Can anyone tell me why the GP'S at my... - British Lung Foun...
I guess they're listening and writing up on your records all the crackles & creaks or changes they hear in your lungs.
They're looking for infections first & foremost.
Don't they even do sats when you have an infection?
My oximeter was £19, Biosync through Amazon, quite handy at times when you suspect they're low and can do some deep breathing to get them back up.
Hi, O2 sats are not necessarily an indication of how your lungs are doing. Some people function very well on lowish sats and others dont do well on very reasonable sats, so as peeg says the docs want to treat any infection. After months of Telehealth I learnt that my sats were not as relevant as I thought they were. Hope you are feeling better now eh?
Hi My husband was not tested at all for his sats until about four years ago when he was admitted to hospital with a very bad infection and given an arterial blood gas test which indicated his O2 levels. It was then suggested he get an oximeter to check his levels when he has an infection. His sats can drop too low. Sats levels are only a problem when and if Copd progresses. If your doctors/nurses don't worry about it I am sure you don't need to! Take good care, with best wishes TAD xx
I can blow a fairly good Peak flow but my problem is a sudden drop of sats. I seem to recover when rested but for a short time I am level and then it drops like a stone with mild exercise or walking. IE: I walk ( more of a plod really ) from my doctors to my car as soon as I sit I am breathing hard to get my breath back, Same when I go up stairs once at the top I am struggling. I have problems when lying flat too.
My doctors only seem to want to test me at rest and sitting up? I am having a spiro test next week.
Its difficult to tell about the doctors, these days! Sometimes, I wonder, if they even have a heart; forget about being qualified! If they checked your lungs when your breathing got difficult its quite an achievement, I think.
In my case, they never even examined my lungs, forget about blood SATS. Ultimately, I had to find a GP who had a heart Anyway, hope you are better now!
I think if your GP really wanted to test your blood gas sats, he/she would have to perform a not very peasant test in the artery behind the wrist. that's what the doc does at the hospital, for accuracy they say. The pulmonary nurse does it by pricking your ear, which is a little more pleasant. Indeed, your GP could have an oximeter. Mine was stolen and had cost £120, so I'm a bit reluctant to buy a new one at that price!
I got my oximeter from amazon for about £22