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Old 05-15-2017, 09:08 AM
Location: In The Pacific
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I didn't have arthritis when I retired at age 49 with my initial 1/3 pension, but I had and still have chronic lower back pain, which made me quit working altogether.
We moved to Philippines, our roots and was the only place we could afford to retire.
19 yrs later into my retirement, I still have my chronic lower back pain and now at age 68, I now have arthritis almost everywhere. The constant warm weather here has been ideal for me and my annual hay fever allergies also has totally disappeared. I'm a happy camper going beyond my Golden Years.
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:58 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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My knees woke me up this morning. Ouch, ouch, ouch. It's not cold. I don't see an answer for this.
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:37 PM
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Anywhere that is pedestrian / bicyclist friendly. Conversely, living in some auto dependent enclave amongst a sedentary majority would bode ill.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:58 PM
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In the land of prednisone, which is where I am right now. Nowhere else has helped, and one can't be on prednisone long term, but it really really helps my spondylitis. Physical location hasn't seemed to make any difference
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:15 PM
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We had two unseasonably-hot days here recently (Bay Area). My knees didn't hurt, for a miracle. The pain-free effect persisted for two more days.

There must be a scientific explanation for this -- meaning, the pain-free effect of heat without the actual heat. But I don't know what it is.

I'm going to love it in Arizona. I can't wait.
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:49 PM
Location: Florida
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I developed arthritis while living in Florida, then we moved to Arizona which was no better. While living there I had first one knee replaced and a few years later had the other one done. Two years ago we returned to Florida, and I have found that neither is better than the other.

It is 45 years since we lived in the frozen north.
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:43 AM
Location: Brrrrr Rollingstone, MN Near Winona, MN
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Default Thyroid

To the lady with thyroid troubles.
I want to say I was you! I made all the excuses in the book. I finally had gastric bypass & lost my weight. Good thing because my genetic brittle bone disease is very bad now and cannot walk.

First as nicely as I can say, please tell your son to mind his own business! Seriously! No parent needs to be controlled by their child, adult or not!

Next I need to say, my daughter was VERY overweight from an underactive thyroid. She had to even have her thyroid removed! She lost the weight, with determination and pain! Now she enjoys gardening, walking as far as she can and doing swimming which you can go to your Y or even most hotels will let you use their pools for a few times a week! Ask!

I want you to succeed but the first thing to do is stop making excuses. My overweight sister just died in December. I miss her so much~! She kept eating and making excuses. She would not go for a bypass, nothing!

She raised me also and I still cannot believe she passed away.

There is more than you involved if you die! I am lost without my sister!

Please! Get up and DO! Every little bit is great! Also a thing I did to diet also was instead counting the calories I always ate, I counted the calories I turned down!

It kept making me turn down more!

I will pray for you!

God Bless!

Oh and for me moving, I am thinking either Colorado or New Mexico. I hurt every 100+ bones I have broken! Hurt so bad but still go to the pool at the local Y for free and sometimes a hotel pool for free! I do crafts from my wheelchair. I sure hope I can find a good state and area to go soon because MN is not good for me with my titanium in the bones! The cold freezes the metal, the heat scorches it! Lord I pray for the lottery!
Living on disability at 56.
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:47 AM
Location: Brrrrr Rollingstone, MN Near Winona, MN
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Originally Posted by flyred77 View Post

I feel for you, I do understand the vicious cycle, and weight gain. My thyroid just keeps getting worse and the medications keep getting increased.

I tired Bariatric surgery for the weight and after about six months, the cycle started, the surgery benefit wears off and I gained back half of what I lost. But back to arthritis; after having the Bariatric surgery, I am no longer allowed to take anti-inflammatory drugs. Too hard on the stomach. The theory was that I would lose weight and that would make all my joints feel wonderful. Nope, didn't quite work out that way. Instead I had one knee replacement and I am scheduled for another.

So, I am still wanting to hear from folks in Florida. Has anyone had any luck with their arthritis and Florida? I keep thinking there must be because so many older people do retire there. But I don't personally know anyone who has retired there, so I cannot ask!



Hi ugh I wish I had better news for you but my sister retired there with arthritis and ugh she was in so much pain! Called me all the time crying. Florida is not a good pick. I thought it would have been also with all the seniors living there but they must stay inside or I have no clue!

Think Colorado, New Mexico, Las vegas, West Texas (they say) or I have wondered about Northern Arkansas?

Good luck and God Bless!
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:26 AM
Location: Idaho
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We stayed at an Airbnb in Port Angeles, WA few years ago. The hostess had moved there from Colorado. She had severe arthristic pains while living in Colorado in spite of the hot and dry weather. The more even, less variability in temperatures and pressures in the Olympic Peninsula was a godsend to her joints. She lived in a 3 story house with several staircases and many steps.


If you combine results of the various studies, the general consensus is that cold, wet weather is the worst for inciting arthritis pain. Terence Starz, MD, rheumatologist at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Pittsburgh, may have summed it up best with this quip he shared from one of his patients, “The frost is on the pumpkin and the pain is back in my joints.”

Changes in barometric pressure – a measure that refers to the weight of the air – seem to be more important for pain levels than the actual barometric pressure. Meaning that either a cold front or warm front coming in can ramp up the ache in your fingers. But once the weather has settled in, your pain will even out.
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Old 09-12-2018, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by LoveBoating View Post
It is now May of 2017, and despite what I said about my arthritis pain being better here, actually hasn't happened! The high humidity here doesn't help my arthritis pain at all. I had another RC surgery in 2015, on my left shoulder, and arthritis pain is giving me a daily problem there now.

So, perhaps the Eastern Slope/Front Range of Colorado was better for me. Wife and I are now considering moving back there, but this time we will be retired. There are a number of things we do miss about living there.
Well, here it is Sept. of 2018 and the "nagging-achy" arthritis pain goes on daily in left shoulder and sometimes a little in the right shoulder. Still use a couple of prescriptions, and a herb capsule to help.

This last July, went to northern Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming for a week of vacation. Still experienced the "nagging-achy" pain and had to take medicine for it, but we were only there for a week. The pain didn't seem as bad as it is here in Jacksonville, Florida. Besides that, going to a major rodeo in Cheyenne, and driving around Loveland and a little in Fort Collins, really reminded us of what we really miss by not living there. Yes, they have a winter, but "winter" goes along with the territory. Whether this nagging-achy pain continues in Colorado or not, we plan on going back. Wife has some arthritis pain now as well, and both of us want to go back to Colorado.
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