What have you used/recommend for altitude sickness?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 21, 2012 at 3:47 AM

My husband and I went to the summit (6288 ft) of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire by train. We both felt dizzy and light-headed. In addition I had a headache and felt nauseous. We've been to the summit of Mt. Haleakala on Maui (Hawaii), and could barely breathe when we tried to hike (stopped after 10 minutes) on 10023 ft. I've been to the summit of Pike's Peak (14110 ft) elevation as a child with the same altitude sickness.

I decided what the hell do I have to lose - either I take a NSAID like ibuprofen (not good as it contributes to leaky gut) or I can try grounding. So the hubby and I both touched the granite rocks and soil at the top of the mountain for about 10 minutes. We were both skeptical. But we felt normal (great) afterwards with all the symptoms gone. We were only on the summit about 45 minutes - I don't think this is enough time to acclimate as we were coming from just slightly above sea level at the beginning of the day.

Possible Confounding factor: Cold Therapy? We were the only 2 people on the train NOT wearing jackets as it can get cold on the mountain. It was about 50 F with 25 mph winds. It has a world record of the worst weather in the world when on April 12, 1934 wind speeds of 231 mph (372 km/hr). On Jan 16, 2004 it was about -43F (-42C) with about 88 mph (141 km/h) winds resulting in a windchill of -103 F(-75 C).

So this is a n=2 experiment. Anyone else have this response?

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on July 21, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Great story!

Before I moved to Santa Fe (7000 feet), I read that a high protein diet can be helpful. I suspect that Magnesium supplementation may be helpful as well.

I had been Primal for a year before moving. I had NO symptoms whatsoever due to the elevation when I arrived.



on July 21, 2012
at 04:20 AM

On the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, which is 13,500ft, I was told to drink ginger tea and eat garlic soup...in addition to taking our time and going slowly. I did this every meal aside from breakfast for the two days before reaching camp. I don't know if it made any difference, as I haven't been that high before, but I didn't get sick.

There are also other drugs like Diamox, but those are not without side effects and usually for higher altitudes.



on November 13, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Hate to revive this old thread but I routinely hike up at Mt. Laguna and i always come back with a headache. The highest part of the Mt is maybe 6,000 ft at the most. Anybody have a trusted ancestral cure?

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