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Posted By : imlynelle - 7/17/2008 10:32 AM
My wonderful hubby is the one in our family suffering from Fibro.  He lately has been mentioning that he may like to move to an area with a more Fibro friendly climate.  Currently we live in paradise (for the rest) and our families are all here, and we both were raised here.  So he doesn't say this lightly.  Where is a good place to live, that has a stable, less painful climate?
Thanks

Posted By : Mrsppmrxky - 7/17/2008 10:59 AM
For me, a climate that is paradise would be mild winters! I have pain when we have a weather front moving in 1 day out........the pain continues until the storm actually hits and breaks in our area. Then my pain lessons.

Living in Alabama with all of the rain and tornados.................it is very difficult.

If you find the land of fibro paradise, please let me know where it is. My husband and I both suffer from fibro. and we would love some relief!

Posted By : getting by - 7/17/2008 11:12 AM
I live in northern Michigan and it can be brutal. I have been told that New Mexico and Arizona are good states. They are dry. But I don't know about all of that heat.

Good luck on finding a wonderful place to live, we may all follow you there.LOL...

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Posted By : Sherrine - 7/17/2008 11:18 AM
Welcome, Imlynelle!  I live in Florida and the fall, winter, and spring is good for me.  But summers are not a lot of fun because we get a lot of rain then.  But, the vast majority of the years is wonderful.
 
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Posted By : Marlee2 - 7/17/2008 11:33 AM
Hi Imlynelle and welcome. I'm glad you joined us there is a lot of good info on here. Read fibro 101 second thread on page. Maybe you can get your DH to join us also.
 
Illinois is not the place to live. We had a very wet spring and every time a thunderstorm pops up I suffer. Right now it's so hot you can't stand it out.
 
We all need to live in a climate controlled pod. tongue
 
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Posted By : Ginny - 7/17/2008 11:36 AM
Oh yes!  If anyone finds a Fibro paradise, please let us all know!! Hahaha!
 
I think living in a place that doesn't have the two extremes would be most helpful?  A place like northern California or Oregon. Where the temperatures, are fairly consistant all year, and not too hot and not too cold.  I'd live in northern California if I could.  I think that would be a great place to live!  But reality has me in southern Alberta, where we do get the extremes in weather.
 
I think I'll be waiting for Heaven to live in paradise!!


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Posted By : Irish Babe - 7/17/2008 11:48 AM

Hi Imlynelle, welcome to the forum. We usually get the person w/ Fibro here, it is nice to also get the spouse. Especially one so supportive of their loved one.

I've lived in New Jersey all my life, I love living near the water. Yet, I don't think this is paradise. We have cold, damp winters, and hot, humid summers. Spring and autumn seem to be extensions of winter. lol. We had a few nice days at the end of spring, then, bam! It was summer.  I would love warm temps, low humidity, soft, gentle breezes.

If you find paradise, pls, pls let us know. We will be there in droves.  I feel like Goldilocks, not too hot, not too cold, juuuust right.

God bless.   Alice.


Posted By : Chutz - 7/17/2008 12:44 PM
Hi Imlynelle and welcome to our family! What an interesting question to post. I love it! I live in Western Washington where we have a marine influence to our weather. That helps to make the winters not as harsh and the summers not scortchers. Of course there are exceptions as there will be anywhere. But I agree with above...mid range of the US and near the coasts would probably be helpful.

I just wonder tho if leaving the home and family he loves might not make the pain worse and cancel out all the benefits of moving. Maybe remodeling the house to make it more comfortable would be an option. Install a heat pump so you will always have an even temperature. Maybe a hot tub for soothing the muscles. I use a water bed for even, warm temperature summer and winter. Just some thoughts...

Please invite hubby to join us. We have a few guys but just like the Marines...we are always looking for a few 'good men'...lol

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Posted By : imlynelle - 7/17/2008 11:26 PM
Thank you to all for the great responses. My teenage daughter will appreciate the hint about Oregon, for she has friends there and it is only a days drive from our current home in North Idaho. I appreciate the climate suggestions. He loved Hawaii when we visited this past winter. But we can't just pop back to visit anytime. Plus our son would be staying behind. My DH is definitely ready for a change - anything. Thanks!

Posted By : jev - 7/18/2008 7:03 AM
Hi Imlynelle! I live in Texas about 40 miles northwest of Houston. Winters here are short and very mild with rarely even a freeze in some winters. Being close to the Gulf of Mexico, that's where the bulk of weather influence comes from. Spring and fall are mild and pleasant but way too short. Summer dominates here and it is so dang hot and humid that thunderstorms are welcome anytime we can get them as they offer the only real break from the heat (except for the occasional hurricane which makes things rather interesting). Nights aren't too bad.....it's usually in the low 70's and usually there's a nice breeze blowing the nearer ro the coast you get or the farther out in the open country away from the cities or thick trees and undergrowth. Summer seems to begin in early May and doesn't let up until mid to late October so it's as though we only have 2 seasons.......summer and springwinterfall!!!

And therein lies the rub for me.......I am definitely not a hot weather person. The hotter it is, the worse my fibro/cfs is. I'm just the opposite of most fibros.....I love cool to cold weather and rain and thunderstorms. Whenever we have a winter that is colder and longer than normal I am in heaven (but my wife and daughter aren't). I was born and raised here but I've never liked the hot weather and it's only gotten worse the older I've gotten. The thought of the Washington/Oregon coast, even with all the rain, sounds wonderful to me. And what gorgeous scenery too. The only mountains in Texas are in far west Texas and they are very dry and desolate looking. The nicest and most scenic part of this state is the Texas hill country area in the middle to middle-south of the state but it is a lot more expensive to live in that area.

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Posted By : GamJill - 7/18/2008 12:08 PM
Hi Imlynelle-
I know Minnesota is not paradise! Winters are long and harsh & the summers are beautiful but they only last 2-3 months. :( GamJill


 
 
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Posted By : imlynelle - 7/18/2008 3:00 PM

Hi!

Thanks for the info on Texas.  I was under the impression that south was best.  But my hubby let me know that heat is now bad for him also.  It zaps all his energy.  He also suffers from chronic Fatigue so he has none to waste.  It is the barometer change that gets to him the most.  If the weather changes - he hurts.  Then of course the cold is also hard on him.  And here we are 2 hrs from the Canadian border, so we have more winter then summer.  This last spring was tough on him.  Our spring weather was nonexistent, just an extended winter with a lot of storms and cold fronts.  That immediately went to hot {for us  :-) }  Our trip to Hawaii, got him thinking that their are alternatives.  So we are thinking.

Take Care!  Lynelle

 

jev said...
Hi Imlynelle! I live in Texas about 40 miles northwest of Houston. Winters here are short and very mild with rarely even a freeze in some winters. Being close to the Gulf of Mexico, that's where the bulk of weather influence comes from. Spring and fall are mild and pleasant but way too short. Summer dominates here and it is so dang hot and humid that thunderstorms are welcome anytime we can get them as they offer the only real break from the heat (except for the occasional hurricane which makes things rather interesting). Nights aren't too bad.....it's usually in the low 70's and usually there's a nice breeze blowing the nearer ro the coast you get or the farther out in the open country away from the cities or thick trees and undergrowth. Summer seems to begin in early May and doesn't let up until mid to late October so it's as though we only have 2 seasons.......summer and springwinterfall!!!

And therein lies the rub for me.......I am definitely not a hot weather person. The hotter it is, the worse my fibro/cfs is. I'm just the opposite of most fibros.....I love cool to cold weather and rain and thunderstorms. Whenever we have a winter that is colder and longer than normal I am in heaven (but my wife and daughter aren't). I was born and raised here but I've never liked the hot weather and it's only gotten worse the older I've gotten. The thought of the Washington/Oregon coast, even with all the rain, sounds wonderful to me. And what gorgeous scenery too. The only mountains in Texas are in far west Texas and they are very dry and desolate looking. The nicest and most scenic part of this state is the Texas hill country area in the middle to middle-south of the state but it is a lot more expensive to live in that area.

Gentlest of hugs,
John


Posted By : tink 2 - 7/18/2008 3:21 PM
I to live in Florida just south of Jacksonville. Right now we are getting the bands from the tropical depression of the coast. Lots of rain today. Does any one have a boat I can use?  Irish Babe if you see me floating by in my hot tub pull me in please.   We have 2 or 3 months of heat and humity and I really suffer because I  have Lupus also.  I love the Spring and Fall and the mild winters. I have to agree with Irish Babe New Jersey was my home of birth. I love the sea air and the salt water and walking on the beach and the board walk. The smell of the boardwalk and the food cooking.(pizza sausage peppers and onions fries I need to go home soon)  I lived about 5 miles from it.( now I  live 45 min away and can not go there anyway) The winters are very wet and cold. I guess we could only have that perfect place in our minds........ sad


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Posted By : RedDiane - 7/18/2008 7:13 PM
Hi Imlynelle, I have to agree with your husband. We spent three weeks in Hawaii five years ago and it was the best I have felt in practically forever! Unfortunately, I live in Iowa, and Hawaii is the most expensive state to live in. . But I am still hoping. Diane


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Posted By : Lindaloo - 7/19/2008 12:55 AM
Hi Imlynelle,

And welcome to the forum. I love your question. I live in Florida and like the rest who have posted, it is a great state for fibro, except when the rain falls. That just kills me . But that only happens in the summer months where I live in Ocala. That's in the middle of the state. It is a drier heat here than in the south, where I grew up. I love Florida and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

Keep posting!

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Posted By : Sera Smiles - 7/19/2008 1:01 AM
Hi there- and thanks for a great question. I recently moved to Minnesota and I agree with Jev, hot weather has never agreed with me. The hotter is gets, the worse I feel. Right now in MN its hot and humid, this is my first summer here. Earlier in spring, I loved it! The coolish-cold weather made me feel so much better. I have been told that once autumn is here it will be beautiful. So I can't wait. So far, except for this past week, I am happy here. Plus the people here are some of the nicest people I have met anywhere.
Peace!


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Posted By : talon7461 - 7/20/2008 1:26 PM
My husband and I are thinking about moving to New Mexico when he gets out of the Army, but I'm concerned about the heat as well. I can't stand it, it knocks me out!!! We live in Kentucky now, and I have been thinking since winters here aren't so bad, we may look for a place in Tennessee near the Smokies. It's beautiful out there. Gentle hugs to all.

Posted By : tyno3 - 7/20/2008 6:25 PM
Personally I did extremely well in North Central Florida (near Gainesville) but on the Gulf Coast. It was warm, humid, with little fluctulation in climate. Only six weeks of winter and never below 40 F.It's also affordable b/c it's not a major tourist destination. Can get a modest little house for about $75,000. or rent for $550.00 mo. i had to come back up North due to family problems.

Posted By : rikrac00 - 8/4/2008 10:52 AM
look up a town in Utah named St. George looks good to me

Posted By : crooked river - 8/4/2008 12:08 PM
Hi Imlynelle and welcome to our family :) I'm in Ohio and I hate to say it, but don't move here! Winters are cold and damp, summers are hot and humid. We had a bad cold snap (below zero temps) in early February and I was in great pain for a few days. For weather, I'd definitely agree with Hawaii, but the cost of living is ridiculous. My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters lived there for 3 years (my son-in-law is in the Army), and the last time I visited milk had just gone up to $6.98 a gallon. Not my idea of paradise :)


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Posted By : Mr.T - 8/4/2008 7:44 PM
Hey all,  I am living in my Paradise.  I live in Pattaya, Thailand.  The temp does not change too much throughout the year.  In the fall it gets down to low 80's, if it hits in the 70's it is freezing, but that doesn't happen often.  Right now it is rainy season, but it is not as bad here in Pattaya as the rest of the southern and northern provinces.  Beautiful, weather, beautiful people and cheap living.  I guess it is best for those who are able to retire.  I got lucky and came here 10 years ago fell in love with it and now am working here.  So even if you cannot make the move definatley take a vacation and you will feel revived and peaceful.  Good luck everyone in finding your own piece of fibro paradise.

Posted By : Denny Jean - 2/22/2010 8:56 PM
Hi, I am new here... I live in Colorado... It really sucks for the pain, but living here is the best. Before fibro we lived on the Big Island. How is that for fibro?

Posted By : Luvzminis - 2/23/2010 8:48 AM
I have to agree:  a consistent climate would make the most sense. 
 
I live in MN and do okay from about May to September or October.  I struggle through the winter, and this time of year (always seems to start in February) is a real battle for a few months.

Posted By : WhiteChocChip - 2/24/2010 2:23 AM
Out of all the places that I have lived, California and Texas have been the best for me.

I deal with the cold by staying in a smaller room and using a small space heater to heat said room to a comfortable temperature.

Posted By : moeZy - 5/7/2010 9:11 PM
I think Mr. T has it right...tropical warmth! I recently visited Hawaii for the first time and felt great. Pretty much had no pain. I live in Oregon. The winters here can get snow, especially higher elevations of course. The winters are damp and cold. The summer is beautiful, however. I almost think the winter is harder in some ways than where I was a kid in Michigan....but hey, I was a kid and did not have the problems I do now!

Posted By : @rianna - 5/8/2010 2:59 AM

Ask him (if you don't know) what bothers him the most.  Warm weather or cold weather?  Typically we get feel better in warm climates.  When I was in the beginning stages of my fibro and I went to visit my great-uncle in nevada I felt lots better and could move freely and even ride a horse...kinda.  Those animals are so wide it takes time to get used to that part.  If I had my way my husband and I would move there, but I'm a sucker for hoodies so we'll stay where its cold.  You can also take vacations in the southern states for a few weeks each (the ones that sound homey to you) to let him get a feel for where its right and go from there?? idea

 

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Posted By : pam1201 - 6/13/2010 11:25 AM
I wonder if the altitude makes a difference? I live in Arkansas and we are just about as low as you can get and I hurt daily. I have heard that colorado is a good place to be.

Posted By : Acheybody - 6/13/2010 4:03 PM
Well, I'm in Colorado and I've noticed that I feel better when we visit climes with higher humidity and a lower altitude! Probably, as with everything else, it's an individual thing.


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Posted By : sotiredoffibro - 6/13/2010 4:35 PM
I have a friend that lives in Costa Rica now and has no problems at all with her fibro. When she lived here in the states she couldn't even walk. but she does say it is really warm there.
By the way welcome to the board Imlynelle and Denny Jean.

Posted By : cajunqueen - 7/30/2010 10:03 PM
I have fibro and live in southern Louisiana and I hurt ALL the time.The humidity here is horrible. The heat is horrible, and the winters are wet! I have visited New Mexico several times and felt wonderful there. Hate to leave my grandchildren but I may have to move. Any good suggestions...let me know.

Posted By : Witchesblew - 7/30/2010 11:07 PM
Well, I live in Northern California.... right now it is hot..hot...hot... and I have had the worst flareups over the last few weeks of heat. Winter gets cold here in the foothills, lots of rain and some snow, but I wasnt diagnosed with Fibro last year so we shall see. I do know that the heat is the owrst thing on me oh and when the barometer changes and drops......uuggghhh...
Think we should all move into bubbles! My hubby does not mind the fact that i always have the room set at 74 and i avoid going out in the sun if at all possible. I kinda hide out in my own little pod!
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Posted By : harrington49 - 7/31/2010 5:55 AM
Hi all you fibro sufferers

You should all come to beautiful little Harrington, New South Wales Mid North Coast, Australia, where we have mild winters, gorgeous springs, fantastic autumns and warm summers with cool sea breezes, humidity not bad either and rainfall can be temperamental, i.e. not enough of it in summer and plenty in winter.

Just thought I'd add my 2cents worth, my pain isn't too bad and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world, visit yes - live no.
Kind Regards
Harrington49

Posted By : MinnyMouse - 7/31/2010 9:22 AM
Well, don't come to Wisconsin the cold here kills me and in fact I'm getting out of here soon. I am from Texas and had fibro while there too. I'm moving back to the Austin area and although the Summers are hot and there is a storm season, the winters here are worth the trade off to me. I agree with everyone, a steady climate would be awesome and we all would love to move to Hawaii... (never been there...lol) Someone said something about the Texas Hill Country.... It's beautiful and always a cool breeze but still hot....Home for me.

This was an awesome question BTY

If you find that paradise let me know too.
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Posted By : kathydownunder - 7/31/2010 2:43 PM
I know I am from Australia, but my first specialist told me moving out to our west would be the best thing I could do. we could not due to work and 4 children going to school. But when we visit my UIL on his station{ranch] I can move about with no pain even ater travleling for hours. I take no pain killers when we are out there. It has to do with the dryer am told. But for me I will take the hot weather over the cold any day.Yes the change in the weather gets to me I know 5 days before we get rain. Friends ask me about the weather if they plan to do anything.
Winter for me means pain because where ever I get cold it feels like I have has boiling water thrown over me. I will take the change in weather over that any day.

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Posted By : cajunqueen - 8/1/2010 8:05 AM
Anyone with Fibro living in mid/north New Mexico? So far that's where I've felt the best, at least for all the places I've been so far having Fibro.

Posted By : walkingonthesun - 3/10/2011 1:22 PM
This is my first post so I'd love any guidance as we get ready for a relocation too. We've been living in Seattle (which is one of the worst places for fibro, I also have osteoarthritis). I have finally had it. This is not easy for my husband who has lived here all his life but he gets how bad things are for me. I am typically sick from October-April with very little respite. I get so mired down in flares that it's hard for me to bounce back even when the weather gets slightly better. We're looking at Sydney, AUS (unfortunately immigration issues may prevent that), also California (South Bay, SoCal, San Diego) and now Florida, possibly Arizona. We like the coast though. For me, when I'm in or near the ocean, I feel fantastic. Cold, damp weather destroys me (Seattle is famous for it) as do dramatic changes in barometric pressure (also Seattle). So far CA has been our main search area but I'm wondering if Florida might not be an option, as long as we're near the ocean. I think I could deal with summer rain as long as it's not cold. Thoughts? Thanks so much!!

Posted By : sotiredoffibro - 3/11/2011 9:27 AM
Hi walkingonthesun, welcome to our fibro family, just want to throw this out there but I believe California is more of a dry heat where florida is a humid heat. Not sure if this would make a difference in the fibro or not. Hope someone comes along who knows more about this than I do. Good luck in your relocation.
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Posted By : RedDiane - 3/12/2011 11:29 AM
Hi, I've had fibro for 26 years and have visited all 50 states and several places overseas. The best I ever felt was the three weeks I spent in Hawaii. The temperature and humidity rarely vary all 12 months. It also doesn't change temperature drastically during the day, like here in Iowa. We have days every year when the temperature will go up or down over 40 degrees in one day. You should not move to Iowa--although the people are very nice. Diane
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Posted By : Sera Smiles - 3/12/2011 12:04 PM
I know that my post will make some of you gasp, but honestly I am thrilled to be in the Twin Cities, MN area. Yes winters are snowy, but not nearly as rough as people think. For me, the cooler, drier air is perfect. Springs and Autumns are awesome. Blue skies, sunny, mellow. Summer can be dang hot but the humidity is usually not bad. We do get a few weeks in late July/early August that are just nasty with heat and humidity, but I can handle it because I know whats coming after- beautiful Autumn. Living here is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. The cold does not make me achy or sore; I know there are some FM folks who can't take the heat and the cooler, drier air is a great thing for their FM. I also don't suffer from the seasonal affective disorder, and again, there are lots of us that are not bothered by the cold and sometimes grey skies. I recommend it, seriously, don't laff- for me, its paradise!

Posted By : Dog walker - 6/4/2012 2:50 PM
Some of you have mentioned Oregon as a good location to live with fibromyalgia and I am sorry to say that is incorrect.  I have lived in Oregon for over 30 years and with the constant change in our weather I have more bad days than good.  It can be sunny and 70 to 80 degrees and the next minute it will be pouring down rain.  The barometer doesn't know what it is suppose to be doing most of the time. tongue    I am like the rest of you trying to find somewhere that is at least tolerable half the time.  If anyone finds that place please let us all know. 
 
I would like to hear more from the lady from Michigan.  My daughter and son-on-law are trying to get me to move there and I know that the winter is rough but what about the rest of the year?
 
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Posted By : momofltlbrat - 6/5/2012 10:31 AM
Hi, I live in Tucson, AZ, lived in NJ all my live before this. Moved here to leave the cold winters and humid summers for just the reason your talking about. It has helped me alot. The winters here are very mild. If I miss the snow I can go to Mt. Lemmon and enjoy the snow for the day and come back down. I wake up to 40 or 50 degrees in the am and it is 70 by 10am. Summers are hot, I won't lie about that, 104 is hot, but dry heat is different that humid heat, and you do what you have to before 10am or after 6pm. AC is my friend, I myself don't have a pool in my current house, but I can't afford that now I am divorced, maybe you can have one, and it is great exercise.

I would suggest that if you are going to move away from family, try a vacation first, twice during winter and summer to try out the weather and see if your husband feels better, I moved away from family, and it is hard being away from them, but the trade off of feeling better was something I needed to do.

Debbie

Posted By : pawestiegirl - 7/18/2012 10:47 PM
I find the changed in humidity are worse than the changes in temperature. For that reason, Arizona would be my first choice. But hubby won't move out of Pennsylvania. :-(

Posted By : Fightingmomma25 - 7/18/2012 11:17 PM
California I believe is the ultimate... Not to cold never snows little rain no humidity and if it is hot it is not hot past 6 pm. The main thing is the less changes in pressure and weather the better!
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Posted By : MommaKiKi - 7/19/2012 8:51 AM
RedDiane said...
Hi Imlynelle, I have to agree with your husband. We spent three weeks in Hawaii five years ago and it was the best I have felt in practically forever! Unfortunately, I live in Iowa, and Hawaii is the most expensive state to live in. . But I am still hoping. Diane


Hi RedDiane! We are practically neighbors! tongue I live in north west Illinois. LOL



I've heard that good places for fibros are higher elevations. I don't know where I heard that, but it's just stuck in my head all this time. LOL For me, the heat and humidity kills me. I prefer the fall season around here. My best friend is a fibro too and she is the opposite, she feels better in the summer heat. I'd say whichever climate suits your husband.... go and give it a try!! Good luck!!

Posted By : RedDiane - 7/19/2012 10:03 AM
Hi, MommaKIKI, that post was from over a year ago and I moved to Florida so my fibro wasn't so bad. I think it's improved, but I have back and arthritis issues that have gotten worse (not because of the move) so it can be hard to tell whether I feel better or not. I do think the fibro has improved, but I really don't mind humidity and we certainly have that.DInae
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea

Posted By : Donnak64 - 7/19/2012 10:16 AM
Oregon probably is not the best option except maybe for our mild summers...unless you like lotsa lotsa lotsa rain 6-9 months of the year! I do love it here tho...

I live near portland, anyone here in my area?

Donna
If anything is worth doing; Do it with all your heart ~Buddha

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Age 47, HCV (72 wk inf/rbv combo therapy completed 1/12/12), late stage cirrohsis, fibroyalgia
meds: Levothyoxine 75mcg/day, citalopram 10mg/day

Posted By : mermaiden - 7/20/2012 2:17 PM
San Diego is great.  Mainland, very little rain,, temp hovers around 70 degrees all year. What is snow? Come on out and visit, maybe stay.

Posted By : Sassiegyrl - 7/20/2012 2:29 PM
 
 
I live in Eastern Oregon and the summers are warm, winters are pretty mild and not alot of rain.
 
Diagnosed with many things and have had too many surgeries to list....

Posted By : SmurfyShadow - 7/20/2012 3:08 PM
*coughs* yea Oregon hehe um if you like our rain *waves from the rain cloud skies over to those in Michigan and all over the USA

Now, in all honesty it depends on WHERE in Oregon. Weather can be brutal down South in the Grants Pass area for snow, thunder storms and more. Coastal Range like scratch that Licoln City it floods, Like Tillamook, Seaside, Astoria. Willamette Valley area is good like Salem, Newberg, Monmouth, Independence, Dallas, Portland. Now I'd just cross my finguers and hope for the Salem, Monmouth, Independence, Dallas area so I can make new friends hehehe... and recommend my listening doctor
"The Walking Medical Mystery"

Too many Allergies / Too many RXs & DXs

A Rare Gem for Doctors and Guinee Pig
~Medical Caregiver and Doctors Worse Nightmare~

Posted By : HenryH - 7/23/2012 12:12 PM
Hi, I have FMS as well. I was diagnosed in 2008 and it has been a struggle. We moved to Newfoundland, Canada to be closer to family so that we had the support that we needed. This was a good move in may ways but not for me health-wise. I have been talking to my wife on many occasions about finding a better place to live, for me when there is a high pressure system I feel the best, I can tell for days that a low pressure system is coming.

I have done a lot of research and the top 3 locations I have found are Hawaii, San Diego and Puerto Vallarta MX. Costa Rica, Belieze and a few other locations in Central America seems to have some good ratings with moderate climate, though they do have a rainy season. I lived just outside Los Angeles for just over a year before I was diagnosed with FMS, Southern California had the best weather all year long that I had ever seen, it beats Florida.

We are hoping to go to a few of these places and spend a few weeks on vacation to see if I do improve. It may take a while but we may be able to narrow down the best place for me too cope with FMS.

Posted By : KatieRoo100 - 9/14/2012 6:19 AM
Interesting thread, thanks. California has been the best place to live for me. I've lived in Maine, Connecticut, and Maryland -- and my symptoms were pretty horrendous in those places. Not realizing there was a connection to where one lives, I moved to the East Bay for work (San Fran/Oakland) two years ago. My health started to drastically improve. I'm now able to bike 10 miles, hike 4 (and not regret it), I have a lot more energy, and I just feel better. My skin even feels better. I'm calmer, I sleep better, I rarely get sick (knock on wood).

Recently, I had to go back to CT for 3 months for a family emergency. The weather was lovely for most of my stay, with the usual evening summer storms and nice days. But guess what? My symptoms all returned: burning muscles, pain in joints, ringing in my ears, dizziness and vertigo, crushing afternoon fatigue, heart racing and heart palpitations. If it hadn't been for the return of my symptoms in such a sudden way back in CT, I probably wouldn't have made the "where you live" connection.

It's like night and day for me, and now I am quite sure this is where I want to stay (CA).

Posted By : Alicat105 - 8/19/2014 12:27 PM
Hi, I new here. I've had "Raging" Fibromyalgia for about five years after 30+ years in corporate America. I'm now a stay at home, on disability, fatigued mom to three dogs and wife to a wonderful work-from-home husband. I also have degenerative disc disease in my back (all are shot). I'm 55 and was already on most of my meds before I was even diagnosed with Fibro because my symptoms were so severe and PC, neurologist, spine and hand surgeons could not determine what the heck, although two speculated Fibro. After an hour at a Rheumatologist, she nailed it. I've had every symptom possible. I live in Dallas, Texas and HATE THE HEAT. I do so much better on cool or cold, dry days. High Humidity and/or Low barometric pressure are my arch-enemies. Therefore since we have summer about nine months a year here, I'm miserable. I'm a different person in January. If its hot and dry, I'm ok, but hate the heat. I'm seeing California on here a lot but know we can't afford it. Isn't northeastern Oregon mostly low elevation with cool, mild and dry temps? From all the weather maps and meteorological reports I've read, it seems to be ideal. I don't mind rain as long as it's not 88 degrees with horrible low baro pressure. I want low humidity, high baro pressure, temps 25-80 and low to med elevations. We actually considered Costa Rica for a long time but I think the humidity would kill me. Help! I want to do something in the next few years before I go crazier. My husband is on board for whatever makes me feel better. I'm not the woman he married anymore and it breaks my heart. Not to mention the stress and the effect THAT has on me !!
Ali

"Those that matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter."

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Posted By : Ljm2014 - 8/21/2014 7:48 PM
When we have vacationed in dry climates...i always had lots less pain...the barometric pressure changes really hurt..and a day out ..like someone said earlier..so i react to fronts, cold or wet and low pressure...

On the beach in hilton head was like paradise..but off the beach the humidity was suffocating...

We stayed in place to be near our kids....

Posted By : AnnaHashimoto - 8/23/2014 11:54 AM
The one time I felt myself again was last year when I went to Las Vegas for a week. No humidity at all, warm sun. It was AMAZING!
Hashimoto, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, Optical Migraines to name a few.

Posted By : cold - Yesterday 4:46 PM
Hello everyone;
My husband and I got on this sight because I have fibromyalgia and we are considering a move to Florida; put our house up for sale 3 weeks ago and no interest as of yet :( We live in Pennsylvania, have all our lives and are so sick of the winters.
Diagnosed with Fibro in February but have been dealing with it for over 20 years ( I am 54, to be 55 in January) and finally got a diagnosis. Due to the Fibro I cannot help with yard work or snow shoveling anymore. My wonderful husband even vacuums and mops for me. I also have Osteoarthritis and a bad back.
Anyway we just wanted to see if anyone had a better place Ha!! I did realize that no place will be utopia, you have an incurable condition and it goes where you go. I am so amazed at those who like the cold, that is so crazy to me by body hates the cold, I agree with the poor lady from Pittsburg that says she doesn't think she can live through another winter, I am with you sister!!!!
I cried this summer thinking of enduring another winter here.
I too did very well this summer thinking some changes I made helped (and they did but not as much as I thought) for when Fall hit I got a bad flare up - but we had been considering putting the house up and so there was a lot of stress too.
I just had to write too to encourage you folks to not give into this condition. When I was diagnosed as I said I live in Pennsylvania and my Dr. a Rheumatologist, sent me to a Fibromyalgia clinic in Lancaster Pennsylvania - it was a great help. They fashion a plan just for you. Occupational therapy (which for me was a waste of time) Physical Therapy, which was the biggest help and they also have a nurse talk to you, but I was already implementing dietary changes so she was not of great help. But the exercises they gave in the PT help A LOT - very gentle exercises I do every morning, in a flare up or not - it helps to keep moving even though you hurt. I also go on our elliptical machine for 30 minutes a day. If I am in a flare up maybe I can only do 20 but I do what I can.
Also change your diet!!!! I cannot stress that enough. I was just with my Rheumatologist a few weeks ago and he said he wished more people would be willing to change their diets instead of taking so much medication. The only medication I take is one Tylenol if the pain is bad. I cut out sugar ( get it naturally in fruit), white flour, preservatives (no prepackaged foods) now I have not gone organic that I do not do, that stuff is to expensive. But mostly I do meat, vegetables and fruit. You can actually go on line and find a good diet for Fibro, what is good and what is not, but everyone is different and what bothers one will not bother another as we see in the posts on this site. Also I had said to my husband one day "there has to be something that would be a natural muscle relaxant, so he looked it up on line and found "magnesium" folks this is WONDERFUL - even my husband is taking it. Now it does have laxative effects so you have to see how much you can take by mouth, I can only do 250 mg a day (I am a very small person) they recommend no more then 400 mg a day. But I found Epsom Salt lotion and I use that on my skin every night and I do soak my feet in Epsom Salt if I have had a really busy stressful day.
Also find a good Chiropractor, one that will take x rays and see if you have discs out in your neck or back. This has helped me tremendously - I really believe the diet and Chiropractor have been the biggest helps for me. Also massage is a good one too all these three have really cut down on my migraines - I can empathize with the poor woman who had 4 day headaches mine lasted 7 and I did not have much of a break between, I would lay in bed at night and just sob, saying to my husband "I cannot go on like this" I had tried massage but it only helped at the moment and sometimes brought on a flare up - found out with Fibro the massage must be gentle not a deep tissue - so the clinic turned me onto a "Theracane" a self massage tool - again use it gently - I made the mistake of pressing too hard and using it too much and caused yes a flare up. Nothing is a substitute for human touch but the Theracane is great you can also buy that on line too around 40 dollars.
And you have to know your limits - I used to walk 11/2 hours with my dog every day, I cannot do that anymore, if we walk it is with my husband and not that far. If you feel yourself getting tired take a break, I sit down and do relaxation, putting heat on my neck and back - I make fresh fruit salad every Friday, if I find myself getting tight in my back, I must go sit down and rest a bit. It seems dumb but it helps and avoids a flare up. We had walked one evening and ended up talking to some people on the way and I cannot stand in one spot for too long, well we were out too long and the next day I was done in could not do but 20 minutes on the elliptical and had to sit most of the day, but avoided a flare up.
But with the winter setting in (we had only 37 this morning BRRRRR) I have no idea how it will go, but have had a good run with few flare ups since the spring.
Hey if any of you want to move to Pennsylvania we have a nice house for sale. We did check out San Diego - absolutely ridiculous, they wanted $399,00 for a Studio, they have got to be kidding, we have a 3 bedroom 2 story with attic and basement 1 1/2 baths and in addition an apartment with a tenant that gives $400 a month to you as extra income. So far no one is interested for only $174,900, we live in Myerstown Pennsylvania on West Main and it is listed with Century 21 - it is a nice neighborhood close to a good school, and we do not have high property taxes, but for us it is a bit too much to take care of (hey we will even throw in a snow blower for $800 extra HA!!!)
Anyway my prayers are with each of you and if any of us can move or not I pray we all get more relief ( I to do not agree that Fibro is not progressive because my got worse with time also, but as I said I have found relief in some life style changes!!!)
Take care all of you!!!

Posted By : couchtater - Yesterday 10:36 PM
For that amount you could buy a mansion down south. ;-)
We paid $35,000 for a fixer up. The value has tripled with all of the work we've done. We have three large bedrooms, living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, two bathrooms, laundry room, large front porch, deck, storage shed, attic, and one acre of land in the city.

I hope you can find a buyer and are able to move soon.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Posted By : cold - Today 6:43 AM
This is for Joy who replied to my post
Did the move South help you feel better??? I see you have many issues, and where in the South did you settle? We don't want anything much because we don't want a lot of up keep anymore and we have done 2 fixer uppers in our married life and we are DONE with all that!!
Thanks for your reply, we do hope too that we could sell and move quickly but we know it is all in God's hands!!
Lorna

Posted By : couchtater - Today 12:05 PM
I've lived all over Georgia. The most agreeable weather to me is in Northeast Georgia. Not too hot, not too cold, and bugs are less.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Posted By : Lovedogs - 6/29/2016 8:44 AM
Hi everyone! I'm new to this site and also suffer from fibromyalgia really bad. I am born and raised in New Jersey (Northeast). I visited Cape Coral Florida in October, and I felt great, however it was not humid. When I returned to NJ, not more than half an hour, I was suffering in pain again, wheezing from my asthma and overall felt horrible. I wish I could move but do to financial reasons, I am unable to. This seems like a wonderful site and would love to keep in touch!
I hope everyone has a wonderful painfree day!

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 6/29/2016 4:17 PM
Welcome,

Great forum here..live in the mid atlantic region..not ideal with fibro..

As i said, dry climates help me the most.. But i do not want to live in the desert.l

Getting some neuromuscular therapy right now, it helps

Lj

Posted By : kagicre54 - 9/11/2016 2:43 PM
I am one of you, looking for the right place to live with fibromyalgia. We moved to Pueblo, Colorado and thought that would be a good climate because of the dry heat and dry cold. Man, was I wrong. I can't wait till our lease is up (thank God we are renters) and we can move to..... I don't know yet, still looking for information.
Colorado's weather changes a lot. I heard it now a few times from people I met at the dog park: "If you don't like the weather wait a bit, it will change." Very bad for me and I guess a lot of fibromyalgia patients. But everybody is different and what is bad for me, is not necessary bad for you.
Here in Colorado (Colorado Springs is even worse) the weather from March till September (minimum) is bad for my pain, fatigue and metal state (my depressions are far worse here than I ever encountered before), because nearly every afternoon/night we get a thunderstorm. The barometric pressure change is in my case the culprit of feeling so crappy.
We lived in Oregon before and we moved (and are very sad about it), because the rental cost are going up and up and up. Not affordable anymore for us. My husband is a truck driver and just don't earn enough money. In Oregon I had crappy days, but nothing compare to here.
So for me it isn't the rain that plays havoc with my fibro, but the weather changes.
We were thinking of moving to Ohio - plenty of work there, where my husband could be home more often - and the rentals are priced great, but I am afraid the weather (barometric changes) will be nearly as bad as here in Pueblo.
It is difficult, but at least we can move somewhere else. So I am still looking and doing a lot of research.

Posted By : Hallahan - 9/11/2016 7:33 PM
Wisconsin isn't it.

Barb

Posted By : Kev10 - 11/19/2016 8:56 PM
So where is the best place to live for Fibro people like me. I'm not finding an answer and I want to leave right now for that place. I have read that "parts" of New Mexico are great places to live for people with Fibromyalgia. What parts? What part does Luvzminis live in? I am thinking about moving to NM. But where? The high desert gets cold at night. Wouldn't that be just like a cold front every night? It's very dry around Albuquerque less than an inch a year! But every night it gets a lot colder than in the day time. I would think that would be very painful?
Where? I have a full tank and my bags are packed.

Luvzminis said...
I have to agree: a consistent climate would make the most sense.


I live in MN and do okay from about May to September or October. I struggle through the winter, and this time of year (always seems to start in February) is a real battle for a few months.

Posted By : Luvzminis - 11/19/2016 9:31 PM
Hi and welcome, Kev10!

I think you may be thinking I live in NM, but I actually live in MN. Much nicer and warmer in NM, I would guess. Hopefully, someone from NM will respond to your questions.

Did you check out Fibro 101-the very first thread on the forum? Good stuff!
"Someone who goes through life with an open heart always finds something to be thankful for."

---Father Kentenich

Posted By : Kev10 - 11/20/2016 1:48 PM
Thanks Luvzminis!

Posted By : flowerpicker - 5/20/2017 1:06 PM
I'm new to this. It's my husband that has Fibromyalgia. We've been together 20 yrs and has always had it. I believe he has had it for 40 yrs. Florida was no good for him. We are now in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia and now it's also the allergies. We have now put our Forever log cabin on the market and are heading to either Nevada or Arizona where it is arid weather. We are trying to find the best place. Fingers crossed this will help him because he is in so much pain. Any ideas will help.

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Posted By : Sherrine - 5/21/2017 6:15 AM
Hi, Flowerpicker, and welcome! You can have problems no matter where you live. There is no magical area to help stop pain. If there were, we certainly would know about it. It's totally individual and every person is different. For example, you said Florida was not good for your husband. Well, I live in Florida and it is far better for me than when I lived in northern Ohio. I didn't move here because of Fibro either. I'm better because I'm can be active all year around, I think. So, in my humble opinion, I think packing up and moving from place to place will only cost you a lot of money and cause a lot of disappointment. Don't take my word for it. Try googling this. I did and some were saying they moved to these states and were still suffering...especially allergies. Now, what a disappointment that would be since you've moved twice already!

If a person has fibro, they have pain in all four quadrants of the body that has lasted at least 3-4 months. I've had fibro for 30 years and have never been pain free but I do have the pain totally under control.

What your husband should do, if he hasn't already, is find a good doctor...a board certified rheumatologist who treats fibromyalgia patients would be good. They would run a lot,of tests to rule out other illnesses. There is no good test for fibro and many doctors, if they don't know what is causing the symptoms, will just tag on a diagnosis of Fibro. Well, there are other illnesses that have many of the same symptoms as fibro and have a completely different treatment for them...things like lupus and Lyme disease. These need to definitely be ruled out before a diagnosis of Fibro is given.

Once he knows for sure what he is dealing with he can work on finding things to help get in control of his pain. Unfortunately everyone is different and what might help one won't help another with fibro. It's more of a trial and error type thing. He can get a lot of ideas on this forum.

I use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin which has made a significant difference in my pain. I also walk daily as a gentle form of exercise. Swimming and yoga are good too. Gentle exercise is very good for fibro and it does really help too! I pace myself when doing things also and I get a gentle massage once a month to help smooth out the muscles. I use a massage therapist who has been trained in how to massage fibro and myofacial pain clients. All of the above has helped me live a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness.

I also keep a positive attitude. I focus on other things and don't think about illness and so the pain fades somewhat in the background. If I think about where I hurt, it just magnifies the pain!

Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there. There are links about magnesium malate and vitamin D3 and how these work in the body. Quite a few members have gotten good help from these supplements. There is also a good link about how to maintain a positive attitude when you suffer from chronic pain. All of Fibro 101 is good so do read it.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.

Sherrine

Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Post Edited (Sherrine) : 5/21/2017 6:19:27 AM (GMT-6)


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