Originally Posted by 436
A Dr. Pepper and yogurt enema...
The Doctor; (Pepper) says it never fails from a medical view point.
OK I have no idea..
Thanks Guys! This has been a very entertaining thread, albiet at the discomfort of others.
I'm presently at just below 10,000ft in Afghanistan, came here from the nice lowlands of Iraq last year. So the altitude change was significant. I had all the symptoms, headache, runny bloody nose, increased urination, disorientation..
Well, having been home (Virginia) and back a few times I've gotten the hang of not suffering from the abrupt change in altitude.
Here's the drill: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate... seriously the lack of humidity and thinner air at altitude sucks you dry thru your skin, breath, kidneys.. yep, kidneys cause they work overtime from your energy consumption trying to just stay hydrated and oxygenated, that's 9 tenths of the headache, your little brain is shriveling up! Start hydrating early, no later than a week out, preferably 2 weeks out and if you drink ANY alcoholic beverages, well, enjoy the headache cause it displaces plasma glucose in your blood and brain.. headache!
The other part is simple also, and is advice I got from a equine vet in Colorado... increase your red blood cell count to increase your oxygen capacity in your blood. Anyone who has horses has learned this when changing altitudes, we use 'Red Cell' or something along those lines, as do athletes who train at lower altitudes. When you start hydrating, start taking good old geratol with iron. Iron supplements will increase your red blood cell count but it won't happen all at once. Start two weeks out at least. I start taking it just as soon as I get back home to VA. Of course along with increased iron comes other discomforts of the bowel type. The added benefit of the increased hydration will help out here considerably!
Standard disclaimer: always consult with YOUR physician before you take any supplements for any reason!
I've been here now a year and no longer get headaches or other symptoms other than incresed urination when coming back, but I do admit to a Jack and Pepsi or two while home, so I have to boost the hydration before heading back. Now.. I'm not saying this will help you for sure but it's working for me at 8900 feet. Ya'll take care!