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    Living in the Desert while taking Enbrel
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    cvrife posted:
    Hello RA Community. I am a veteran with Ankylosing Spondylitis. I take Enbrel injections which suppress my immune system.

    I am considering relocating and retiring in a drier climate and I've been looking at Southern Arizona, New Mexico, or possibly Mesquite (Nevada). They all have relatively dry climates with mostly stable barometric pressures and higher altitudes.

    I've read about this 'Valley Fever' which affects your respiratory system. I already have a suppressed immune system and a restricted chest capacity due to the spinal fusion in my back. My question is, should I not be considering these areas due to health concerns or is it still safe to live there with my health conditions?

    Thanks for any responses and help.
     
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    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi cvrife,

    I completely understand your concern.

    Here are links to information about Ankylosing Spondylitis and weather, which might be helpful to your situation:

    Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Does Weather Affect Arthritis ?

    Weather, Arthritis Link Confirmed

    AS --Beyond the Back

    I hope this helps!


    Have you spoken to your doctor about your move?


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