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Old 03-05-2014, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default On occasion, I have difficulty breathing in high altitude...

I'm not sure how to deal with this but...

1) In Aspen, I had to come down from the peak because I was having issues with catching my breath

2) I was in Jackson Hole last weekend and again had difficulty catching my breath till I got closer to base

Both occurrences were due to probably more exertion. For example, I got stuck in powder while riding through tress in Jackson Hole. By the time I got out, I was essentially hyperventilating. I wasn't able to finally catch my breath till I got to lower altitude.

I know when I was at Breckenridge 3 seasons ago the stores would sell oxygen in a can but I'm not sure if that sort of thing would work?

I could just that I'm just out of shape and that's what causes the shortness of breath.

Anyway, wondering if others have similar issues and how they deal with it.
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get in better shape. You can't sit around all year and expect to be able to exert yourself at altitude without being winded.
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Hah ok. I'll do that but it's just weird that from my group of friends I'm the only one that seems to have the issue and I wouldn't consider any of them to be in shape either. But you're right, I should.
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I dont know if there is much you can do about it except acclimate yourself to it, I have honestly spent a third to half my life in the high country and never had a problem. I smoke, drink and I'm probably 20 pounds over weight. My step sons 14 and 17 get torn up everytime, and they are in great shape.
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Hah ok. I'll do that but it's just weird that from my group of friends I'm the only one that seems to have the issue and I wouldn't consider any of them to be in shape either. But you're right, I should.
That's because altitude sickness is a tricky thing that treats everyone differently. Most people usually get acclimated to higher altitudes within a few days. There's a drug called Acetazolamide that speeds up the process, but you have to start taking it a few days before traveling to the mountains. I'd ask a doctor about it if I were you for your next trip. Otherwise just hydrate, take it easy for a couple of days and let your body adjust.
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His symptoms aren't those of altitude sickness. They are of being short of breath at altitude while exerting himself. Different things all together. If he had nausea, vomiting, massive headaches then sure take some drugs to help....
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His symptoms aren't those of altitude sickness. They are of being short of breath at altitude while exerting himself. Different things all together. If he had nausea, vomiting, massive headaches then sure take some drugs to help....
He said he had to come down from the peak because shortness of breath was that severe. Yeah, he has altitude sickness. Had he stayed at the altitude longer he'd have more severe signs of hypoxia. Diamox does what body eventually would do, it just does it faster. Ultimately it's up to one's doctor to decide whether it is warranted, but yes, if I were experiencing the symptom that was bad enough to interrupt my activity I would without a doubt discuss it with my physician.
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Lol... Whatever you wanna think. I'll keep living at altitude and being active year round so I don't get winded. You keep asking your doctor for help with shortness of breath from physical exertion. I'm just a fat old guy anyway, I can ride or hike all day in any conditions though.

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I'll keep living at altitude
Precisely. You live at the altitude, your body has already adjusted to lower levels of oxygen. I shouldn't be telling this to you.
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For Aspen, there wasn't really any specific besides riding some powder which can be workout itself though

In both occasions I would wake up with bloody noses in the morning. Bloody nose in the morning is a common occurrence when I stay for a weekend at a resort
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