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deb fla
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USA
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Posted - Aug 02 2017 :  07:05:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I find myself short of breath more often. Oxygen levels around 95/98,(with oxygen supplement on level 3). Pulse around 95 /100, can't walk 10 feet without sitting down. Hard to exercise. A suggestions on how to deal with this. I am on nebulizer, symbicort, spirvia and a few other support meds.

deborah brantley

jmrommes
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Posted - Aug 02 2017 :  09:59:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd suggest you at least let your doc know what's going on, especially if this is new for you. You may be working up to an exacerbation, or you may be experiencing an increase in your CO2. That would explain being sob while your O2 sats are still where they should be. It could be just the weather; many of us are reacting badly to the increased humidity and high dew points that make it very hard to breathe some days. But I still think you should rule out any change in your COPD before we blame the weather!

While I know how uncomfortable it is to be sob, if your sats are still where they should be, there's no danger to you in trying to work through the sob. It's really uncomfortable but you won't do yourself any hard.

Exercise not only lets me live, it enables me to have a life.
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deb fla
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USA
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Posted - Aug 02 2017 :  10:56:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
jmrommes, thanks for your quick reply, yes I live in Fl and it has been hot humid and rainy.

deborah brantley
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Sokcap48
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USA
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Posted - Aug 02 2017 :  6:01:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
deb fla is that a "normal" pulse for you seems a little high. You might get a good heart work up to rule that out. Heart problems can cause SOB.
Take care and let us know.

Paul-Ut
The Journey Continues.
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jmrommes
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Posted - Aug 02 2017 :  7:33:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
While a pulse rate of 95-100 might be a bit high for "normal" folks, it may not be high for someone with COPD who is experiencing regular sob. When you're struggling for breath, your heart works harder, and her heart rate might be quite normal for her. Still, getting the heart checked out isn't a bad idea; it's always good to rule things out.

As I first suggested, it would be a good idea to let your doc know what's going on. If you have any heart issues, that's going to be quite important.

Exercise not only lets me live, it enables me to have a life.
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faybees
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USA
62 Posts

Posted - Aug 03 2017 :  12:01:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check to see if you have any water retention. Are your ankles swollen? If they are then you will also have fluid around your heart and lungs. It makes it very hard to breath. I find I am having it more because of the heat. I take Lasix to deal with it and it makes breathing so much better to get it off.
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deb fla
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Posted - Aug 03 2017 :  09:34:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did have what the Dr, termed as a small heart attack, my pulse went up to 125 while cleaning. They added spironolactone to my large meds regiment. 8 months ago I was diagnosed end stage and switched to hospice care. They pretty much check vitals, ask hoe you feel and give more meds. enough about me, hope ya all have a great day, i will do my best also, enjoy every day as a gift.

deborah brantley
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