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   Posted 1/28/2009 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone-
Just curious if anyone has done any traveling to high altitudes. I am going in a month to a friends wedding in Colorado. The elevation is about 9,000 ft. I was doing some research seeing if I should be more worried about getting sick because we are flying in, only there for 4 days so I wont have time to get used to the altitude, and just because of my inflammatory condition. They have a drug you can take Acetazolamide that will help to acclimate you to the height. You have to start it a few days before going. They also say to drink water and a few other things..... It also says 21% of people have mild symptoms. Not sure if I am at risk, and I dont want to have feel miserable. Should I make appt with my PMD to get an Rx or am I worrying too much? Just wondered if anyone else had any experience with the altitudes...

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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a very good question and yes you probably should ask your doctor to be on the safe side. The
higher altitude might make the ear popping last longer so you might want to see about getting a prescription
for ear pain just in case, hopefully you won't need to fill it.
Good luck at the wedding and Colorado has beautiful scenary, it's a nice place to visit.
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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
High altitude makes me feel pretty nauseous for the first day or so. Drinking lots of water is good & so is taking it easy for a day if you can. It's probably a good idea to talk with your doc about what you can do to prevent altitude sickness & if it will affect your condition in any way. Have fun in Colorado. The Rockies are gorgeous! I'm jealous!


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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   

It's actually a fact that it will make you feel wierd and have panic attacks because I beleive your getting less oxygen. Everytime I went to Utah I would always get ear and sinus infections and my eyes would water nonstop, I was very miserable. One time I came back (to washington state where I live) and I had a sinus infection, ear infections in both ears, pharyngitas, and a viral infection, I went to straight to a urgent care in my local ER where they gave me a shot of a strong pain killer just to make me comfortable til they ran the blood tests, and the guy that they sent to get the blood told me I was very hot he could barely touch my arm, my fever was over 103. I usually would always come back with something including migraines but that one time I felt like I was dying. So be careful, and dont be surprised if you get sick from the altitude changes. If theirs a med to help it I would definitly take it, being sick when your trying to have a good time is terrible. But I hope things go well for you.



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   Posted 2/1/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so glad I came across this - I had no idea that altitude could have an effect on your pain. I've got a flight scheduled soon and I'm so glad I came across this.

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   Posted 2/3/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in CO in early Jan for a ski trip. I usually go once a yr. We got really sick once with brochitis (not related to altitude). Otherwise, we are fine there. Start drinking tons of water a few days before the trip, and keep it up once u r there. Use a humidifier in your house/hotel for your sinuses. Also, salane spray will help the nose to. The first day of arrival, try to tae it easy, no hiking, ect. You can talk toyour doctor about how the weather will affect your condition, but i can tell u that i actually feel better when im there (maybe because i love the place!) ENJOY
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