Altitude sickness

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What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect people at high altitude (typically above 8,000 feet or 2,400 meters). Symptoms range from mild to life-threatening, and can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Common symptoms reported by people with altitude sickness

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with altitude sickness

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with altitude sickness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with altitude sickness

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with altitude sickness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has altitude sickness on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 3
30s 1
40s 3
50s 4
60s 4
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 5
Female 10

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3
Not Diagnosed 3

These charts show data from altitude sickness patients who have completed their condition history
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