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My oxygen level is 98 but I am increasingly short of breath. is this common?

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    RichardAT
    RichardAT

    O2Sats do not relate directly with sob that is due to narrowing or restriction of airways. This can result in hyperventilation and high O2sats. Take care, Richard

    auntymary
    auntymary

    Yes, very common. You must understand that shortness of breath is not directly linked to low oxygen saturation in the blood. They are two different issues so you can be SOB with a high oxygen level and can have a low oxygen level without too much SOB.

    mooseloose
    mooseloose

    Short of breath symptom checker www.medicinenet.com/shortne...

    PollyP
    PollyP

    Hi , If I were you I would get your shortness of breath checked out with your doc or nurse tomorrow. If I had oxygen sats of 98 I would be skipping down the street.! If shortness of breath is not normal for you then best get yourself checked out. Good Luck and keep well.

    mskpjb
    mskpjb

    Last week I saw the chief resp nurse, was very breathless but my oxygen level was 97 so she said I was fine.Yet I`ve been carted off in the ambulance before now gasping , with a high oxygen reading. The ambulance man did explain it to me but I can`t remember what he said so auntymary`s explanation is brilliant and I shan`t feel like a fraud in future, Best wishes, mskpjb (Sheila)

    mojo50
    mojo50

    my husband has copd , doctors have said he is not far from end stage but his sats always remain high 97 or 98 but he cant walk far he is so breathless it is almost unbelievable but his sats are still good , he has a community matron come around once a week and she takes his sats and they remain good but his breathing deteriots Even i cant answer why wish someone could
    got luck xx

    libby7827
    libby7827

    I always have good sats, even when I'm really bad. On a good day I can only walk around slowly within the house, but sats always good. Don't know why they bother taking it to be honest!

    Wizzy-wig
    Wizzy-wig

    Thank you all! I am seeing my doctor this week and I will let you all the outcme

    poply
    poply

    hi my breathing was getting worse .ithought it was my copd was getting .had pulse taken when i went for flu result pulse racing reading 150 had ecg admitted to hospital for 3 days on heart monitr now on tablet to slow heart rate and warfirin much better so don t think everything is copd getting worse .always ask questions .

    soothsayer
    soothsayer

    Im in a similair situation..i have copd and sats of 98% but im always short of breath and cant do anything physical without struggling..it can be very confusing and frustrating because people assume you must be doing well.

    buny993
    buny993

    ooften due to heart condition

    patomic
    patomic

    It is hard to understand why we can have sats of 98% and be breathless. I think it has a lot to do with respiratory drive and the fact that breathing is very hard work for people like us. Many, many times I have just wanted to lie down and just stop because I have been so exhausted. People who have never felt this way should just spend an hour in our shoes and they will see just how frightening it is to be breathless. It is so easy to stick a sats monitor on your finger and tell you you have 98%, tell you that you are fine when you are visibly gasping, terrified and suffering.

    andreafm
    andreafm

    Hi there

    I have individual sats of 98% but when I monitered myself over some hours with a wrist oxymeter that records the oxygen levels, my levels averaged out at 87% throughout the day. I uploaded them to my computer and printed them out. This has helped me to get the proper attention from some doctors.

    I have episodes of hyperventilating [over breathing because I am breathless] along with my oxygen levels going up and down all the time, so without recording your levels over a space of time it doesn't really give a good indication, in my opinion.

    If you had a basic oxymeter at home and give it a try in different circumstances, leaving it on for a while when you do......this may help to get a better understanding.

    Hope this helps
    Andrea

    Wizzy-wig
    Wizzy-wig

    Thanks so much. Very helpful idea!

    Invisible23
    Invisible23

    Thank you makes a lot of sence ,I know I need oxygen sometimes.

    libby7827
    libby7827

    Unfortunately, some people are not suitable for oxygen as they retain carbon dioxide, I am one of them. I can be practically on my knees sometimes and my sats are still around 90. I'm not allowed oxy, although some retainers are. If you put "retainer" in the search bar at the top right hand corner it will come up with some posts on the subject. x

    jos2-je
    jos2-je

    So is mine.

    abd1966
    abd1966

    my sister age 25 years off n on breathlessness whate kind of oxygen should i keep at my home for emmergency and nubulize like sulbutamol with steroid is help full for her

    BlakeyC
    BlakeyC

    whatever your sister's doctor prescribes, absolutely nothing else.

    nancyl5
    nancyl5

    I cant even walk ten feet without being short og breath

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