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   Posted 10/5/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if anyone here is from the southwest, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, etc.
My hubby and I are considering moving to the southwest when he retires and I was just wondering if anyone here is from the there.  Also, have you taken vacations to areas that are hot and humid or really cold and did it make a difference in how you felt.  Do you think the heat and lack of humidity help to make you feel better?
We are thinking about taking a trip to New Mexico either next yr. or the yr. after to look at some retirement communities that we have gotten info on.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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   Posted 10/5/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Gamma, I live in Florida and the summer heat and humidity really make me hurt.  But, I love Florida because it's only about 3 1/2 months of heat and humidity and the rest is great for my fibro.
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   Posted 10/6/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Gamma, I haven't been to that part of the US since having fibro but have had the same thoughts. I would never move to that area cause it is too far from the rest of the family. I do love the southwest.
We don't seem to have people on here from the desert states.
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   Posted 10/6/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gamma,

I live in Arizona. It is very nice here. :) My best months here are the hot and dry months. At the beginning of July, we have the monsoon season, which brings rains from Mexico and humidity. It lasts through the middle of September. We don't get rain every day, but the humidity stays the whole time. A few years ago I went to Michigan in December. I spent a lot of that time in pain and in bed from the humidity. I also have great doctors here! Please feel free to email me and I will be happy to help you in any way I can.

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   Posted 10/6/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
The weather in Arizona allows me to function. I love the dry heat- humidity kills me. I lived here for about 6 years before the "humidity" started to affect me. I love the weather here, even when it's 110. Since moving here, I've had much less pain and more energy on a daily basis. I rarely have flares due to the weather anymore. We have about 2 weeks of real cold weather (20 at night, 50's during the day) so I hardly ever have to wear heavy, bulky clothing. If you need to see snow, you can drive a few hours to a mountain and get your fill then go home.


Before you plan a trip or move here, read about Valley Fever. Contrary to what you may read, not everyone that gets it recovers easily. You do not become immune, you have it for life and it can flare up again when your immune system gets run down. It left me with a nodule in my lung that needs to be x-rayed every 6 months to check for changes. It took me 6 months to "recover" from the first bout and I've had 2 flares since.
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