sick all winter, will Arizona cure me?

sick all winter, will Arizona cure me?

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  • Posted By: mommygrove
  • February 20, 2007
  • 05:11 PM

Ok, this might sound crazy, but I am desperate! Every since 1997 I have been sick all winter long. I just know that for 3 months out of the year I am going to ill. For example, this winter, I have had 3 respiratory infections, pancreatitis, kidney infection, 2 GI infections, tons of joint aches and lots and lots of fatigue. I live in Seattle. My father is also sick all winter and he normally gets a respiratory infection, which turns into bronchitis and then to pneumonia. He lives in Salt Lake City. We both have lupus (does not affect our skin at all though).

I have 5 little children and for me to be so sick is BAD. My husband ends up missing tons of work, my kids watch WAY too much Disney and my support system gets stretched to the max.

In the warmer months, I RARELY get sick, I am full of energy and do great.

So here is my question: If I move to place that does not have winters (ie Arizona) will I be cured? Will I only rarely get sick because it will be like a year round summer? I would be willing to do it in a heart-beat if I knew it would work but I fear uprooting my family at great emotional and financial expense if it does not end up helping.

Any advice, opinions, would be appreciated!

Kelly

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  • Hi, I doubt the move will cure anything. Your autoimmune system is out of whack, and your climate probably adds to it. I hope you don't get offended, because thats not my intention at all, just want to point something out. You said you have five small children at home. Many times when my four children were in school, I was chronically sick, even though they were not. Sometimes kids can carry the germs home and not get sick themselves. Don't forget, its mom thats always taking care of the kids, esp when they are sick. Just another point of view. Best Wishes~~Dee
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  • Kelly,I saw go for it... It is better to try and fail than to not try at all. What do you have to lose? You see that where you are right now isn't helping you. The fact that you do not get sick in the warmer months is your CLUE. You will always wonder if things could be better. I say go on faith, and let God take care of the rest.
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  • Kelly,I saw go for it... It is better to try and fail than to not try at all. What do you have to lose? You see that where you are right now isn't helping you. The fact that you do not get sick in the warmer months is your CLUE. You will always wonder if things could be better. I say go on faith, and let God take care of the rest.She has a lot to lose! Like a home, job, kid's friends, just to start with. And she doesn't know if her location has anything to do with her illness or not. you don't just pack up and move to another area of the country because things MIGHT be better.
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  • Right now in arizona we have some of the worst allegies in the states. I suggest that you look into it before committing.
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  • I am the same way. During the winter months, I am constantly sick. During the summer, I am great and have few problems. For the person insinuating it is the stress of having 5 kids at home and climate has nothing to do with it, I only have one child and location has a LOT to do with this stuff. You live in a rainy climate, which is even worse than where I live because it can contribute to joint/muscle pain and arthritis symptoms. I have had doctors recommend that I move to Arizona throughout the years, but I'm scared to start over. I'm a single mom too, so if I moved and got sick, I would be alone. Will moving "cure" you? No. There is no cure for Lupus. But it WILL help alleviate your symptoms to get in a better climate.
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  • i'm living in HOT weather and am feeling the opposite, but the same: "if i move to alaska, will that cure me?"i'm counting the days for summer to be over, which sucks cuz i love the heat, but now i'm thinking i'll have the same prob when it gets too cold
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2007
    • 04:12 PM
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  • Don't move yet. It might make it worse instead of better. My suggestions: Check into SAD Seasonal affective disorder. My immune system was messed up and it seemed like my body and brain were shutting down. I bought a full spectrum desk lamp and started using it while I am on the computer. The light gives off the same rays as sunshine. I then changed all of the lights in my house to full spectrum lighting. It helped immensely. Next I had my blood tested and found I was low in some vitamins and protein so I began taking vitamin supplements and increased vitamin C to fight disease, infections, and arthritis. I also started taking probiotics and digestive enzymes to help my digestive system heal from Celiac Sprue and to have better digestive health as most illnesses begin with the unhealthy bacteria in the digestive system. Are any of your health issues complicated by allergies or asthma? Children DO birng home germs an so it is important to get everyone in the routine of covering their mouths and washing their hands very regularly in warm and hot water with soap for aobut 30 seconds at a time. A pot of water on the stove to add some moisutre in the air may be helpful for breathing. When there is a nice day air out the house to get some fresh air in the house. Wash bedding after an illness. My immunologist recommended my not consuming dairy products. You may want to try this for 2 weeks and then reintroduce small portions to see if lactose is contributing to respiratory problems. Stay away from areas and people where there is smoking. Hope this helps. Been here for 3 years from Central Valley Ca and it is definitely a different climate here!
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  • Sounds like you suffer from indoor allergies, as do I. I get sick constantly during the winter. I am allergic to dust mites and mold. Go to an allergist and get tested. Perhaps taking Zyrtec or something like it every day will help. Also, make sure you spend at least 1/2 hour per day outside in the fresh air, and take vitamin D. Of course it's best to go to a doctor for advice. Feel better soon!!
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    • January 8, 2009
    • 04:37 PM
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