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Copd Co2 Retainer
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
I am a co2 retainer, I do not have copd, never smoked. I have scolaris and co2 retaainer just happened, what can I do for it?Eileen osinski
Carbon dioxide...: In copd, if you are unable to effectively breathe, your carbon dioxide level would be high. If your oxygen level is low, one compensation is to increase your ventilation, if possible, resulting in low carbon dioxide levels but higher oxygen levels. This usually is what happens earlier in the disease process. ...Read more
Low CO2...: COPD is a chronic lung disease. If your carbon dioxide level is low, it means you are breathing deeper and/or faster and you are "blowing off" your carbon dioxide. It is often a sign that you are working harder to breathe. If your oxygen level is normal, it means you are able to get in enough oxygen. If your oxygen level is low, supplemental oxygen is prescribed. ...Read more
My mom has COPD and a co2 level of 43, up from 38 three months ago. She will not wear her bipap. What can I expect to happen?
Everything tastes salty.have been diagnosed with COPD within the last 4 months. CO2 rises if don't sleep with bipap . Losing weight because salty tast?
Salty taste causes: First you must differentiate salty and metallic taste. If more metallic, then mouth bleeding or medication side effects should be considered. Most salty taste due to dehydration so try hydrating if so. Otherwise, consider postnasal drip, and some rarer causes like smoking, sjogrens disease, MS, and even mild stroke. You are best off consulting with your regular doctor but I hope you feel better;) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib. She has an O2machine at home. Is 5% too high?
Does not compute.: Your mother's situation is complex & I can't make sense of your question since the O2 saturation measures oxyhemoglobin & CO2 measures carbon dioxide pressure. (They can be unrelated). 5% O2 saturation is TOO LOW - not compatible with life - for arterial blood. Do you mean 5 LPM on the O2 tank? Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to get correct answers, because there's no way to answer using 400 character ...Read more
Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Carbon dioxide...: Carbon dioxide levels can elevate in COPD patients due to the inability to ventilate properly. This increased carbon dioxide level can lead to symptoms that are similar to acutely taking narcotics which has lead to the expression carbon dioxide narcosis. Symptoms include lethargy, confusion, disorientation, decreased sensations, etc. ...Read more
Stop smoking...: COPD needs to be treated by a physician as there are meds available like bronchodilators and steroid inhalers to control symptoms. If the oxygen level is low, oxygen therapy may be needed. The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Labored breathing: Many patients with COPD will have some difficulty breathing, particularly during exertion- this is part of the disease and to be expected. If breathing becomes labored, especially at rest, the patient should be evaluated quickly by a doctor as they may not be able to maintain the level of effort required to continue breathing at this level for long. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We don't know why: It is true that COPD is more common in women than men who smoked, but it is not clear why. We don't know if it is the kind of cigarettes smoked, the amount smoked, if it is genetic/related to hormones.... It is under investigation, but (as we don't know why COPD happens) we are a ways from an answer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers