Arthritis and Humidity where to live?

Jul 16th, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Arthritis and Humidity where to live?

I was looking at some older post about people asking where the lower humidity places were to visit or live. What I was really looking for is people whom have Arthritis and have relocated because they had such limited mobilty not only from the arthritis but also from humidity aggravating their conditions and had success re-locating to less humidity cities and notice a difference in their health and mobilty after they moved.
I live in the Pacific Northwest -Washington State and I am like the Tin Man on Oz... Female version! I struggle to move most days because of the humidity here is terrible- terrible-terrible, my quality of life is next to none. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and Osteo-Arthritis Doctors also say Fibro-myalgia now.... (what the heck) If I was a horse I would be shot because I'm so lame! I force my self to move most days doing yoga & walking but my goodness this humidy is killing me!
Most days I feel like a worth-less human being. I have been other places that are warmer with less humidity, and felt like I was kid again as in mobility was better. Rheumetologist have told me to get out of this state they always say Arizona ( what parts not to hot?) What other places are there besides?
Because... I don't want to move where it's so hot you have to live inside because of the heat and run a air conditioner because that really bothers my joints and muscles.
So.... Is there anyone whom has relocated because of their Arthritis and now lives a "little less" pain free... due to less humidity state?
Thanks..Wishing you Great Health & Happiness.
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Jul 16th, 2012, 01:37 PM
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The desert southwest has always been the place for people with arthritis looking to escape the humidity and dampness. I haven't lived there, but am told the dry heat is more tolerable that a humid heat.

If possible, visit there for a week or two and see what you think about the area and how it makes you feel physically.
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In different seasons! Phoenix in February is quite a different animal than Phoenix in July
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Jul 16th, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Flagstaff doesn't get as hot as Phoenix or Tucson. Otherwise, take a look at Albuquerque and northern New Mexico. If your medical conditions require regular doctor visit, I would pick Albuquerque over a smaller town north of there.

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Jul 16th, 2012, 02:43 PM
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You don't even have to leave your state. Move to one of the tri-cities. Pasco is on the dry side where it rarely snows.
If you wanted to come to Oregon, anyplace east of Bend would work. High desert is what you need. You don't have to go to Arizona to get it.
Visit Yuma Arizona sometime in February but leave before May 15.
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Jul 16th, 2012, 02:57 PM
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What about Montana or Colorado?
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Does cold impact you as well? That will certainly narrow down choices, even if they are low humidity states.

Flagstaff gets very cold and quite a bit of snow, as does most of the Rocky Mountain States.

As Lee Ann mentioned, Albuquerque and it's immediate surrounding areas could work out very well for you. Cost of housing and general living is pretty reasonable.
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Jul 16th, 2012, 04:59 PM
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Pendleton OR is wonderful and dry! We have arts, museums, good restaurants. Really it's practically perfect!
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Jul 16th, 2012, 05:21 PM
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Ohhh, Thanks Everyone....Yes, Cold bothers me also and the snow, that's why I did not concider east of my state, unless there is something about the Pasco and the Tri-Cities I don't know about? The one that wrote about Oregon do you have arthritis? If so, what part of Oregon, do you do well there? I have never really visit there yet in winter months. I have gone east in the summer time in Eastern Washington after it's been hot over there for awhile because the humidy is low in mid-summer In Eastern Washington and I will do alright, soon as it rain's and the humidity comes... I am down for the count! Oh and yes also I have to see Doctor's on a regular base's. Somebody mentioned Alburquerque for medical? and cost of living reasonable.
Thank you for that one do you live over there? I will check that out on
Appreciate all advice.
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Jul 16th, 2012, 05:42 PM
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Lee Ann and I both live in the Albuquerque area.
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Jul 16th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Here is a comparison of Pasco WA and Bend OR.
You will have to visit a few places in the times of the year that you have the worst problem with your arthritis.
Death Valley has very low humidity but I wouldn't want to spend even a month there.
I learned about the dry side of Washington and Oregon when I went to the World's Fair in Spokane in 1972.
I live 50 miles south of Bend. I only snowshoed around my house twice this winter.
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Jul 16th, 2012, 11:46 PM
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Possibly Chile has some nice dry yet pleasantly cool locations. I would love to live by the sea, enjoy the fish dinner and learn a new language.
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San Diego, CA has the most lovely weather I've ever experienced. It's a very expensive place to live.
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Jul 17th, 2012, 05:44 AM
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If you move to a dry desert environment, your pain level will decrease and your mobility will improve. Contact the Arthritis Foundation in Phoenix or Tucson for more help with this decision.
It would be a life changer for you.
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Jul 17th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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Ask your doctor about an exercise regimen that will perhaps help you. Why think about relocation when physical therapy could help you?
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Jul 17th, 2012, 09:43 AM
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If you look at the Southwest beaware that becasue of all the yards, pools and agircultual irrigation the humidty levels in Phoenix and Tuscon are more than they were in years past. You could lookat the Eastern Sierra region of CA, from Bishop south to Ridgecrest. Some cold, raely much snow.
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I have a distant relative who moved to Las Vegas for health reasons. She said, some winters - about 2 months a year - may be bad, the rest of the year is great.

Keep in mind, health insurance varies from state to state, I think this was an issue for her.
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Jul 17th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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@ tomfuller:

Have you been to Pasco, WA during the past forty years???

The OP could fulfill the horse-related part of her future visions merely roaming around her would-be new town in broad daylight. (nobody should even go there after dark)

And I'm sure the present economy has Pasco just thriving.
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Yes I drove through Pasco on the way to and on the way back from Spokane 5/15 and 6/2.
Drew Bledsoe (ex-QB) bought a winery in Walla-Walla but chooses to live in Bend.
I do remember spending a night in Milton-Freewater Oregon in 2006.
I do like the Juniper High Desert east of Bend better than eastern Washington.
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Jul 17th, 2012, 07:43 PM
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Hello Everyone Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to put in your advice I have been looking forward to coming back here since I post to see what others are saying.
@ Gretchen I have done and just did another round of physical therapy again. I do accupuncture have a tens unit -swimming the doctors really suggest for people with severe arthritis. Someday"s if the humidy so high I can't even hardly move. I even went Gluten-Free 2- and half years ago, when they did a blood test and told me I was allergic to wheat.
I lost weight from elimanating wheat, but do not have a weight problem.
This humidy I am done with, the Doc's do tell me all the time to re-locate.
@ dayenu Thanks about the insurance tip.
@Happytrvir- I like the way you talk, Sounds like Heaven!...pain-free...Awwww!
Wish you Good Health and Happiness!
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