View Full Version : Suggestions for dealing with the Altitude.

Lady Hoshi
06-30-2007, 03:26 AM
Purelovely and I have a little trouble adjusting. Mostly just fatigue and headaches.

Is there anything else besides drinking plently of water that we can do?

Most of the research says it goes away in week. Since we are only there for the weekend that doesn't help us.

Anything we can do now to help use adjust more quickly?

06-30-2007, 01:28 PM
Err... I was going to suggest running 3 miles a night on average... But I guess that doesn't work for a weekend ^.^;;;

Just lots of water and, if you feel dizzy or get a minor headache, sit down for a few minutes and maybe take a tylenol.
Don't try to run around so much. I remember when I first moved here last year, I kept trying to run around like I usually do and I fell over X3

Just take a break when you need it. If you aren't doing much strenuous activity, that's all you should need to do :)


Lady Hoshi
07-01-2007, 02:10 AM
Err... I was going to suggest running 3 miles a night on average... But I guess that doesn't work for a weekend ^.^;;;


well maybe if I increase my aerobic exercise here everyday it might still help. I don't do much, except sew, cook, clean and go to work.

07-01-2007, 03:47 PM
You could also use some preventative medications for AMS.
Acetazolamide (Diamox) is the one that people use the most. You start taking it a few days before and then during your time here (since you will only be here for three days).
Now, I am not a doctor (yet) so you might want to ask a real doctor about it. I don't know if it is an over-the-counter drug.

07-02-2007, 01:35 AM
Diamox is prescription only. After reading a bit about it I don't see why you couldn't go in to see your doctor a bit before you come here (a week or so) and ask if you could give you something to help you with the altitude sickness, you could even tell your doctor you heard about diamox and if that would be a good choice.

07-03-2007, 11:40 AM
dont drink JUST water drink something like Propell sports water it has some of the nutrients you'll need to keep going, gatorade has too much suger in it so it makes it hard for your body to absorb the water. Colorado is a High altatude Desert ^^;;; so yes water is good. also, work on breathing. I know it sounds wierd but part of the reason people will feel fatigued is because you arn't gettign enough oxygen. in a week your blood will adjust and create more of what you need. so since you're here for only a few days just trying to breath in deep and slow for a few minuets and such should start to help....what I do when I go mountain climbing ^^;;;

07-06-2007, 11:02 PM
Eat, and eat correctly. From all the food groups. Pocky is not a food group. There's a Panera down the street from the hotel that has REAL food, just ignore the Wendy's. Caffeine is okay to a point, but excess is just going to make you crash that much harder... speaking of crashing...

Sleep, and sleep correctly. A twenty minute nap while you're in the cosplay green room isn't enough. Try to at least get 5-6 hours. More are better.

Avoid alcohol. For God's sake, don't smoke. Take some vitamins, or something like Airborne to give your immune system a boost, since it's working harder to compensate for less oxygen. Do some yoga?

All good things to do at any con.

07-07-2007, 12:11 AM
Try and build up extra cardiovascular strength beforehand. I know running/anything aerobic SUCKS but it'll help. I had the opposite effect when I went to lower altitudes when I was in shape- there was *too* much oxygen. x_x But now I'm a spud.

07-07-2007, 12:18 AM
There's a Panera down the street from the hotel that has REAL food, just ignore the Wendy's.

Their sandwiches are lovely!
(And try the muffies. Do it >.<)

Thanks, Beverly! I didn't know there was one around the con center... I love that place ^_________^


Lady Hoshi
07-08-2007, 02:26 PM
thank you for all the help.

all these sound like good ideas

07-08-2007, 03:13 PM
I climb and have dealt with seriously high altitudes in the past (19,000 plus).

Diamox is by prescription only, but the *only* thing Diamox does for you is voluntarily increase your respiration. It has some unusual side effects like an unusual vibrating sensation in your hands and feet, increased urination and, as funky as it sounds, it makes carbonated drinks taste horrible.

If you make a concerted effort to take deeper more patterned breaths and drink plenty of water, you should be fine.

Diamox *will* help you to sleep better and since you can't control your breathing when you sleep it does help with that; however, if you can remember to breathe deeply during the day, it's not needed.

You can also try doing a few pressure breaths every hour or so. Breathe in deeply through through your nose and force the air out out of your mouth hard with your lips almost closed. It sounds weird, but it's a climber's trick that has medical substantiation.

Blasphemy Blue
07-09-2007, 01:23 PM
Water. I'd suggest not having soda for a few weeks beforehand, just drink water instead of artificial drinks. I've discovered that since I actually never drink anything except water and tea, I adjust to altitude changes amazingly well, even in other parts of the world. (IE, Denver to Italy with little jet lag). Soda does something to your system, I think, but I don't really know- I just don't like the carbonation and it bugs my stomach.

Aya Mizu
07-19-2007, 12:25 AM
Wow this is an excellent subject for a first-time visitor to that area! I'm really excited to be attending my first NDK flying in from Los Angeles so I'd hate to pass out as soon as I get there LOL

07-26-2007, 02:18 PM
I've been traveling the US all summer so I've had to deal with many altitudes. I cannot stress ENOUGH how important it is to drink water. Seriously. Get a one gallon water jug and drink at least one everyday. I drink about 3. Once you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. If you feel hungry, you're dehydrated. Not even joking. Beverly is 100% about eating right as well. Don't touch fast food. At all. It'll just make it harder on your body. As well as the soda thing. Soda just dehydrates you and makes it harder for you to breathe. If you get a headache, pop a midol. Midol have the pain killer in it as well as a little caffeine. Hope you adjust well ^-^ I don't wanna see you passing out o.o

Lady Hoshi
07-26-2007, 03:23 PM
Hope you adjust well ^-^ I don't wanna see you passing out o.o

this is our third NDK. We haven't passed out so far, but we are never 100%. I think it would be nice to be able to spend more time at the con rather than in the room resting.

07-27-2007, 02:19 AM
Since I used to fly alot.. and moving here to Colorado, and living coast to coast:
Beverly had it very correct when she said to eat right. Making sure your nutrition is up to par is very important. But as everyone said drinking water is very important!

So here's a few things I've tried that keep me feeling great at not jsut an altitude change, but at the convention itself:


-White Peaches
-Leafy Veggies
-Heavy Breads
Don't eat TOO much meat (if you do eat meat) but eat some, or some tofu, keep your proteins in check.


-Small amounts of carbonated drinks
The carbonation can actually help with the altitude, it always helps me out.

Other stuff:

If you're flying, try sleeping from liftoff to landing. I can't really explain it but it helps.