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Dizziness

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Having just returned from a week in St. Anton I found I suffered from the same problem I get every time I go skiing now. At the end of the day when I've finished skiing I feel slightly dizzy and disorientated. Before anyone cracks any funnies I feel like this before any alchohol consumption. I run about 5 miles 3 times per week so I'm not completely unfit. What could be causing this? Please help!
David
post #2 of 24
What's your altitude change? Are you hydrating? Are you fueling? Give us some more details, please.
post #3 of 24
It could be the altitude!

One of my friends, who is very fit, ended up in hospital in Breckenridge one year with altitude sickness, while big, fat, slow, unfit me was OK.
Another possibility is dehydration: how much water do you drink through the day?
That's my 2 euro


S
post #4 of 24
Hydration is the key to comfortable skiing. Drink water in the evening before going to bed, a few glasses. When you are forced to wake up and pee, drink another glass. Wake up, start drinking again. If your pee has color, you are not drinking enough water. I've gotten pretty dizzy on days that I have not taken in enough liquids, or was that taking in too much, I don't know, hope all works out!
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
I don't know the altitude of St. Anton off the top of my head but I'm fairly sure the Alps are not high enough to cause altitude sickness. I try to drink as much fluid as I can but this is restricted to drinking Coke/water whenever we stop at mountain bars - normally lunchtime.
My problem must be dehydration as you suggest. I don't really like the idea of carrying bottles of water with me all over the mountain though.
post #6 of 24
Coke: too much caffeine (sp)
Stick to still water. It runs deep.

Rather than carrying bottles around with you, get a Camelback or Platypus "Hydration System" - you can get a very small/thin backpack one which will hold 1 litre, and then they do bigger ones as well. I'll try to get you a web address later.


S
post #7 of 24
Ooops, it's actually a CamelBak


And Platypus


S

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 23, 2002 07:11 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Wear the fox hat ? ]</font>
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Ha! Just what the doctor ordered. Cheers many times over fox hat!
post #9 of 24
I started using camelback this year. Works really well for me. Just make sure that you wear it under your shell to avoid freazing. Way more convinient than bottles.
post #10 of 24
I just picked up a Camelbak - got the one called "Sno Bowl." It's insulated for skiing (the tube has neoprene on it). I highly recommend you pick up a ski specific one. My GF's ices up very easily without the insulation. Mine won't ice up until it's 0 degrees out and even then it's not solid. Also wear it under your jacket to help keep it from icing.

The ski ones come in 50 and 70 oz sizes. The bladders have new, large openings for easy filling and cleaning.

I love my Camelbak!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 23, 2002 10:17 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Sugar Snack ]</font>
post #11 of 24
yea to the Camelbak. I've been using them for years on my mtb, and 3 seasons ago started using them skiing.

Sug is correct in recommending the ski-specific model, but if you already have a non-ski model, you can buy the insulated hose/bite valve separately. I've done that myself.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
Many thanks for the info. These things look like just what I need. I'm going to Zermatt again in March so I'll get one and test it there.
Thanks again all.
post #13 of 24
Zermatt

Now you can get altitude sickness there my man. Not to mention way drunk at the Brown Cow.

Oz
post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
Oz, I'm going skiing - not climbing. Surely the slopes are not high enough to cause altitude sickness? If my dizziness is caused by the altitude what's the best cure?
post #15 of 24
Dab, skiing in Zermatt is some of the highest in Europe - on a par with many of the Colorado resorts. The town itself is low (around 5,000ft), but the top lifts are up around 12,000ft.
This is well into the height where people get altitude sickness.
Things to combat it:
1. Keep hydrated
2. Drink water
3. Increase your H2O Intake
4. Imbibe liquified steam
5. swallow melted ice

(got the hint yet?!)
There are other things to do, but this has to be number 1.


S
post #16 of 24
Try the drug Diamox. Some people hate it, some swear by it (like me). You only have to take it until symptoms recede (1 day for me).
post #17 of 24
Altitude sickness can occur at altitudes as low as around 6000ft (1900M for the rest of the world). Dabickley's symptoms sound much more like dehydration. As everyone else has said, drink more water.
post #18 of 24
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Prosper:
Altitude sickness can occur at altitudes as low as around 6000ft (1900M for the rest of the world). Dabickley's symptoms sound much more like dehydration. As everyone else has said, drink more water.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's what I thought. It's not so much the altitude but where you're coming from. A person who lives at sea level has the potential for experiencing altitude sickness at a much lower level than someone living at a higher elevation - no?
post #19 of 24
Da

There are big signs in the tunnel at the top station of the Klien Matterhorn Cable Car warning about altitude sickness. Ski the Gornegrat for a few days and work up to the higher runs. Drink lots, sleep well and go easy on the booze.

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'll follow the advice Oz. The trip to St. Anton was a stag week so I really don't care if I don't see another pint for a long time.
I think I really damaged myself, even now I'm drinking about 1.5 litres of water a day and my pee is still dark yellow even in the evenings.

Hope you're keeping well.
post #21 of 24
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Wear the fox hat ?:
Coke: too much caffeine (sp)
Stick to still water. It runs deep.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Water is better, but caffeinated bevs are still good. Definitely better than nothing at all. I read something recently about this. Even though caffeintated drinks are diuretics, you still retain a large percentage of the water.
post #22 of 24
Yeah, it's not that bad. I also have a thing about carbonated drinks (that's fizzy ones). The fizz is bad for your vocal cords, so not recommended if you plan on singing for your pints at the local Irish bar.

(That's another useless tip from the fox)


S
post #23 of 24
Dab,

St Anton is only 2811 metres high and you did say it happened every time you went skiing. Does it happen at lower alttitude levels, and does it only happen after you have been drinking the night before. If so I suspect it could be low blood sugar and mineral/vitamin levels. Take a multi-vitamin drink last thing at night and first thing in the morning mixed 50/50 with water (stock up on these when you get to the ski-resort). Also take multi-vitamin/minerals tablets with a midday meal e.g. http://www.centrum.com/multi/performance.aspt

Taking high carbohydrate (dry) snack bars at two hour intervals makes you want to drink and keeps your blood sugar levels up.

http://www.drinkease.com/drinkease1.html
http://www.webtender.com/handbook/antihangover.html
http://www.blurofinsanity.com/hangover.html
http://www.hairytongue.com/
http://www.hungover.net/

Not that I know anything about alcohol never touched the stuff myself

DB
post #24 of 24
Here is something from personal experience.
Went to Verbier last year. Drunk ca. 9 tequila's in the evening. The morning after had a terrible headache in the last gondola up to mont fort (3300 m), felt nothing (adrenalin [img]smile.gif[/img]) while skiing the buckel piste back to the gondola. But everytime i took the gondola the headache came back. Next evening i did the same (the tequila was very cheap at the bar),but was not to dunk to drink a litre of water before i went to sleep. Next day i was fine. So Hydrate or die (Camelbak motto)
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