I am a 63 year old female with spinal stenosis, DJD and a 4 level back fusion L2-S1. The first surgery was in 2008 ( I think) The second was 2012. Fusion for herniated disc L2-3 and removal of the hardware from previous surgery.
As most of us who have had back surgery or are living with constant, nagging, daily back pain, I wonder where is the best place to live/retire?
Currently, I am in Illinois where the winter are ok for me as I don't go out... afraid of slipping and hurting something. I don't mind the cold weather so much as I can easily put a heating pad on my low back and it's ok. Plus, I have bad asthma so I stay indoors mostly.
As for the Spring and Summer, I find with weather changes, humidity and rain episodes increase my back pain. I currently take Norco 7.5-325 maybe 2-3 tablets a day and Robaxin 750 1-2 tablets a day. I also use Lidoderm 5% patches on my lower back in the am and pm if I'm stiff and sore from housework etc.
I am thinking of moving to Florida about a block from the ocean. I grew up in Florida but I was young, no arthritic issues and had no back issues. With Florida being so humid, I am wondering if anyone out there lives in Florida, who's had back fusion and how they are coping with the humidity? I have visited friends who live near the beach in the late summer months and did not find I had any problems with my back. I am worried that I will ache every day even more so than I do now and so I hesitate to move.
Arizona is nice and my back did not hurt but I can't take the heat, I loved it there but again the heat gives me migraines if I am out for long lengths of time. But, I have not ruled it out as my back did not hurt and I found that the weather related headaches I get here in Illinois are not a problem in Arizona.
So, I am hoping I will hear from fellow back sufferers who may or may not be living in Florida and can give me a idea as to where they live and how they are coping with back pain and weather related issues.