COPD & Emphysema Support Group

COPD is a progressive disease characterized by airflow obstruction or limitation. Emphysema is characterized by loss of elasticity of the lung tissue, destruction of structures supporting the alveoli and of capillaries feeding the alveoli. Both have symptoms that include shortness of breath, among other respiratory troubles. If you are a COPD or Emphysema sufferer, join the group and find support.

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Best Places to Live with COPD

I told Hubby that I'd joined this group and he was really happy for me (he's the best and most supportive man in the world).

He has a question, though. Is there anyplace particularly GOOD to live if you have COPD? Back in the day people used to move to Arizona for their asthma.

I would guess tropical rain forests are out, huh? :-)

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I know I asked this question before and the only thing I really remember is the lower the elevation the better. In the winter I live pretty much at sea level but inland in deep south Texas. I have been told the wind and dust in Arizona and Nevada are tough on Copd. But where I live in TX gets very windy and dusty too.
StevenHanna
StevenHanna

I wouldn't know where the best place is, but I'm pretty sure you can scratch southern Nevada off the list. Too hot in the summer, dry and dusty with pollen 12 months a year. I'll be heading to Florida right after the New Years and see how the winter months work there, then up to Michigan for the summer. I should be able to find a decent area eventually. Have van - will travel. Coming soon to a town near you.
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I'm honestly beginning to belive that the is no one place better than another. Altitude, humidity, dust, smog - who knows? Not only do we all have a different makup to our COPD, but the bottom line for many of us is that home is where our heart is. My wife and I love it and have made our lives here in the middle of the mojave desert. Hot, windy, dusty. I struggle above 4000 ft with less O2 and at sea level with the humidity. This is a good place for me and mine. We know how to live here and what to expect.

Hugs,
Dennis
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All I know for sure, is that Arizona is not the best place to live. My Dad was born and raised in Oregon; moved to Arizona, because that was the thinking then: Arizona cures lung ailments. My Dad worsened quickly and died in Arizona. My sibling and I all agree the move was a mistake. It made his emphysema worse.

Information I have gathered: Low elevation; high air quality; low (HOT) humidity (like in the Southern States).

I have wanted to live on the Oregon Coast, since I was a teenager. Pulmonary Doctor says "NO WAY". The elevation is low; air is fresh, cool humidity is different that hot humidity. Pulmonary Doc says the mold will kill me. I am allergic to mold. Where there is a lot of rain and high humidity----there is a lot of mold. Darn it all.

Each individual is different in what their own body reacts to.
Each of us with COPD; do well in different places; weather, climate, elevation, humidity, air quality, etc.
I wish you the best. IF there were a perfect place to live; we would all flock there. My humble advice: Know yourself; know your body; know your disease. This will help you with a decision on where to live.
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All I can say is it's NOT NY. For sure not a good place to live with COPD.
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Lynnie,

I would echo what so many others have told you. If there were a specific place that was significantly better for those of us that suffer from COPD or Emphysema I suspect there would be a population increase in that area. I do believe though that the closer to sea level the better. Take care, Bill
bjrapp2020
bjrapp2020

Hi,
First it is wonderful you have a supportive husband. Family support is very important with this disease!!
I agree there is no perfect place to live, and I have not really scouted around because I am comfortable as I can be right here in Central Texas.
It is not as humid as Houston area, or as cold as Wichita Falls area, so for me it works. I just stay inside on bad days.
Have a blessed week
BJ
kaput
kaput

Hawaii on the beach :>)))
rcar01
rcar01

In an iron lung :)
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i have no idea :(:(........but if you find out..........please let me know!!!

I am in Texass, but born and raised in Tucson Az..........NEVER had a problem in AZ.

Didn't "develop" this problem until I had been here 6about 5 years...............and I used to get my "flare-ups" in the cold winters.

Last year, I skid by winter and had no problem...........YIPPEE...............but the flare up that hit me in June I thought would kill me:(:(..........still trying to recovery from it:(:(
corler
corler

We have 2 places, one in Fl( near Tampa on the coast) and one in AL 100mi north of Mobile. I always do better in FL. Although the air pollution is worse where we live in Fl. I vote for a low population area near the coast in central FL.
kaput
kaput

I lived on Marco Island for 11-12 years. Great in the winter, but pure hell in the summer. Now I live in Ohio, which is pretty bad all the time!
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I live in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, right near the ocean (and thus very low elevation). The humidity is fairly high here, but because of the ocean breeze, it doesn't feel so heavy (like it does on the east coast, where I used to live). Pollen is a problem because we have a year-round growing season and get pollen when the Santa Ana winds blow it in from the desert. Particulates from wild fires are an issue as well. That said, I generally don't suffer too much; nevertheless, we recently installed air conditioning, which helps a lot.
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Hummmmmmmm..........kinda got me thing..........................Heaven or Hell?????

Hell is prolly hot..................but maybe no humidity............

Heaven is up pretty high.....................the attitude might kill me............

Hummmmmmmmmmmm.....decisions, decisions:):):)
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Whoops........."thing" should be "Thinking" :)