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Skiers with Altitude Sickness may be Hypothyroid
Skiers who exhibit signs of altitude sickness at high elevation ski resorts may actually be hypothyroid. Lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes, combined with slower breathing rates, contribute to headaches and out-of-breath feelings.
By: Barbara Lougheed
Skiers who are already taking some form of thyroid medication like levothyroxine or Synthroid are especially prone to being undermedicated, because these medications do not contain any T3 or triiodothyronine, which is the active thyroid hormone that gives cells energy. These people may also have a normal TSH, giving no clue that they are undermedicated. While further testing can reveal whether T3 levels are too low, and different medications with T3 are available, what’s a hypothyroid skier to do in the meantime? Spring break only comes around once a year, and many families plan an annual ski trip out west, where elevation in places like Colorado can top 12,000 feet.
WhereWeVacation.com is a new website created by a hypothyroid mother, with reviews and pictures of 18 different ski resorts in the western US. Tips on choosing a ski resort and a table that ranks major ski resorts in the western US by elevation can be found here http://www.wherewevacation.com/
Ski resort reviews in WhereWeVacation.com are from the point of view of a 40-something working mother, a barely intermediate skier, and differ from that found in most ski magazines, which highlight the fastest, steepest runs. Women like this mother are looking for gentle ski runs they can do, while their kids (and husbands) head for the black diamonds. Is the mountain steep, or are gentle green runs available? How’s the food, and how crowded is the ski resort? They are looking for other activities besides skiing, and wondering how far and easy it is to get in and out of the airports near these ski resorts, since they are probably also working mothers pressed for time and looking for less stress, not more. These are the things covered in WhereWeVacation.com’
Ski resorts reviewed are in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Lake Tahoe, Utah, and Colorado. Some are at high elevations, others are not. WhereWeVacation.com gives working moms some other ski resort ideas to consider when they plan their next ski trip. And if they are prone to altitude sickness, the Ski Resorts by Elevation table should come in handy.
TiredThyroid.com was created by a hypothyroid patient for all hypothyroid patients taking thyroid medication who don’t feel well, in spite of being told they are “just fine” because they have a normal TSH. The problems with current testing protocols and lab ranges are explained, and documented with medical journal references for patients and their doctors.
WhereWeVacation.com was created by a hypothyroid mother who cannot tolerate high altitudes and is more comfortable skiing green and easy blue runs. Ski resorts in the western US are reviewed from the point of view of an average skier who enjoys the scenery, hates crowds, and is looking for things to do with her family.