43 and has RA. We just cant seem to get her meds right and every time it rains, she is in pain. We live in NJ and are thinking of moving to NC to help her RA. I know AZ would be the best choice but we are east coast people.

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


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   Posted 5/23/2017 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I happened to see your post. I checked in the archives here at HW & found an old thread dated 2007 discussing places to live. They mainly stated, cold temps, humidity, rain & any time the barometric pressure changed it aggravated their symptoms. Some of them that did move said it changed nothing. The things they listed can affect anyone with any type of arthritis. Not sure which of meds she has taken but I hope there is something that can help her.

Sorry I could not be of any help.

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   Posted 5/24/2017 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My rheumotologist has said that I can take naprosen when weather changes increase the pain. Have you talked to your doctor about that? Also, I have had family members with various ai diseases move all over to warmer states including AZ and have not gotten any better. I would defiantly ask your doctor what she can take short term for weather related flare ups?
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   Posted 5/26/2017 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   

I am originally from Long Island but live in coastal South Carolina now, and have a brother in NC and can tell you I feel the same in all three places. But having said that, life is definitely easier for someone with RA living where you are not having to deal with snow, ice and extreme cold. Having RA is stressful and so is living in very cold or hot climates. I also lived in South Florida and Rochester, NY, and both were difficult, not because I had more pain, but because in addition to having RA I had to deal with unpleasant weather (too hot or too cold) often, and when you have a lot of doctor appointments, that makes life a little harder. Hope that helps.

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   Posted 5/26/2017 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
John, sorry about your wife's diagnosis. Maybe if they got her meds straight, she might feel better, even in the rain. I have lived in SE Georgia, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. It's so hard to say about locations and how you will feel. Sometimes humidity is a factor. If I had the money, I'd be in San Diego right now. Also, fluctuations in barometric pressure can make the RA feel worse.

The closer your live to the beach in the SE, the less rain you get. West of 95, you get more rain. Summers can be a rough time for me b/c of the humidity and showers. I think we all feel best in fair weather! I had a doctor tell me to move to Arizona but I am a beach person.

Some people get a little relief from taking a good fish oil. I take one called Maxi Tears and I can tell a difference.
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