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sj904fighter
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Jun 30th, 2018 at 11:21am
 
Has anyone out there had any experience with, or know if High Altitude has any effect on CH?† I ask because my cycle was winding down (One EXTREMELY mild attack per night instead of three mild to moderate attacks, and a Pain Free night once in a while).† Now we are at a friends cabin in the mountains, and I'm suddenly getting at least two Moderate and Stubborn attacks per night.† I understand the Allergy thing, and that's possibly it.† I was just curious if the thinner air here might have an effect on it.
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Reply #1 - Jun 30th, 2018 at 12:35pm
 
From personal experience, I would say yes. At least if you're not adapted to the altitude. I used to vacation in Colorado at 12,000 feet, and on one occasion, had a particularly nasty cycle start up near the end of the trip of 10 days. This was in the summer, which had never occurred before (I've always been a spring and fall person). The extremely dry air and allergies may have also contributed. But less oxygen seems logical as a trigger. Hope this helps.

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Edited to add: this happened before I began the D3 regimen. Now, I would probably do some loading doses in advance.
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Reply #2 - Jun 30th, 2018 at 3:50pm
 
Hey sj904Fighter,

Pattik is spot on with her comments.  I'd load up on a couple 5,000 IU vitamin D3 softgels/day to aid in the lower O2 partial pressure and Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCL) at 25 mg every four hours and at bed time to counter any allergic reaction...

Take care and please keep us posted.

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Reply #3 - Jun 30th, 2018 at 6:52pm
 
Thank you Pattik, and Batch.  That is very comforting.  It made sense that the High altitude was the cause, but the back of my mind was telling me otherwise.  FYI - I've been on 20,000 IUs/day since this cycle started, and just picked up some Benadryl at the ittle store here.
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Reply #4 - Jun 30th, 2018 at 9:45pm
 
SJ904fighter,

25 mg of Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCL) every four hours throughout the day and at bedtime should work just fine.  Don't drive... If you need to drive take 50 mg as soon as you're home for the day and 50 mg at bedtime.

Take care and please keep us posted.

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Reply #5 - Jul 1st, 2018 at 4:16am
 
It makes perfect sense.  Less oxygen at high altitude, so the arteries dilate to compensate.  Dilated arteries equal cluster headaches.
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Reply #6 - Jul 1st, 2018 at 12:38pm
 
Kinda what I was thinking/hoping.  I was getting a little worried that my cycle was ramping pack up again...ÖÖ..I really  miss my BEER.  Tongue
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Reply #7 - Jul 2nd, 2018 at 4:12pm
 
Just a little update.  First night back home, no headache last night.  Hopefully this continues.  We'll see.
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Reply #8 - Nov 1st, 2018 at 11:32pm
 
Yes I am wondering about altitude. I got CH in Johannesburg and it was around 5 000 ft asl. I now live in Taupo which is 1200 ft asl. Maybe I should live on the coast?
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Reply #9 - Nov 2nd, 2018 at 12:11am
 
† †Gotta agree, Iíve had too many coincidences with Chís and altitude to deny a link but I do think that if one is completely out of season ( for episodicís) the effect is minimal but if one is approaching (or in season) their usual season, altitude can definitely play a role.
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