Best place to live with Fibro

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   Posted 5/8/2010 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   

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 6/13/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 6/13/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
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 6/13/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 7/30/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 7/31/2010 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I live in Northern California.... right now it is 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 7/31/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
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.
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   Posted 7/31/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
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 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 7/31/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Kathy where our winter has gone haywire and we are now sleeping under a sheet at night instead of freezing. I love it.

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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 3/10/2011 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
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!!

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   Posted 3/11/2011 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
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 3/12/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
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 3/12/2011 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
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!

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   Posted 6/4/2012 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
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 6/5/2012 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
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.


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   Posted 7/18/2012 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
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. :-(

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   Posted 7/19/2012 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
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 7/19/2012 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
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!!

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   Posted 7/19/2012 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
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
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   Posted 7/19/2012 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
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?

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   Posted 7/20/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 7/20/2012 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in Eastern Oregon and the summers are warm, winters are pretty mild and not alot of rain.
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   Posted 7/20/2012 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
*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
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   Posted 7/23/2012 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
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.
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