Shortness of breath and oxygen saturation

Doglady

Distinguished member
Joined
Aug 6, 2018
Messages
214
Reason
PALS
Diagnosis
04/2018
Country
US
State
MN
City
Minneapolis
Should there be a correlation between oxygen saturation and shortness of breath? I’ve got good oxygen saturation but am always short of breath. The oxygen saturation level measures 96 in the morning after a night using bipap and 93-96 during the day rolling around in my PWC and not doing very much. I’ve been watching this to see if I should start using the bipap a little during the day. I may do that anyway but confused about these two being so different. Thanks !
 

lgelb

Forum Supporter
Moderator
Joined
Nov 5, 2009
Messages
8,242
Reason
Lost a loved one
Diagnosis
00/0000
Country
US
State
WA
City
Seattle
There can be a correlation, but not necessarily. Being short of breath is a more important sign than sats, which can jump around for many reasons and take more punishment to really go off the rails. If you are struggling, I would try the BiPAP during the day.

Best,
Laurie
 

KarenNWendyn

Forum Supporter
Moderator
Joined
Jul 29, 2017
Messages
3,528
Reason
PALS
Diagnosis
07/2017
Country
US
State
OR
City
Southern Oregon
You could be short of breath if you are retaining CO2 because elevated CO2 stimulates your drive to breathe. I suggest trying the BiPAP during part of the day as well as at night. I was resisting doing that, but I have found it very helpful. It has a calming effect for me and I can tell I’m not working as hard to breathe when I am using it. You may also need your settings adjusted. Laurie can probably help you with that.
 
Last edited:

affected

Guru status reached
Joined
Apr 26, 2013
Messages
12,356
Reason
Lost a loved one
Diagnosis
05/2013
Country
OZ
State
AU
City
lala land
If you try the bipap more during the day and it helps, then the answer is you need it more. If it doesn't, I'd really recommend discussing your settings with lgelb as it could make all the difference. Horrible feeling to be short of breath - don't feel you just have to put up with it.
 

Jimi

Distinguished member
Joined
Sep 24, 2019
Messages
105
Reason
PALS
Diagnosis
02/2015
Country
US
State
CA
City
Torrance
I use NIV 24/7. Karen is right on. I'm not an expert, but I believe you can get a good O2 sat reading but it doesn't register the co2 built up.
 

Doglady

Distinguished member
Joined
Aug 6, 2018
Messages
214
Reason
PALS
Diagnosis
04/2018
Country
US
State
MN
City
Minneapolis
Ok, I’ll definitely give the bipap some time during the day then. I’ve been resisting it too but worth a try. Thank you for the suggestion. I’m still using the bipap settings that the respiratory technician set up the day she delivered it 16 months ago. They seem ok but I guess I wouldn’t really know. Thank you!
 
Top