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   Posted 12/8/2013 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I could really use some advice.

My husband and I would like to relocate from Wisconsin to Florida in 2014. Last month we visited the Venice, Florida area and when we drove north to Sarasota I found my breathing ability became more and more difficult. I was having a mild asthma attack which wouldn't let up.

A few days later I went to Urgent Care and I was put on several medications including one for the inflammation in my nose and Predisone for the inflammation in my chest. I heard it could have been the red tide that was affecting me. I was told it affects a lot of people who live near the coast in that area. But I think because I felt great in Venice for several days and when we drove north to Sarasota where I instantly became more and more ill--that it was the car pollution. I do have multiple chemical sensitivity. I am very sensitive to air pollution.

My big question is since the Venice area is out of the picture, we'll be coming down to West Palm Beach to test that area out. Since I also have fibromyalgia along with allergies and asthma and also sensitivity to severe cold and possibly severe hot, can I ask those of you who are familiar with Florida what month we should take our trip to Florida to test if it would be a good fit for me?

I spoke to a few people in Florida who said that March is a bad time for allergies, so would March be the best time? Do you think it would be hot and humid enough in March to test how the heat and humidity would affect me? When we were in Venice last month the temperature did reach 87 degrees but I realize the humidity was not nearly as high as it would be in the summer.

Thanks!
Fibromyalgia, CFS, MCS, scoleosis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, headaches. On a regiment of different supplements including sleep supplements. I eat nutritiously and do not eat foods I'm sensitive to and ever since a back injury triggered my fibromyalgia, I have been doing prescribed stretches twice daily.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 12/8/2013 7:08:12 PM (GMT-7)


Lanie G
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   Posted 12/8/2013 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I lived in WPB for four years and could not stand the heat. From June to about September it was terribly hot. During those months it rained twice a day, about 8 am and around 4 pm. If you're in that area of south FL, don't forget there may also be hurricanes. There were two while we lived there. Needless to say, I was happy to leave. South FL has lots of flowering trees and bushes, St. Augustine grass and typical tropical flowers, but I don't have problems with allergies. I don't know how you would react to the flora down there.
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almost medfree
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   Posted 12/8/2013 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie,

Thanks for your reply. We were also looking into possibly checking out the St. Augustine area but I was concerned about the air pollution from Jacksonville.

Are you in the St. Augustine area? Do they have good hospital facilities and such so a person wouldn't have to go to Jacksonville?

Thanks!
Fibromyalgia, CFS, MCS, scoleosis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, headaches. On a regiment of different supplements including sleep supplements. I eat nutritiously and do not eat foods I'm sensitive to and ever since a back injury triggered my fibromyalgia, I have been doing prescribed stretches twice daily.

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   Posted 12/8/2013 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
No, we don't live in St. Augustine. I wrote that South Florida has St. Augustine grass (along with all that flora) and I don't know if that would be an allergy issue. We live outside of Memphis now, or as our doctor had told us when we arrived, 'the allergy capital of the States".
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   Posted 12/9/2013 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Lanie,

Thanks for making that clear. I shouldn't post when it's near my bedtime.

Interesting about Memphis. I'm glad you don't have allergies.
Fibromyalgia, CFS, MCS, scoleosis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, headaches. On a regiment of different supplements including sleep supplements. I eat nutritiously and do not eat foods I'm sensitive to and ever since a back injury triggered my fibromyalgia, I have been doing prescribed stretches twice daily.

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   Posted 12/9/2013 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have to be on the beach? The higher inland areas, like Mt. Dora, are quite different - less rain, less humidity, less heat.

I'd take another trip when oranges are in bloom and in summer, trying out different areas. Check out the insect problems, especially before you buy a house. Some houses were made of cement block and will withstand hurricanes.

Some allergies could be stopped by shots - stuff like pollen and dust and dust mites. I take mine weekly when my problems are in season. It might not take care of multiple chemical problems.

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   Posted 12/9/2013 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
If your allergies are really bad, then you might consider parts of Arizona. It's hotter there but it's a dry heat.
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   Posted 12/9/2013 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Almost medfree,

I am a native Floridian. I had terrible allergies when I lived down there. Ask away on the questions. The Jacksonville/St Augustine area have very good medical facilities. The Mayo clinic is located there. As well as Arizona and Minnesota. I prefer the East coast of Florida to the West coast. The Gulf of Mexico tends to not have as much breeze as the Atlantic ocean. The summer is hot and humid in Florida no matter where you are. January February are probably the coolest months. As for allergies, I would see how you react in the spring or summer.

Michelle

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   Posted 12/9/2013 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Alcie, for your advice. My husband and I would like to relocate fairly close to the ocean. We both love the water and it has always seemed that my allergies and asthma do better when I'm near water. We will be looking for a cement block house with hurricane windows or shutters. I tried allergy shots years ago and they didn't work for me. I'm glad they work for you.

Lanie, thanks for the suggestion of Arizona. I think I would miss the green and the water. It's something to be considered.

Thanks, FlaCracker for your reply and for the information about the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area. I prefer the east coast of Florida too. I visited the West Palm Beach area back in 2006 and 2007. I loved it. But it was during January both years so it wasn't a good test for my allergies and my asthma. FlaCracker, do you think the humidity and heat are much higher in later spring or summer? We're hoping to come down in March and that might not be a good test for me to see how I deal with the heat and humidity. Is there much pollenating going on in the summer to check my allergies?

Thanks again!
Fibromyalgia, CFS, MCS, scoleosis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, headaches. On a regiment of different supplements including sleep supplements. I eat nutritiously and do not eat foods I'm sensitive to and ever since a back injury triggered my fibromyalgia, I have been doing prescribed stretches twice daily.

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   Posted 12/10/2013 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was growing up in Florida, there were some seasons. Now the flowers and trees pretty much pollinate year round. Summer starts around May. It won't be too humid but you can test your allergies. Hurricane season has been extended to start at the end of May. I like the water but not too close. I use to watch the tornados form in the water near the house.

The high humidity starts around June through September. I remember having to take several showers a day and the bed sheets being damp during peak days. A concrete house is better but you still have to watch for mold. Especially in the bathrooms. Watch out for alligators near lakes or ponds. And definitely make sure you are not in a sinkhole area. Florida is becoming drier and the water table is dropping. There are maps provided on the internet to research.

Michelle

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   Posted 12/10/2013 3:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Michelle, for all the information.

That's something to keep in mind about the high humidity beginning in June. Maybe we'll wait till then. I imagine you didn't have air conditioning when you had to take all those showers? Michelle, if a person was sensitive (having asthma issues from the heat) to the heat and humidity, would staying in their air conditioned house during the hottest part of the day help a lot?

I've heard about the alligators near lakes and ponds, that's so different from up here. We've been checking for sinkhole areas online. We definitely wouldn't want to invest in a house that could have that issue.

Have you been to Jacksonville, Michelle? According to some websites, they have a particle pollution issue. I definitely wouldn't want to be near a lot of industry and a lot of traffic with my multiple chemical sensitivity issues and asthma.

One thing we're checking on too is whether a property is considered a high flood risk. That would probably give us a higher flood insurance cost and the area might have standing water which could give me more of a mold issue to contend with.

Michelle, did you use to live in southeast Florida? Were there any other negatives about living there other than the pollen? Can I ask what area you live in now? There is less pollinating going on in your area? Is that because there's more trees than flowers?

I imagine you're enjoying 70 degree type weather there. It's under 0 degrees right now, we'll probably have a high of 15 degrees.

Thanks again!
Fibromyalgia, CFS, MCS, scoleosis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, headaches. On a regiment of different supplements including sleep supplements. I eat nutritiously and do not eat foods I'm sensitive to and ever since a back injury triggered my fibromyalgia, I have been doing prescribed stretches twice daily.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 12/10/2013 3:31:06 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/10/2013 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I wish I was still in Florida but I live in the Washington DC area now. Snow and ice storm the last couple of days. My husband and I plan to move back to Florida to retire.

Our house had central air conditioning. Mandatory if you are living in Florida. But you will still get that sticky wet moisture in the house. I was close to the water. I had to stay inside when it was really humid and hot. It was very uncomfortable.

Love the St Augustine area south of Jax. I've been many times to Jacksonville. Now Jacksonville is near Savannah Georgia. Savannah Georgia has paper mills. When we were visiting it did bother my breathing a bit. Also, I like Key West. Very expensive to live there.

My house was in a flood zone. A heavy rainstorm would cause quite a bit of flooding. Flood insurance was high. I had to get separate policies for flood, hail, etc. Car insurance is high if you are going to live there full time. When we moved to DC our car insurance actually dropped.

We lived on the West coast of Florida. Gulf of Mexico side. Slower pace than the East coast of Florida. I called a friend of mine Saturday and it was 84 degrees.

Florida is like anywhere else. You just find out the pros and cons where you are going to live.

Michelle

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   Posted 12/10/2013 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, FlaCracker, for your reply.

I hope you'll get to move back to Florida soon. My husband and I would like to move to one of those retirement communities. Have you ever visited one? Are you considering moving to one?
We are hoping to stay at one when we visit next Spring to see what it would be like.

FlaCracker, is it possible you might not have had good windows or a good central air unit to deal with the summertime heat and humidity?

Interesting to hear that Savannah, Georgia has paper mills. I always wanted to see it, I love history and lovely areas, but now I don't think I'll go there due to the paper mills. Wisconsin has an area in the northeast called paper valley, a place I've been to but don't care to return to. Does Jacksonville seem fairly free of industry and pollution? I would love to see St. Augustine.

It's unfortunate about all those insurance policies you had to get. Thanks for the warning. There's a lot we have to look into before we make the big move.

We like slower paced too. We're thinking about north of West Palm Beach. Did you live there growing up? If so what were the pluses and minuses?

Eighty-four degrees, wow, that's so much nicer than 0 degrees.

I like how you think. There are pros and cons where ever you live. But due to my asthma, allergies, and MCS I have to be especially careful about where we choose to live.

I'll look forward to hearing from you when you can. I very much appreciate all of the information you're sharing with me.
Fibromyalgia, CFS, MCS, scoleosis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, headaches. On a regiment of different supplements including sleep supplements. I eat nutritiously and do not eat foods I'm sensitive to and ever since a back injury triggered my fibromyalgia, I have been doing prescribed stretches twice daily.

FlaCracker
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   Posted 12/11/2013 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning,

I had a concrete block home so possibly moisture got in through doors and windows. I am not familiar with West Palm Beach. I have an aunt that moved to a condo in that city. I believe it is on the expensive side.

There are all types of retirement communities in Florida. Upscale, mid, and on the lower end. Whatever your pocket book can afford. Probably best to look up Jacksonville as far as industry. It has been growing leaps and bounds. I was there 3 yrs ago.

Take care and feel free to ask questions.

Michelle
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