I was in Merida for most of the period of April 2000 to September 2002. I was a "5" or just less than a 5. I was well enough to lead a normal life without making any special efforts, as long as I got enough sleep and as long as it wasn't about to storm. I've been in Merida for most of the period from October 2007 until the present (July 2011). The "well" effect no longer works on me here, or anywhere.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 14, 2011 9:56:18 GMT -5
Paul Beith writes:
>If you look on "Yucatan Living"'s page, there's a thread I started March 27. I began with "In the last 3 days". Yucatan Living is reporting some one with Fibro who reports being 100% better when in the Yucatan. I am not "Yucatan Living". They are a known company. Now people can see it's not just me who hears reports of ME/CFS and Fibro people being well when near equatorial waters.
He also comments:
>A friend of a friend posted this on my Facebook yesterday: "As a fibromyalgia/CFS patient, I have known for years that a vacation in Mexico (Riviera Maya) is one of the healthiest things I can do for myself, but I didn't realize that many others had also made the connection."
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 14, 2011 11:43:20 GMT -5
I have been to the Yucatan twice, Jamaica 4 times. I definetly feel 100% better everytime we go. Our last trip was in October to Jamaica, It was very humid. I have never been in weather that humid before, but I felt wonderful. I have been told humidity is good for fibro. I am contemplating getting a humidifier for my bedroom. We are also thinking of retiring in either the Yucatan or Jamaica, or maybe some other Island in the carribean, We have been to a couple other islands as well. As soon as we get home I feel back to my fibro self. It's amazing the difference I feel when I get to the Carribean. I sleep like a normal person, and I have energy, I feel like doing things, I rarely need pain meds. If you have the means to go, I highly suggest it. We have talked about liquidating everything and going. If I didn't have children and grandchildren I probably would.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 18, 2011 11:29:08 GMT -5
A report from 2004:
As many of you know, I have been reading and posting on this site for quite a few months. I am intrigued with the idea of feeling better in the tropics as I am so disabled by my CFS that I have to use a wheelchair most of the time and am weak and in pain every day.
I don't seem to have MCS. I've had several tests showing sensitivity to very few things.
My main problem (and I want to define this a little because we all seem to have something a little different) seems to be related to my blood vessals constricting upon using a small amount of energy. Constriction occurs in my temples, causing vascular head pain; plus the calves of my legs and feet become cold and painful upon walking or standing for more than 10 minutes - and the pain escalates. An imaging scanner at my doctor's office could detect no warmth from blood circulation in my calves. They showed up in blue on the monitor. Also, any muscles that I am using begin hurting within a few minutes - for instance when I'm preparing a meal, my arms and shoulders become painful. Besides the pain, I am fatigued all the time.
And I have digestive problems, high levels of mercury, low magnesium and poor liver detox, even though I'm doing what I can to correct all of these problems such as having removed amalgams, doing liver detoxing and taking magnesium.
So, those are my symptoms. I have no sudden reactions to any products or smells.
I just returned 10/20/04 from the Yucatan, where I hoped that after 3 or 4 days, I would feel a little better. I flew into Cancun, went to Chichen Itza and Valladolid, then on to Merida & Progreso, then back to Cancun before flying home to the San Francisco Bay area. The 1st 3 days it rained off and on. But day 4 through 7 it was sunny and dry. I didn't feel better. In fact, I felt a little worse than usual after being outside for a while. For the most part, I had my same symptoms that I have had before for the amount of activity that I was doing. I was in a wheelchair everyday and my adult son was with me, pushing the chair as we did some site-seeing daily. The heat seemed draining to me. I had to come back to our hotel midday & get in the cool water of the pool & get my head wet because it seemed overheated some days, even on the days that I wore a straw hat. Also, we walked in the shade as much as possible when outside.
I was hoping to have the kind of reaction that Paul and others have reported, an improvement within the first few days. In fact, if I had felt better, I was considering going back to Merida for the winter. But I had no improvement at all. I'm surprised. I don't know why it didn't work for me. I wonder if my paricular set of symptoms may be something other than my diagnosis. Who knows? I have been to some of the top doctors and specialists in every kind of medicine, allopathic and alternative, in the past 16 years that I was disabled by this illness and have been tested for everything that could be related to my symptoms, and my diagnosis remains-- CFS.
Prior to 1988, I had a great career and could go strong all day every day. I exercised, hiked and danced regularly. My energy seemed endless. Then, boom, it all changed.
Any thoughts would be welcomed. I don't want to completely give up on this idea because I do feel better here in N. CA in the summer, especially when the temperature gets into the 80's & 90's. I have less pain and more energy. This trip to the Yucatan was the first time that I was in 97 degree heat along with humidity and spending several hours outside each day.
I already know that I don't do well with desert heat, even when I was well, because I used to go on business trips to Phoenix and I vacationed there when my sister lived there. It seems that for me the best temperatures are 85 to 95 degrees but not out in the sun for long periods. I'm still thinking about trying other places in Mexico - maybe along the Pacific Coast so that it isn't so far away, just to see if I can find a good location & feel better -- PV or Mazatlan or farther south along the coast.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 18, 2011 11:30:51 GMT -5
From Paul Beith (2005):
Of course, I cannot guarantee that all people with MCS would feel the same, but someone in another Yahoo group felt the same as he did pre- MCS on the peninsula of Cancun (in the Yucatàn area of Mexico).
He lost his pain, fatigue and brain fog during his time there!
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 18, 2011 12:27:36 GMT -5
A report from 2004:
I felt so much better in the Yucatan! I was there in April for 2 weeks. In Cancun I felt just okay, just like when I am in Puerto Vallarta.
Over the whole period of time I had problems sleeping, but that could have related to some other things too (I just tapered off Clonazepam).
I noticed a significant improvement when we arrived (after 3 days) in Merida. I felt energized and no pain in the muscles. Merida is a nice city, and you are right it has narrow sidewalks, and there tend to be a lot of people on the shopping streets. Neverteless there are many places where you can sit down outside (there is a nice parc in the center), and enjoy yourself (where it is quiet but not too quiet).
But I would say that Campeche was the place for me which is South West of Merida. My brainfog improved, and felt much more energized than in Merida. I visited the Uxmal Maya site which was stunning.
In the Netherlands we do live under the sea level near the ocean, and that was not a good place for me to live. Merida and Campeche in the Yucatan (Mexico) were so much better!
I do get better in summer as well. Pain is almost gone, and much more energy plus the fact that I recuperate a lot easier.