Post by Lisa Petrison on Jul 24, 2011 19:58:05 GMT -5
A report from 2002:
Hi, I am 45. I contracted M>E when I was 24, it lasted in a chronic bedridden way until I was about 31. Then for 10 years I worked full time in a very demanding job. Let me tell you I was amazed to ever get back to work! I also had a child (!) However, I have always had residual leftover symptoms from the time I had Chronic M>E. Bad back pain, tire easily, and have developed early onset oesteoporosis (I think this is related to the stress of my body coping when I was severely ill) My skin has always retained some overall tenderness (I am sure some of you know what I mean). My brain fully recovered from that foggy feeling (thank God)
What I did to get better was to move to a part of the country with high sunshine and dry days. I found wet, grey weather added to my feelings of being unwell. I live in Nelson, in New Zealand. I think living in smaller cities helps.
As far as climate goes, Nelson is about the best place I can probably live in NZ - but I find cold winters hard still.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 19, 2011 7:22:59 GMT -5
A report from 2002:
I'm from New Zealand, almost as far south of the equator as you can get. Having lived there almost all of my life, except almost 3 years now in Costa Rica, I cant really guage if there is much of a difference. I know I felt great before I got sick (I was very sporty and healthy) but I'd never been anywhere else. I was very sick in NZ for almost 10 years. I had a 'respite' of almost 2 years whilst pregnant and during our move to CR. I am starting to feel much worse but not yet as bad as in NZ. I'd say CR is a 'feel better' place than NZ, wether distance from the equator has anything to do with it, I dont know.
The places I lived in NZ were in the South Island, on the east coast. All fairly cold (temperatures range from below freezing in winter to high 30s celsius in summer), windy and very changable.
I generally feel better by the coast in New Zealand.
I did have notable improvement a few years into my illness when I stayed at Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Coast. My stay was during January, mid-summer. Improvement was cognitive and physical.
...From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Water_Beach "Within two hours either side of low tide, it is possible to dig into the sand allowing hot water to escape to the surface forming a hot water pool. The water, with a temperature as hot as 64°C (147°F), filters up from two underground fissures located close to each other. These natural springs can be found on the beach opposite the off-shore rocks. Visitors often dig large holes and relax and soak in the thermal water."