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Hi All. I think it's wonderful how many of us are on this board and how supportive we all are of each other. I would truly feel lost without all of you. Anyhow, I am just curious and thought it would be fun to know what state/country everyone is from. ;)

I am from Arizona...and the summers here are horribly hard with POTS, not much humidity, but 110 is hot regardless! However, the other 9 months of the year are perfect!!

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Hi I live in an Eastern suburb of Cleve. Oh. Summers have been very hot and humid,did not bother me before POTS.Today it is 90 and very sticky,very hard to cope with.The rest of the year it's ok except for a few extremely colds days in the winter. Pat

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Greetings from Sioux Falls, South Dakota! It's the largest city (150,000) in my exceedingly rural state. There's fewer than a million South Dakotans.

It's too hot in the summer (and humid) and too cold in the winter. We like to say it keeps the scoundrels out.

I don't know where I will end up, however. My husband is planning a career change, and it probably will entail a move, either in-state or out-of-state. Our lives are in flux right now.

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here's an earlier post (that is REALLY long) that - among other things - has many members' locales listed. since it was started awhile back some of the info people posted are likely a bit outdated, but still might be of interest: http://dinet.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=322&hl.

additionally katherine (MomtoGuiliana) did a WONDERFUL job of compiling some general data for an earlier newsletter in regard to the geographic distribution of DINET members who are signed up for the "meet the members" program. this can be found at: http://www.dinet.org/Fall2005/fall05news1.htm.

i'm in Northwest Ohio (toledo area). i grew up here & moved back this past fall after 8 years in baltimore, md & a year in cleveland, ohio. and i'll be honest that i wouldn't be where i am now if it weren't for my decline in health, but it just wasn't possible for me to live on my own any longer.

hope you find the links interesting,

;) melissa

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How VERY interesting that the vast majority of people are from Ohio!! Now, curious as to whether or not that had any influence on obtaining POTS? Seems like a LOT of Ohioans and also a lot from NY, PA and that area. I wonder if there has been any studies on this relation. I am originally from that area too...so how very interesting!

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hi lauren -

first, as a minor clarification, not everyone has POTS but rather a variety of dysautomias. there are definitely a lot of commonalities throughout the different dysautonomia diagnoses, but as one of the non-POTS folk i wanted to mention it b/c while there is definitely a tendency for forum discussions to be very POTS-prevalant, some discussions (such as where people live) aren't really POTS specific. but i digress...

there haven't been any studies, but there have been some discussions here on the forum in the past, and the issue of geographic distribution of patients was also raised with some of the specialists themselves during panel discussions at the NDRF conference in 2002 in D.C.. while it is possible that there is come geographic connection in regard to dysautonomia causation, the general thought held by many is that the apparantly skewed distribution may be more related to awareness in the medical community & the distribution/ location of specialists than it is representative of the number of people who actually have POTS/ dysautonomia. ohio, for instance, has several doctors & hospitals with autonomic expertise, autonomic testing facilities, etc. whereas many states don't have any.

hope this helps,

;) melissa

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Hi Melissa. I apologize for making that POTS specific, that certainly wasn't my intent. I do realize that it's all dyautonomia's, I guess it's easy to just generalize for the disorder I have. Sorry about that!

That's true...they do have more specialist, so that could be a good reason why too. Hopefully as more awareness is raised on dysautonomia's that more information will be forthcoming and studied for the sake of all of us.

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I live in North West Ohio-----(Toledo area--also--- ;) )------Anyhow, like Pat said we have humidity, and sometimes pretty bad. We also have some pretty cold days in Dec. and Jan. I can't handle temperature extremes. Seattle, Washington would be perfect for me.

I hear from a lot of different sources that Ohio in general has a high prevalence of MS, and other autoimmune diseases. I sometimes wonder if some dysautonomia's are autoimmune in origin.

Thanks for posting all the information sunfish-- :)

Maxine :0) violetflower.gif

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hallo from the netherlands. i live in a little village near amsterdam (where my hubby works at the airport). today we've had lovely weather, very good weather for dysauonomia, not too hot, not too cold, about 22C (sorry can't keep in mind how to say that in Fahrenheit).

soooooo melissa, some people will be having lots of fun, don't you think??? the weekend will be warmer which means it will be VERY nice to have a drink at the Rembrandtplein!!!

(sorry guys, this will just be understood by melissa. no secrets here, it's just that people she knows are in the netherlands right now)

take care,

corina ;)

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I used to live in Alaska - the perfect place (as far as climate goes) for someone like me! I really got spoiled with cold winters and pleasant summers. Now I'm in Georgia. We had to move in with my parents here last fall because I was no longer able to care for myself long enough for my husband to go to work. Hopefully someday we can move farther north again. It is too hot here!

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please keep in mind that the larger numbers seen from Ohio and surrounding areas may be a result of doctors there being more aware of the disorders and/or folks moving to an area to be closer to good care and/or doctors knowing about our forum and referring patients to us.

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Corina, I didn't know your hubby works at the airport... My hubby used to be a commercial pilot!

I live in Missouri, about an hour and a half from Branson.

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I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I used to love the weather here (little to no humidity); now even the 80 degree days are too hot. I can't wait for fall and winter so I don't have to fight the heat.

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I think people in colder climates are also more likely to get viruses, which are a big cause of POTS. This may be another reason why there are fewer people out West. Most people have also included their hometown in their profile - if you're looking at a post it shows up on the left hand side under the username.

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I am from good old New York. really don't like the cold weather. I have a very hard time staying warm in the winter. My hands and feet become white and numb from lack of circulation. I like the warmer weather much better. My husband and I are planning to move to Florida in around 6 or 7 years.. Really looking forward to getting away from the cold and snow..

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NW Pennsylvania.. yucky winters..(gotta love lake effect snow!) and humid summers...im 30-ish minutes from both the NY and the Ohio line

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sandy, i hear ya about the winters .....we know the true meaning of the word WINTER here in maine! i cant stand being cold. my HR's are much much higher in the summer than in winter but i actually think i feel better in the summer than i do in the winter, just because it is actually physically painful for me to be/feel so cold in the winter -- and not be able to ever get warm!

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Michigan here, summer, hot and sticky, prefer to be in the pool!!

winter, freezing, snuggled up somewhere with a pet or two :lol:

Its a no win situation

((Hugs))

Sue

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Hello

I am from northeast Pennsylvania. It has been very hot and humid here the past few days. YUCK!!!!! Tough to live with when you have POTS but looks like a little break here soon. Anyone else from PA?

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We're in Northeastern GA. 110 degrees hot with almost 100% humidity! Angela/Cardiactec, we lived in Topsham ME for 5 years. You anywhere near there? Loved it- so beautiful!

Julie

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