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My poor feet and ankles have been swollen for the past four weeks now. Having researched this in various books it seems it is a sign that the heart is struggling to cope (cor pulmonale) and that the usual solution is water tablets and possibly oxygen. I do have a fingertip pulse oxymeter and while im usually 90 to 92% when resting, my levels drop with slight exertion to 82% eg. when making a cup of tea and as low as 65 to 72% when breathless from walking or going upstairs. I have made an appointment to see my doc, but would like to know from fellow 'copders' who have had edema problems, does it invariably mean its time for oxygen? I am not opposed to the idea per se, and would be happy to have it were my organs suffering from lack of Oxy, however i know my 15 yr old daughter would take it badly. Also i am surprised to be having this problem already as im pretty stable at fev1 40%, although i do think im a 'blue bloater' type. Any thoughts on this from you folks? Love and easy breathing to you all, vanessa xx :blue:
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