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In January 2017 I had a spontanious pneumothorax. On July 4th 2018 I will be going to Colorado and was planning on doing some hiking. With this coming up I have a few questions in mind:
At what elevations would I be at an increased risk of having another pneumothorax?
I plan on hiking three days with each days hike reaching a higher elevation than the last. The highest elevation being the 3rd day of hiking I plan on reaching is 10,900 feet above sea level. I will be sleeping in Lyons Colorado which is above 5,000 feet. The hikes will begin around 9,000 feet and ascend anywhere from 600 to 2,000 feet. A few months ago I went to Colorado and completed a hike that ascended 1,500 feet and reached an altitude of 7,000 feet and had no problem. I am from Chicago that has an elevation of 950 feet.
Are there any additional precausions I should take? Maybe I should bring oxygen in case I need it?
Should I try and learn how to "Needle a Tension pneumothorax" just in case something happens while being hours away from help?
What should I do if I am above 10,000 feet and have a pneumothorax with about a 3-5 hour hike back to parking?
Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated!
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