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Altitude sickness?

We are headed to Colorado for 2nd rifle season.
And I was wondering if anyone had some extra info on altitude sickness A.K.A. acute mountain sickness (AMS)
A friend of mine had said to take tums or rolaids I can't remember which one that he had said, he read it some where that this will help you not get sick.
Does any one have any experince with this antacid ?

We are getting there 2 days early to try and help with this.
My doctor gave me Diamox (Acetazolamid).

Thanks Karl

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WATER! Lots & lots of water!

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I usually have a head ache for about the first two days. I just take a good bit of aspirin and drink a lot of water. Usually by the third day I am good.

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Another great thing is saline nasal moisturizer, most folsk do not realize just how dry a high desert we are in Colorado.

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I just got back from a deer hunt we was at 10,000 to 11,000 feet and the first night i got it real bad , i dont drink but the guy i was with said to down this beer as fast as you can i was not sure but i was in bad shape i couldnt do much worse and 20 min later i was shocked it was gone i didnt drink any more than that but i will now take a little bit of whiskey with me on those high elevation hunt. true story!

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hunter g wrote:
I just got back from a deer hunt we was at 10,000 to 11,000 feet and the first night i got it real bad , i dont drink but the guy i was with said to down this beer as fast as you can i was not sure but i was in bad shape i couldnt do much worse and 20 min later i was shocked it was gone i didnt drink any more than that but i will now take a little bit of whiskey with me on those high elevation hunt. true story!

Rule number one on altitude sickness is to AVOID alcohol. You possibly would of gotten the same results if you had drank the same amount of water The trick is to drink a lot of water and take it easy for the first day or so. If you get a head ache then take an aspirin and lay down for a while. If you want some good information on it just Google it.

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I second the motion for lots of water. People just don't realize how much water their bodies give off through normal breathing, perspiring etc. Drink lots and drink often.

I have hauled way too many folks from sea level up to 9000, 10000 or 11000 foot. I keep telling them to drink and they al say they are fine. A couple hours later they are so sick they can't function. Get a couple of liters of water in them and a aspirn and they recover pretty quick.

When you get up around treeline at 11,000 foot, you will loose body moisture. And you need to work at staying hydrated.

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Thanks for all the great input.
I did buy a camel back day pack still got to buy my water filter.
My drinking Shame on You! will start after some hard work hunting a few days and hopefully for a celebration.

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onzaman wrote:
We are headed to Colorado for 2nd rifle season.
And I was wondering if anyone had some extra info on altitude sickness A.K.A. acute mountain sickness (AMS)
A friend of mine had said to take tums or rolaids I can't remember which one that he had said, he read it some where that this will help you not get sick.
Does any one have any experince with this antacid ?

We are getting there 2 days early to try and help with this.
My doctor gave me Diamox (Acetazolamid).

Thanks Karl

yeah, try a little ginger. you can buy it in tea or pill form. it'll help you with that.

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I agree with everyone else lots of water, I like Gatorade, the first few days don't over do it if you get tired/winded stop and rest by the third day you'll notice a difference in how you feel and what you can do. STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL at least for the first day or two and don't use it to try to beat the miserable feeling should you come down with the sickness. Good luck , have fun, be safe.

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