to read and give real consideration too when
heading to the higher heights..
I have a query for
those with medical expertise. I am bothered by
sickness above 8000 or 8500 feet.....my town is elev. 659
I have been told by several people that altitude sickness
controlled by drinking lots of water...that the water not
only keeps you
hydrated properly, but it also supplies the body with some
drink your oxygen." I know I feel better at high
I drink lots of water. Why?
is the medical name for your problem, has to do with red
count in the blood when changing your surrounding (going
higher or lower
An abnormal increase in blood cells (primarily red blood
resulting from increased production by the bone marrow.
and risk factors: Polycythemia Vera is an acquired
the bone marrow, which causes an overproduction of all
three blood cell
lines: white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.
It is a rare
disorder, occurring more frequently in men, and is rarely
seen in those
under 40 years old. Its cause is unknown, and the disease
a hematologic malignancy.
Polycythemia is not
a joke nor is it easily remedied, unless you know
than the hematology oncologist that I have seen. There is
life expectancy of 10-15 years, which is not that long if
life you are talking about. The chances are slim of
getting hit by
a truck, but that is always the come back about not
knowing how long you
I read that people
that live in high altitudes (above 10,000 ft.) have
increased number of red cells because the amount of oxygen
in the air at
this altitude is decreased, therefore the body reacts with
cell production. Those people move to a lower altitude,
disappears, over a period of time.
So people going to
high altitude not use to it may bring on the
"mountain sickness" do to having lower blood
flow or red cells,
usually by inadequate oxygen from the thin air. I have
heard that to
avoid the "sickness" approach the higher
altitudes slowly for your body
to adapt itself, that's hard to do when traveling on land,
in a plane
its done with pressure adjustments.
Drink lots of
liquids, as mentioned water is the best, booze will seem
less than usual for the same effect, anyone with health
over weight, etc. should see their doctor before changing
altitudes as a safety measure. There are medicines
relieve the problem, can't remember what they were now,
used to take
in out of state hunters when living in Masonville CO and
ones from lower
to sea level altitudes did have problems, from headaches
to sick in
their stomach to not being able to walk any distances.
Check your doctor
Larry, I know there are pills available that seem to help.