Climate vs. FMS & CFS

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Member, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. Member

    Member New Member

    Hi Everyone - I would be very interested in knowing if frequency in climate changes (humidity, barometric pressures, frequent highs and lows in temperature, etc.)can precipitate an attack? My husband and I again travelled to New Mexico (second time in about 5 months) and stayed for 3 weeks. I did not have any attacks of FMS, arthritis, even a migraine?? This was our second visit to test the climate in January. There were days when it was windy (can't tolerate that in Chicago) but because of the low humidity and stability of their weather every day, I was fine.
    We are now considering a move to New Mexico. We're not youngsters, both senior citizens and have lived in Chicago all of our lives and have family, etc. etc. However, since returning in early February, I have had FMS & CFS in varying degrees every day except for 3 days. Can anyone relate to this at all.

    Thanks.......Pat....love to each and every one of you!!
  2. Member

    Member New Member

    Carla - thanks for your reply. I need all the help I can get in making this decision - never thought of the fungi!!
    Hmmmmmmm ........thanks again.....Member Pat
  3. pinkquartz

    pinkquartz New Member

    i feel so much better in warm and dry climate and so much worse in damp. i belive its to do with the mold/fungi too. if you can move to a dry climate then that sounds like a really good idea.
    i live in england and we have long damp winters and so people who can try to winter in spain or similar. i can't manage to do this but i have moved to southern england its still damp but its warmer , which helps cos being cold i cannot handle.
    good luck and i hope you go for it, i think new mexico sounds good.
    pinkquartz
  4. Plantscaper

    Plantscaper New Member

    I went to visit my parents, in Alabama, and my symptoms were a lot better there for that short period of time in December as I had not been exposed to those allergens there for many years.. Allergists have stated that you usually develop new allergies, whereever you live, if you are prone in that autoimmune fashion.. I moved from Alabama to get away from molds, fungi, pollen, etc. Well, here in a dry climate in Colorado, I have developed new allergies to evergreen trees, new pollens, etc. and although, I am not exposed to mold and fungi, these allergens make me just about as sick as the ones there. Apparently, superdry sinuses from a dry climate is a problem, itself, as you are more likely to have nasal problems. I still prefer a dry climate as far as comfort goes, but your allergies will probably not be less..Actually, my best time, here, is when there are not many things growing, which is the season of Winter and when a pure white snow covers the ground..If you are sensitive to growing things, I would not think that hot and dry would help very much as you can grow so much more in warmer regions. My focus is to get well, enough, so that I will not overreact to so many possible allergens..I think that what needs to be changed is the way our bodies overreact to our environment..and therefore, Dr. Cheney's rebalancing of the immune system is so relevant to that point. I just hope it will work from the medications he suggests..I am very longwinded on this topic since allergies have ruled my life..but I hope for not long...LOL, AMELIA
  5. Bellesmom

    Bellesmom New Member

    Sure wish I could afford a short trip to a nice climate just to find out if it would make me feel better.

    I became sick nearly 3 years ago on return from a trip to Reno, Lake Tahoe and Arizona. I got a very cry, hacking cough (thought it was from the smoky casinos) but when I got home the whole thing turned into a horrible episode with what was later diagnosed as FMS. I'm not sure, tho, about anything that happens to people with this syndrome, i.e., how it begins, what tweaks it, etc. I've just seen too many "what ifs" since I've been coming to this board and I agree with most of you - we sure have something and it is so individual that I would be scared to make the move to a warmer climate and end up the same or worse off in the long run.

    Best of luck, tho - I once drove thru parts of New Mexico and some of it is downright beautiful.

    Pam
    Spanaway, WA
  6. marecee58

    marecee58 New Member

    For me warm and dry is the best. These cold and damp winter days are a killer; I can feel my muscles tense up as soon as I go outside and the chill goes right to my bones.
  7. clueless

    clueless New Member

    We reside in N.Y. state + spend our winters in Florida.. I find that when it is cold in Florida, which it is during the winter at times ( also have cold damp nites ) that my pain is so much worse. The damp cold seems to go into my bones. We took a trip to Arizona before I had this disease and noticed how much better I felt as far as mobility is concerned. I would very much like a chance to try the warm, dry climate but being 75 and having one daughter in N.Y. that will never happen. Much luck and good health to you!!! Hope the move works. Please keep in touch + let us know
  8. bejo

    bejo New Member

    Hi Pat.We don't travel but we live in Ohio where we have a real winter,etc.I've never noticed any difference in winter or summer.Seems like it just comes and goes no matter what the weather is.But,on reading the replies you got,it seems like I might be in the minority of folks with FMS. bejo
  9. evileva

    evileva New Member

    I moved from Ohio to Arizona and I can honestly say that I feel the difference. The mold and damp weather in Ohio always seemed to bring on a flare and since moving to the dryer climate it has been much better. New Mexico is a beautiful state too. Hope this helps a little.
    Eva
  10. Member

    Member New Member

    Thanks so much for your reply. Its very good to hear that you're doing better. Have a super day :)
  11. Echos

    Echos New Member

    Hi Pat. Climate does play a big role in this. I live in Arizona and wouldn't change that for nothing with this illness. When I go to Washington state to visit family, I take the Darvocet with me. Whether it be cold, moisture, anything along those lines, it will cause an increase in pain and other symptoms. I can definately tell you when it's gonna rain......lol
    381,
    Echos
  12. Betsy2

    Betsy2 New Member

    I moved from Michigan to South Carolina and have yet to notice a difference in my pain and fatigue. Then again, I have only been here since December. I am hoping when the sun starts to shine more consistently that my health will improve. I have my doubts though because of the humidity here isn't much different than Michigan.
  13. gardengrow

    gardengrow New Member

    a warm dry climate. I have allergies that became pretty severe when I got CFS and I feel the best right at home in this climate. When we stay with my husbands folks or go somewhere else by the ocean where it is cold and damp I feel so awful. The only thing about our climate here in So. California is that the dryness can be a challenge for sinuses. I have learned to use a nasal mosturizing spray (not the kind used for colds)to ward off sinus problems and try to drink alot of water. I would really reccomend a dry climate-just know that you might have other allergies to different plants and things where you are going. Good luck to you!

    Gardengrow
  14. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I lived in high, dry Colorado and was sick with chronic bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and even pneumonia.

    I moved to hot, humid Florida and haven't suffered from any of these things since. I have noticed, though, that regardless of the climate, rapidly changing weather fronts affect our symptoms.

    Love, Mikie