Post by Lisa Petrison on Jul 24, 2011 17:52:40 GMT -5
I toured various regions of France (Paris, Strausburg, Dijon, Loire Valley) several times prior to getting sick. I visited the Cote d’Azur in 1995, when I was first starting to get sick with ME/CFS, and then returned there in 1997.
I always visited France in summer.
I tended to be very irritable in France in general. It was much better for me than England, but still problematic.
I wish I could say that some parts of the country were better for me than others, but I don't recall that being the case.
From Tink Bretagne (Britanny) Score: 2 Weather: wet, cold, but last year a heat wave. Environment: no proper central heating in most French houses. Healthcare: doctors are non-friendly towards CFS/FMS and it's difficult to get treatment.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 18, 2011 13:47:36 GMT -5
More from Tink (2004):
I'm 50 y.o and live with my husband, 2 dogs and a cat in Bretagne, France in Europe. We're expats and have been moving around quite a bit. I have been diagnosed with FMS/CMP, Arthritis and CFS 10 years ago.
Last year we moved from California to France. We live in the western part of France called Bretagne. It kind of sticks out in the ocean and we're surround by 3 different kinds of water, The North sea, the Channnel and in the south the Atlantic Ocean. It's just a ferry crossing to the UK.
When we moved from CA I felt pretty well, considering my condition. I could do some shopping by myself, go to the library and even could manage a walk with my dogs. I hated the heat though, we lived near Sacramento and the heat was always overwhelming. I always thought I would do better in a cooler climate. Much to my surprise my condition deteriorated as soon as we arrived here. My pain and fatigue levels tripled and I went from being reasonably active to immobile. I'm almost so far I can't go out without a wheelchair.
The weather is kind of damp which isn't good for my muscles and joints. and the fact that I did run out of my US meds and couldn't get the same here wasn't helping either.
My husband and I just discussed our future and decided we are going to move again and were thinking of New Zealand. The way it's going now I'll be fully disabled and will need help to take care of myself. We hope the climate and atmosphere in NZ will help me regain some quality of life.
Before moving to California we lived in Switzerland. I felt wonderful there. I do attribute that to the high altitude we lived at. I felt so much energized and even my brain fog was gone. I loved the mountains, the cows outside my window with the big bells around their neck and the fresh smell of Alp herbs in the grass.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 18, 2011 23:13:43 GMT -5
Here is a 2004 report from someone in Scotland:
Last summer, during the European heat wave, I travelled to France and Switzerland, and noticed a marked improvement in symptoms. Physical energy remained low, but I could think better, concentrate more, and had almost no pain.
The previous year, when I was much more ill, I spent a week in Madras, south India. At that time I generally felt on the verge of passing out all the time, and was in constant severe pain throughout my body. I was very nervous about travelling, but had booked and paid for the trip before I relapsed. I had almost no pain while in India, and as well as being clear headed, I had more physical stamina than I have for years. Madras is at sea level, in the tropics, and the temperature while I was there was 38-45 C.
Both of the above trips were to spend time with my spiritual master, and a lot of time was spent in meditation, so that may also have had an effect.
However, I followed my Indian trip with a month-long visit to USA, for my grandfather's funeral and to visit relatives. There was a heat wave, 98-100 F, which everyone else was complaining about, but I loved. I was able to make several long car journeys alone, driving over 700 miles on one day, without needing more than a couple of days to recover, and energy, pain and mental alertness were better than they are now, after 18 months of slow but steady recovery. I was not meditating any more than I do normally.
As soon as I returned to Scotland, I began to get worse, and within a month I was almost as bad as before I went away.