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Reverse altitude sickness after season

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi all,

A question from a newbie here.

I have just spent the winter living at 1800m in Saas Fee, Switzerland and I have just returned to 0m in Den Haag, Netherlands last week.
I have the following symptoms - lightheaded, dizzy, tension headaches, sleeping longer (i only needed about 5 hours of sleep in saas fee) and hungrier.
After 7 days it seams to be getting better but not by much. Going for a brisk walk also triggers the headaches. A good neck massage seams to relieve symptoms. My headaches are mild / dull and not painfull, just annoying. Concentration seams worse than usual.

I think I am particularly prone to altitude sickness - i initially had mild headaches when living at 1000m and I used to get fairly sleepy at >3500m. I also briefly fainted on piste once (at 3500m).
I suspect I have low blood pressure. Also binned the social smoking habit (i think smoking increases blood pressure?).

Combined with the temperature & altitude difference I think this is all related to altitude change / blood pressure but I wanted to ask if anyone else has experienced this?

Thank you & Kind Regards
Larix
(thought this would be the most relevant forum as its health/fitness related)
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Thats all the pot they smoke around there. lol
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can't help with your condition as I haven't experienced such.

But welcome to snowheads Smile
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Have you had an MRI scan?
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I get daily headaches when I visit the U.K. We're only 1274 metres here, but it definitely happens. As soon as I get back to Wengen they disappear.
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@Larix, welcome.

I've never heard of such but not a medic.

I would go see a Dr though, just to exclude anything serious.
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went to the doc and she said it was a neck injury (nerves and blood vessels) brought on by excessive exercise which made sense. Recovery time can last weeks.
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@Larix, Good advice! Maybe see a physio for your neck too
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@Larix, what were you doing?

No, I really don’t want to know!!
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1) Bad posture at my desk
2) 4 x 6hr hike over 3 weekends and my first session of climbing in a while

i always assumed neck damage would be noticeable but apparently not. I think I must have been straining it continuously without noticing.
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Just check that the neck injury isn't an artery dissection.
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dehydration?
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If as your doctor implies, you have injured your blood vessels, it can be very serious and I would really get it checked out. if you have torn the inner lining (a dissection), untreated, you are highly likely to have a stroke. You need a CT with contrast.
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Update

after a few more days the symptoms started to disappear with the occasional episode.
As planned I came back to switzerland at the end of june (absent for 1 month) and my symptoms reappeared - though slightly different.

I went to the doctor in switzerland and he said it is sensitivity to altitude but mainly brought on by stress at work which can come & go no matter how long you are in the mountains though it is more common when moving up/down. They took a blood test (clean) and some breathing tests to demonstrate the problem I am having (which he sees all the time).

He told me not to take any painkillers, to stay active and get plenty of exercise.
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