Acute mountain sickness (Altitude sickness): Body's reaction to a lack of oxygen
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HI My name is Maria and I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 1968. I have lived with it and it hasn't really ever caused me any problem, with one exception. That is why I am submitting this question. About 22 years ago my husband and I decided to take our daughters on a ski trip- we went to Brianhead Utah which I understand is at approx 9 thousand feet above sea level. Within a half hour of my arrival, my heart started pounding and beating fast and I couldn't stop going to the bathroom. Finally, my husband drove me back down the mountain and I caught a plane home from Vegas. I went to my Dr the next day and he said it had to do with my curve and how my spine bends into my lung and fouls up my breathing. I don't notice it where I love (SoCal on the beach) but I had an impossible time in Utah. He told me to avoid altitude which I have for all these years. He also said there are tranquilizers that might work. I've never gone back. Recently my husband purchased a ski condo in Park City (6 thousand) and I would like to go. Has anyone ever had this experience and if so, what have you done about it?
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