which concentrator?

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May be u can assist me:

I do not use any concentrator yet.

I am afraid soon I will need it

I wonder if u may recommend?

Tnx Nili

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    we cant recommend any medication as not everyone needs the same You have to take what dr in charge of your care thinks what is best for you and if its not suitable will look at something else In the UK you cant buy prescription drugs

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    I too felt that an O2 concentrator would greatly benefit me, but my Dr. explained to me that I did not. He told me that my problem was not O2, but exhaling Carbon Dioxide. Breathing out more than I was breathing in was what would help me the most. Example: Breath in 1 and 2, then breath out 1 and 2 and 3 to 4.

    It helps when I'm out of breath, and I'm always out of breath. I may still purchase an O2 concentrator anyway as I still feel that O2 therapy would benefit me. In any case I will be most careful with the use of it.

    The only manufacturer of O2 Concentrators that I know of at this time is made by Inogen. I'm still researching them myself.

    Please speak with you Dr./Nurse before you try this yourself.

    All the Best

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    typically your doctor will determine if you need supplementary oxygen. This is determined after pulmonary function test and a six minute walk test. Generally if you oxygen saturation level falls below 88% then you could require supplementary oxygen. Supplementary oxygen will not cure breathlessness although it may help. It purpose is to protect your vital organs from deterioration due to lack of oxygen.

    Hope this reply helps.

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      You are correct, but it does not take Quality of Life into consideration. I'd like to find out first hand that O2 does not help at all. A short trial period with the option of returning the O2 Concentrator equipment should confirm or not weather is helps. I'll be sure to report how it turns out.

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      There IS a problem with this. Once one goes on oxygen -- whether from a can or an O2 concentrator -- one must be weaned off, and that's not always possible. Your quality of life will be better the longer you stay off O2. Once you go on it, your life is consumed by it: where it's safe, whether the battery/can will run out, replacing tubing, and most importantly, needing higher and higher mixes. Not to mention the schlepping.

      FYI, Himself also had COPD. He was below 40% lung function for years before he was put on oxygen. That was a good thing as not being on O2 let him work several years longer than with it. And he HATED the prison of oxygen machinery, and i came to hate it, too, in terms of schlepping everything everywhere for him with my damaged back, shoulder, knee & hip. If your doc doesn't think you need it, you don't. Inogen is a for-profit corporation which also has some bridges to nowhere and reconstitutable igloos which it will gladly sell you, whether or not you need them.

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      If you went onto oxygen and the problem was air trapped in your lungs then you could cause further damage.

      As has been said oxygen does not help with breathlessness! it is only prescribed to support your other organs if your sats are too low.

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    There is considerable consensus among respiratory specialists that supplementary oxygen does more good than harm. There is a contrary lobby that seems to suggest that oxygen is a drug that is addictive and harmful, but this "flat earth" stance is largely discounted and ignored. Oxygen has been proven to extend life and improve quality of life, certainly compared to not taking it which placed significant stress on the heart which may lead to pulmonary hypertension.

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    I was put on oxygen the day that I was diagnosed with emphysema. On that day, my oxygen level had dropped to 72. Prior to that, I had thought for many years that I had asthma. I am currently on Spiriva and Symbicort and oxygen during the night. I have a constant feed concentrator, which my pulmonary doctor prescribed, that I rent for $22.00 a month..... and a "breath activated" concentrator which I own, that I take in our motorhome when we travel, or if we stay in a hotel, because it is much lighter. I FULLY trust my General Practitioner AND my Pulmonary Specialist. I have been on the above routine for 12 years now and I have GREAT quality of life, tremendous energy, do gardening, all of my household chores, etc. The only time I become breathless is when I go above 11,000 feet into the mountains. I TRULY believe that the oxygen has saved my life and keeps me going. I have only had ONE flare-up in 12 years. I don't understand why people make the statement (which many do) "oh! I dread the day I have to go on oxygen". By the way....I am 77 and plan to live to be 95!!! 😃

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