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Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) In Peru & How You Can Combat It

I’m no doctor – let me just put it out there. But I have experienced altitude sickness so debilitating (or at least that’s how I felt), that I almost bought a return ticket back home from South America. According to Altitude.org, altitude sickness has three forms: The common mild altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS), which is said to be quite similar to a hangover. Headaches, nausea, and fatigue are common symptoms. Altitude.org warns that if you have AMS, you should take this as a warning sign that you are at risk of the serious forms of altitude sickness. HAPE, and HACE*. Both HAPE and HACE can be fatal within hours. (More information can be found on their website). That backpacking trip my husband and I did to South America really tested our overall endurance. We trained physically and mentally for a year (running, circuit training, weights you name it) knowing that we were going to do a lot of trekking and walking around. But we soon found out that altitude has a way of creeping up on …