High Altitude A Risk Factor?
Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:17 PM
Thanks a lot,
Posted 13 January 2007 - 04:33 AM
I couldn't find anything specifically on ISN about altitude vs. ILD, but there is stuff out there so I'll put it together and send you a PM.
Yes, altitude does effect both PH and ILD. Two things happen with an increase in altitude:
atmospheric pressure drops
O2 saturation drops
The percent of O2 is the same regardless of the altitude (approx 20%), but because the "amount of air" decreases as we go up, the "amount" of oxygen is less therefore if your O2 sat is already low it continues to decreases the higher you go. Additional supplemental O2 may be needed.
An increase in altitude also affects PH. In fact, high altitude living (greater than 8000 ft) can cause PH.
I hope this helps. I'll send you some articles this afternoon.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 04:41 AM
Posted 13 January 2007 - 05:51 AM
I think it is so wonderful that you are getting married and have found a super sweet guy. But also remember your health is most important. I know you mentioned he has a good job etc, but sometimes a family has to make sacrifices for each other, especially when it significantly affects ones quality of life, if not life itself! Please make sure you are talking about your concerns to your fiancee and that you make these decisions conscientiously and TOGETHER.
Janey gave you some good info. and it sounds like she is planning on giving you more, but I think you know the move is going to change your health, so PLEASE take care of yourself.
Just worried about you hon.
Posted 13 January 2007 - 11:54 AM
Posted 13 January 2007 - 12:13 PM
Call your pulm doctor and just ask him what he thinks, especially regarding your diffusion and altitude.
By the way, Western Washington has everything CO. has and more (and we're at sea level. )
Best wishes in everything,
Posted 13 January 2007 - 01:09 PM
Smiles, Kisses and Hugs,
Posted 13 January 2007 - 01:44 PM
I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this at such a happy time in your life. I think everybody has given you great advice! Hang in there!