Went back to the hospital 3 times. One time my Oxygen saturation was at 78% the other time it was at 95%. The doctors are not sure what caused it to drop this low. Does this just happen sometimes? I am curious as to what could have caused it to drop this low and if i should be worried about it.
Was it measured at the hospital or at home? If it only happens once, and goes back up, I wouldn't get too excited, but if it stayed down over time, or went down again, I'd worry. Are you on oxygen? What do you use to supply it, tank or concentrator? If the lady I take care of drops like that, I go through several checks, and if nothing is wrong there, I up her oxygen. I also look at her. You can do this. Are the lips dusky (gray tint), how about the nail beds? At 78 you should be pretty dusky. If it says 78 and you're not, something is going on. Tell me a little about why you have sats done and maybe I can help you out a little better.
Hello. I will drop, though not that low as I would faint, if I walk or move too much. I am on 2 liters to get to 96% and walking, bath, moves to three.
Am using liquid O2 pulse when quiet and full flow at 3 when walking. My problem is that my muscles are deteriorating. So situation would be different from you. Interstitial lung disease. Muscles store extra oxygen so regular exercise will help you be more stable if you are able.
I agree with my friend, that we need more info than what you provide. If you are using a home meter be sure it is checked at your doc for accuracy. The battery could go out or is wearing out. Just thinking...
Sorry for my lack of info. First I will say that all of the tests were done at the hospital and not at home. So the results should be accurate. About a month or so ago I started noticing that I was getting extremely weak. Doing even some of the smallest things such as showering is difficult. I get short of breath, and dizzy. I have fainted a few times. I fainted the other day in my kitchen and when my boyfriend got out of the shower he said he found me on the floor. He said I was a slight blue color. Both sure what else to say to explain.
I am really surprised that the hospital didn't keep you when your O2 sats were 78%. Most ERs are instructed to admit any patient with a Sat below 90%, did it stay at 78% for any length of time? Sats at 78% unually result in unconsiousness. Did you have edema in your fingers or were they very cold? Sometimes those little Sat machines don't work as well as they should. If you are going to a physician please ask them about a 24 hour pulse-oximeter test. This will measure your heart rate and your oxygen saturation over a 24 hour period. What you have going on must be scary. Feeling weak all the time and then being unable to breath is terrible. Please follow-up quickly.
If you are blacking out... do not wait call and ambulance!!! The hospital is also more likely to admit you if you arrive per ambulance. Second, they will monitor you on the way in. The level of 78 is not conducive to life go now. Is there anyone there to support you? You mentioned you were alone, now is not the time to be alone. After you call the ambulance, call someone to meet you at the hospital to be your advocate. Many times when we are feeling poorly we do not inform the staff of what is actually happening. Someone who goes with you can advocate for you. Please seek help immediately.
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