Where is the best place for a person with fibromyalgia to live?

Where is the best place for a person with fibromyalgia to live?

By: Dr Alex Robber

Nowadays, many people still consider fibromyalgia to be a rare disease, but it turns out that fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders in the US. Ok, in the United States alone more than 5 million people suffer from fibromyalgia and many more worldwide including UK, Australia, European countries…

Medical conditions often impact strongly where we choose to live to have the highest possible quality of life. Of example, if you’re in one, you don’t want to live in a place that doesn’t have appropriate wheelchair ramps or facilities, as that will probably affect your quality of life. Even something that is as basic as allergies can affect the places that suit you best.

I’m allergic to cedar, so springtime living in Texas was challenging for me and I often got sinus headaches. I’ve had even less issues with that since moving to New York. Okay, the emissions and traffic are causing other problems, but I digress.

Fibromyalgia is not a newly discovered disorder. It has been represented for centuries, in fact, but until now it has not really gained any reputation. In 1981, the first research on fibromyalgia occurred, which eventually established the condition as a disorder. After this one analysis several of them were subsequently testing the painful cause and tender points.

Factors that play role:

  • Wind
  • Pressure
  • Precipitation 
  • Temperature
  • Humidity

Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo Hawaii may be one of the prettiest places on earth. Many people enjoy the warm weather whether they are living in Hilo, or just visiting. The beaches are amazing, and over the year you’ll feel like you’re living in a holiday place. The mean annual temperature is more than 74 degrees Fahrenheit. There are plenty of doctors who specialize in fibromyalgia, and hundreds of support groups.

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Daytona Beach, Florida

Annual mean temperature: 72.25. Daytona Beach is usually a warm location and it’s perfect for those suffering from chronic pain. The Arthritis Foundation and the National Association for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain are always open to supporting you and your family. These bodies are dedicated to finding the best remedies.

Athens, Georgia

Athens is moving a little away from the warmest places on this list.  In Athens the average temperature is still a mild is 63 degrees Fahrenheit.  For anyone who prefers cooler temperatures but still wants to have the benefits of a more average climate this is an ideal location.

Athens is home to specialists in chronic pain, and provides physical, occupational and psychological support.  Georgia is one of the most fiscal friendly nations in the United States. The Peach State exempts benefits from social security and up to $35,000 from other retirement income forms for those 62 to 64 years of age. For those ages 65 and older the tax exemption is raised to $65,000. This is of particular benefit to those on a fixed income.

El Paso, Texas’ climate can reduce “fibro-flares”

Texas is another state ideal for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia. The weather and climate are better for chronic pain and can help to reduce flares intensity and frequency.  El Paso has an average temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit per year. The landscape is true desert in a surrounding El Paso and Odessa, and any weather other than bright, dry sunshine is rare. El Paso is a major city and offers some of the area’s best doctors and specialists in chronic pain.

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Long Beach

Long Beach is a big city on the California coast with over 462,000 inhabitants, just 23 miles south of Los Angeles. It is one of the busiest ports in America, and it is also a residential community with great beaches. The city is ranked by Walkscore.com as one of the most walkable cities in the world.

The weather and temperature conditions are perfect for reducing chronic pain.  Long Beach has a lower volume of rain than most other areas in the country that can help people escape rainy-day-related aches and pains. The average mean temperature is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Key West

Key West is an idyllic tropical area at the tip of the United States combined with a multitude of opportunities for leisure, entertainment, and culture. The city is home to chronic pain patients and professional physicians. When you like warm days, and if the rain does not aggravate the symptoms, it is perfect. The Florida Keys’s steady climate is a secret only to the people living there. This rarely falls under 60 degrees in the winter. The summer averages around 80 degrees owing to the ocean’s cooling breeze.


Austin, Texas is in mild weather. The weather can get hot, but the average annual temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  Recently, Austin was ranked as the country’s number one city to live in by the US. The 100 Best Places to Stay by News & World Report in 2017. The city, which welcomes about 50 new residents every day, has won top scores because of its affordability, desirability, quality of life and opportunities for health care.

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Asheville is another city with on average lower temperature. The annual yearly temperature reaches 56 degrees Fahrenheit.  It can help people who have fibromyalgia, especially when they prefer milder-temperature locations.  The average weather is good and will help to decrease your discomfort.

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