I used to want to move south to colder climates but now, not so sure. Given my new distaste for winter.
Until this Australian winter I definately preferred winter. The heat of summer is usually tougher on POTS and EM, for me, and last summer was a particularly hot one and I was so looking forward to winter. I was doing worse this past summer than I have since I've had POTS and EM symptoms.
But I've found that my EM is more difficult to manage this winter. My new, very recent, experience is that I get bone-chillingly cold during the day (as winter temps have dropped) and can be shivering inside my home under a blanket. If I let my feet get too cold they will feel like they are freezing (and sometimes burning at the same time -- a sort of ice-y burning). Or they will freeze and then start burning -- typical of the sort of thing many here have mentioned. Some days very light cotton socks are enough to keep my feet from freezing -- burning. Go without the socks and I'm asking for burning/freezing feet. Between about 5pm and 6pm I start to warm up. Suddenly my apartment is not 'too cold' as it has been all day. At a time of day when the sun has gone down, the temperature has dropped and hubby is complaining of the cold, that's when I start to feel okay. I start to feel more comfortable for a while -- which is good. Then I start feeling too warm. Then I go to bed and not long after I get too hot and burn, too cold and shiver, too hot and burn and repeat most nights, through the night, as I'm waking, and taking off and putting on bedsheets. Then there are the nights where I'm too cold all night, I wake repeatedly shivering and fall back asleep shivering. And occasionally, like last night, when I wake with my t-shirt damp and chilled -- at some point I've been sweating in my sleep but have not woken until I've coold down. On some winter nights I wake so hot I can't get out of bed quick enough to stand on cold tiles and cool down. On other winter nights (few occasions) I'm waking so chilled it stops me getting back to sleep.
I haven't used a heater in years. With EM I thought I wouldn't need a heater in winter, (or as long as the EM lasts). But I'm thinking about going to buy one for when I'm desperate to warm up. I can't believe I just wrote that. I haven't needed to warm up in years as I've felt way too warm generally. It's long been that I'm too hot. Now, getting the temperature right is like trying to steer a rudderless boat. I've realized that I hardly have any winter clothes. Nothing warm enough for when I get freezing cold. I walk around my apartment like a homeless lady, layered in clothing. Taking it off, putting it on as needed.
I guess the best place for me to live, now, is not about living somewhere colder as I had thought up until this winter. But it could be about leaving the city and high density living (although I might think differently if I had central air conditioning). I've lived nearly my whole life in the city and we live on a very busy road and the noise and just general busyness of it are starting to really affect me negatively. I am longing for the quiet of a more country area. Somewhere by the sea so I can take my swims on hot days. And central air. I need that, too. At the moment though, I'm relieved that we didn't have the opportunity to move somewhere colder given the changes I am now seeing in EM symptoms and what I assume is temperature dysregulation which is a symptom of POTS. Moving somewhere cooler could have been more difficult.
I'd like to say, though Sydney does get some very hot days in summer with high humidity most of the summer (which I hate) that I haven't experienced some of the extreme hot temperatures some members of this site have experienced day after day all through summer. If I lived in places that got that hot I'd definately want to move somewhere more temperate.
I've just realized that, for a while now, I haven't experienced that need to cover parts of my body to keep them warm and, at the same time, leave other parts uncovered to cool them. I guess everything just keeps changing and I have to adapt and find ways of coping.