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judyq

where is the best place to live for joint problems !!

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Hi, would love to pick anybodies brains regarding the best place to live in australia.Myself,my partner and three children are off to queensland and sydney for a reccie in february.I have psoriatic arthritis and know i have to be in a warm climate!! Every winter gets worse here in freezing england! However would be interested to hear how people with joint problems who have moved get on?

We are lucky that we can go virtually anywhere but it does make it hard to decide. I know i am better in the warmth but am unsure how humidity will affect me? Any experiences greatly appreciated !

Judy:wink:

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Well....

 

I have rheumatoid arthritis and, for me, it's not just the temperature but the humidity too. The coast in Queensland is nice and warm but it's also humid so we chose to go inland a hundred kilometers or so. Where we are (a place called Toowoomba) is a couple of degrees cooler than the coast but much more dry and it seems to suit me. There are only a couple of months of "cool" weather each year and that coincides with the driest season anyway, so it works for me.

 

However, I guess everyone is different.

 

Bob

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I too have got psoriatic Arthritis & have been living in Perth for almost 2 years.

My arthritis & Psoriasis have been loads better since I've been out there & I've reduced my strong Arthritis tablets to half & cut some of my others out.

I have been back in the UK for 6 weeks for a holiday & both my Psoriasis & Arthritis have got a lot worse, can't wait to get back to sunny Perth.

Perth is a dry heat unlike Queensland which is humid, so I'm not sure if the humid temps will suit you. I only have knowledge of Perth.

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Hi judyq.

 

Firstly I reckon Perth could well suit, doesn't get too humid, much more of a dry heat. My other half suffers from arthritis to a very minor degree, and she found the dry heat did her good. We also used to live in Cairns, very humid at times, but still did her the world of good. As long as dampness isn't around we have found Australia on the whole to be far better for the conditions you mention.

 

On a different note completely. Byron Bay 'used' to be a great source to sort out the 'joint' :shocked::policeman: problems, two a penny there, (or rather a few dollars). I think it has cleaned up its act lately, but I dare say you will be able to find a few drunk backpackers around that could source a joint or two. Darwin also will pay dividends as there is a plethora of 'joint' hangouts.

 

Seriously though, I think on the whole as long as you pick somewhere without damp you will feel a whole lot better, hope this helps.

 

Cheers Tony.:wink:

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hi Judy

 

We've been in SE australia for 2.5 years now. I've had a undiagnosed 'something' now for a lot of years the closest i can get to it is Lupus. Still further tests and specialist to come in December. One thing i have noticed here is my bones are way more achey, my asthma is no better and my skin is non-to-clever. I put this down to the humidty. Mould due to dampness in the air can get really bad. My hubbies suits were covered in white fluff the first year (we got a bit smarter the second). With you saying you've been here in february you probably caught the humidity and may be found it okay?? but for me i think dry heat is the way forward, especially for bones aches and pains.

Kelinoz

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I would agree with the others, avoid high humidity which more or less cancels out most of the desirable areas in Queensland to be honest.

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Not Melbourne- think it is the asthma capital! I would have thought dry climate South Australia ( Adelaide) would be good

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I too have arthritis and I have lived in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and neumerous other places. The short answer is the only place I got complete relief was Perth. The humidity of the north east isnt much good and I found Adelaide fab in summer but it is bitterly cold in winter. Perth is generally warm most of the time, winters are relatively short and humidity is low. You also have more chance to spend time swimming which is beneficial to your joins as a non weight bearing fitness activity.

Good luck.

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Thanks so much to everyone for replying. I had a feeling this would be the answer, typical we have chosen to do our reccie in Queensland and sydney!Looks like we may have to include a look at Perth while we are there !Thanks again

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My Grandad suffered badly with arthritis when he lived in Victoria but it got remarkably better when he moved to Merimbula, which is a couple of hours south of Sydney. It is a coastal (small) city and is absolutely beautiful. He even bought a double storey house and managed the steps up and down without a problem.

 

Enjoy your reccie!

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Hi, I know this is an old post but I was wondering where you ended moving and if your health is better? I moved from London to Sydney 3 and a half years ago and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis about a year and a half ago. It has been deteriorating since then and the humidity in Sydney absolutely kills my joints. I am now looking to move to a drier city and came across this post. Funnily enough, I was back to the UK for two months when it was "summer" there this year and my joints were so much better. I got a lot better over there but since I got back, I have been suffering again.

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Hi Cheryl,

I found this thread interesting as I have had mild psoriatic arthritis for a couple of years and live in Perth. I am finding my joints are much stiffer in the Perth heat but spent a few weeks in Europe in their summer and was much better. Whether the improvement was also related to being on holiday, no stresses etc I'm not sure.

I suspect there's no 'one size fit's all' with relation to weather and arthritis and we're actually considering moving to Tasmania when we retire although will probably plan to spend the winter somewhere slightly warmer.

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Yes it's interesting, I have an old motorcycle accident related ankle injury and the humidity in Queensland actually made it worse. I get hardly any problems with it here so there really is no one size fits all with these things. 


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Drumbeat, it is indeed interesting but I am disappointed to hear that Perth isn't helping as much as I would have hoped for. A few of my Australian friends also struggle here but are fine in Europe. For example, one of them cannot tolerate Australian wheat and nightshade plants and has joint problems as a result but when he is in Europe, Italy for example, he can eat everything and he is fine. Another has severe eczema even though she was born here but she has no problems outside of Australia.

Bristolman, I also sprained my ankle really badly 3 years ago and needed an operation 2 years ago. I have also noticed that even nowadays, it keeps on swelling but back in the UK, it didn't swell as much. Like you say, it must be the humidity (I live in Sydney). When you say "here", where is that? 

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RA, psoriatic arthritis, eczema are all autoimmune so an environmental trigger could definitely impact. I’d say though it’s more likely an airborne allergen than temperature related.

There has been some interesting research recently that’s shown changes in air pressure, usually drops in pressure, increase joint pain. Pressure drops normally preceded the bad weather coming, which gives support to dodgy joints acting as a barometer for weather changes - my wrist, which I shattered years ago mountain biking, definitely gives me pre-warnings!


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8 hours ago, Cheryl said:

Drumbeat, it is indeed interesting but I am disappointed to hear that Perth isn't helping as much as I would have hoped for. A few of my Australian friends also struggle here but are fine in Europe. For example, one of them cannot tolerate Australian wheat and nightshade plants and has joint problems as a result but when he is in Europe, Italy for example, he can eat everything and he is fine. Another has severe eczema even though she was born here but she has no problems outside of Australia.

Bristolman, I also sprained my ankle really badly 3 years ago and needed an operation 2 years ago. I have also noticed that even nowadays, it keeps on swelling but back in the UK, it didn't swell as much. Like you say, it must be the humidity (I live in Sydney). When you say "here", where is that? 

Sorry, here is England. 


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ABG, I do wonder whether it is an airborne allergen. I hear so many stories of people having all sorts of different kinds of issues in Australia but are fine when they go elsewhere and I, myself, never had health issues in the UK before I came here. I rarely even had a cold back in the UK. I hear a lot about barometric pressure in RA forums but never really understood it. How can I find out which cities are least affected by that though? 

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On 13/12/2017 at 23:28, Cheryl said:

Hi, I know this is an old post but I was wondering where you ended moving and if your health is better? I moved from London to Sydney 3 and a half years ago and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis about a year and a half ago. It has been deteriorating since then and the humidity in Sydney absolutely kills my joints. I am now looking to move to a drier city and came across this post. Funnily enough, I was back to the UK for two months when it was "summer" there this year and my joints were so much better. I got a lot better over there but since I got back, I have been suffering again.

If you want less humidity, Canberra could be an option. Not sure about the pressure drops though. Can’t think of any of my Canberra acquaintances with RA but that’s not to say that there aren’t lots of folk there with it. Disadvantage of Canberra I guess is winter, and it can be very chilly although it usually gets above 10C during the day even if the nights are -7C

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17 hours ago, Cheryl said:

ABG, I do wonder whether it is an airborne allergen. I hear so many stories of people having all sorts of different kinds of issues in Australia but are fine when they go elsewhere and I, myself, never had health issues in the UK before I came here. I rarely even had a cold back in the UK. I hear a lot about barometric pressure in RA forums but never really understood it. How can I find out which cities are least affected by that though? 

You could google that sort of thing to get you started. 

Adelaide has a dry climate. We have the odd humid day over summer but its usually that hot dry heat off the outback. Winters can be chilly though unless you live in the hills it doesn't get that cold overnight generally and it can rain a fair bit but its a short season usually. 

The pollens here are numerous and of course, mostly different to those in Europe/UK. All those gum trees and other trees that have air born pollens. Plus the grasses. Also moving to a new country, especially the other side of the world, can mean you pick up more of the usual suspects virus wise as many of them will be new to your immune system. 

 

 

 

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Thank you for your replies! I did hear that Perth had fewer allergens in the air compared to other cities so I might give it a go. I have been suffering so bad the last month since summer started in Sydney. I think I'm desperate to try anything now!

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1 hour ago, simmo said:

It's complicated.  Before you rush off to Perth try this website https://air.plumelabs.com/en/ you can compare pollution city - city.  The results are interesting (that's all I'm saying) 

They are.

Where we used to live in the U.K. seems to be a lot worse than where we are currently living in Australia. 

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1 minute ago, snifter said:

They are.

Where we used to live in the U.K. seems to be a lot worse than where we are currently living in Australia. 

amazing! Did that surprise you?

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7 minutes ago, simmo said:

amazing! Did that surprise you?

Not really. I find the air quality where we are here much better overall. It was interesting to see how they stacked up against each other and by how much. Glad we picked this part of Aus is all I can say :) 

 

Eta - the op was looking for warmer climate andasking about humidity, not sure how much pollution is going to play a part or if it's one of their factors. Either way, nice to have some numbers from around the globe to browse. Defo some places to avoid going on holiday perhaps. 

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2 minutes ago, snifter said:

Not really. I find the air quality where we are here much better overall. It was interesting to see how they stacked up against each other and by how much. Glad we picked this part of Aus is all I can say :) 

The fresh air is obviously keeping you cheerful i see. ;) 

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