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I have COPD (30% lung capacity) and have been reading/posting on this site for some time now. Each day is a new challenge. What used to be simple, is now a seriously planned military operation. Shopping, bathing, household chores, etc. get broken down into small movements. Sound familiar?
Even short 3 to 5 step activities have me leaning on a counter or wall as I catch my breath. My Dr. tells me that my O2 level is too high for him to recommend Oxygen therapy. My question is if my O2 level is in the 90s (with activity), then why am I still out of breath?
I'm sure that it's not an airway restriction issue or a mucus issue, as I have a handle on those symptoms. I just can't grasp how O2 would not add to my quality of life. I know that exhaling CO2 is a priority and I do the in 2 and out 3 to 4 breathing method. It does help relieve the breathlessness quicker, but I can't help but feel that O2 would help me when I am active.
I just can't resolve what I'm told, with how I feel. I've yet to hear/read an explanation for COPD's shortness of breath that satisfies me. Treatments do deal with airway restriction and mucus issues, but they do not treat shortness of breath.
I understand that O2 therapy enters a patient into new medical issue areas, but used carefully would it not serve to do more good for more desperate people. I welcome a discussion on this issue and hopefully I'll finally get a better explanation that makes sense for me.
All my best
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