I spent several nights in Cancun, Quintana Roo in April 2000 plus other times (sorry, don't know which months) in 2001 and 2002. It was long enough for me to know I was a "5" there.
I was in Playa del Carmen, Qunitana Roo in December, 2007. By that time, it seemed I had become immune to the benefits of the location effect anywhere. I was a "2". I couldn't do nearly as much as healthy people.
From cc Cancun Score: 1 I had just developed cfids before vacationing here...contrary to my doctor's opinion, the warm weather and hot sun only made me worse. I was extremely tired, weak, achy and my face rash flared from the sun. Stayed 1 week worse than usual
From MR Cancun Score: 9 very hot, very little wind, dry heat Stayed 5 nights the first time and 7 nights the next visit felt better after a couple of days of being there, No pain, more energy
MR, who is from the Pacific Northwest, elaborates:
I have been to Cancun twice, Jamaica three times and St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and St. Maarten each one time. I usually stay ten nights when I go. Some of it may be that I'm on vacation, but I have been in extreme pain, and lots of fatigue when I leave, and the flights are always long, so I'm usually exhausted when we arrive. But with in a day or two I feel great, I get my appetite back, I have little to no pain, and just feel better all over. Normally it takes every bit of strength to get up and go somewhere, I was able to do all day tours without needing to nap, and felt good the whole time. I sleep alot at home, on vacation, i don't need the sleep, although i love laying in the sun and taking a nap. But we have decided I need to be somewhere warm. If we could up and move to the carribean we would. Just not sure what we would do for work there.
I usually stay ten nights when I 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.
I went to Tulum in February 2001. Got much worse. On beach the first day, the capillaries on my thigh started to show mild hemorraging under the skin. Found I could only go outside for an hour after sunrise and another hour before sunset. Was okay in the evening. Wasn't sensitive enough to locations at that time to rate it. Also, had clothes and books from my house with me.