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Altitude sickness prevention

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Altitude sickness prevention

Just heard a blurb on the news regarding this, so went to the source material. Looks like ibuprofen helped in 26% of the time taken 6 hours before going to altitude. The research group went to 12,570 which is higher than most go in Yellowstone or the surrounding areas.

med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/march/altitude.html

We got a lot of questions last summer about altitude, so maybe this will help if someone does a search on the topic.

Pam

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Hi Pam, thanks so much for posting. I actually saw my family doctor about prescribing Diamox because of concerns for my September road trip, and he said that patients he's prescribed it for have had good results. Still, I think I'll start out trying the ibuprofen and then switch to the Diamox if it's not affective.

Thanks again. (by the way, five and a half months and counting!).

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Mtnwriter, you really are going to have to do a day to day trip report!

It would be interesting to hear your Doc's take on the new report. Good to have things to swap off with as well.

Pam

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Thats good to know about ibuprofen. I had altitude sickness once on a trip to Keystone, Co. It wasn't much fun. I never got it on a road trip, so I'm heading up the long way. :)

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Re: Diamox, interesting side use is altitude sickness.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000766/

Ironically, some of the side effects are those similar to altitude sickness. Go figure... :)

Good article on WebMD; only two pages, on page 2, Diamox! But there are other ways to relieve the symptoms and these are included.

Edited: 22 March 2012, 03:05
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Thanks for posting that about ibuprofen. I'll give that a try when we are in YNP in June. Last year we were in my wife's home country of Taiwan and we stayed one night at a lodge at 11,000 ft (after driving straight from the beach that morning). I was a bit short of breath and didn't sleep much but headaches were only mild. That was only one night so I'm wondering how I'll handle 2 weeks in Yellowstone.

-Tim

Edited: 22 March 2012, 10:39
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thanks for posting that. i have considered calling my dr when our trip gets closer as i am one of those people who seem to be insanely sensitive to different things in terms of affecting my body.

if something stupid is going to happen, it will happen to me. my husband will be totally fine but it will happen to me ;-)

--poster formerly known as "punkass" still not sure what's going on with my screen name ;-)

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on second thought in that stanford article it says one of the side effects of the Rx altitude meds can be "delirium."

ill take some of that please :-)

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Tim, actually I think 2 weeks will be better than one night. You adjust after a couple of days (unless you are getting the kind of sick people do in really high elevations like Tibet where you need to be airflighted to a lower elevation) so you should be good for that long a trip.

Pam

(sighing over the possibility of 2 WHOLE weeks in Yellowstone!)

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Well, 3-19-2012 (formerly known as Punkass), the good thing about delirium is you usually don't remember it. Your husband might, tho! Will you be carrying ID with your new *name* on it? And is this an example of weird things happening to you?

So sorry for poking fun, I haven't even had caffeine yet!

Pam

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yes this name thing is definitely one of the silly things that would only happen to me! i feel like im having an identity crisis! im caught between 3 different names! who am i?!?!?!?!

this must be the high altitude delerium!!!

:-D

(and no worries about poking fun, doesnt bother me in the least!)