So before I start just want to say: am ok now, not needing to get help and am NOT worried about this! It's just puzzling me a little and I thought someone on here might have experienced the same. I don't want to ask my GP etc because it really does feel like curiosity more than anything and am also not wanting them to think I am anxious during attacks etc
Asthma has been misbehaving for the last few months and have ended up in least favourite place a few times.
Normally my sats behave themselves even when struggling which is good but can be an issue with the sort of dr who thinks that means you can't possibly be having an attack. However, I've noticed that though mainly when I'm hooked up to the monitor in A&E the numbers will be ok (and I've generally had ok nos on ABG though not always), they will move up and down a lot. I ignore this and try to tune out the beeping as generally they are just going 99-98-97-98-99 etc etc. - just sometimes I got bored and ended up staring at it for a bit hehe.
However, on a few occasions, and in diff places, I've noticed they dip lower briefly - down to low 90s sometimes and last time (Tues NYE -yep lovely way to spend it lol) they did it a few times including right down to 88 for maybe half a min or less and set off the alarms, then back up again to good numbers.
I'm assuming this is not actually a problem if they don't stay there but it kind of surprised me as I always figured if sats dropped they wouldn't just dip like that briefly for no particular reason I can think of then go back up again? It's happened in a few places so I was wondering if this is actually nothing to do with me or lungs but something sats machines do - maybe how the finger sits in the probe or something? My GP wasn't quite happy with 96% the other day (I see nothing wrong with this) and made me put it on another finger on the other hand for a bit longer to see if it was consistent - that was a portable one but I know they can all be a bit weird as when I saw a physio hers used to think my HR was 270 all the time which it really wasn't ever (luckily),
Anyone else had this happen/know why? Sorry for the slight randomness...I just like to know why lol.