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I'm an oxygen dependent patient. I have o2 stats of 83 but all my tests are always normal. What can cause this?
Good morning . . .: I would presume that since you are on Oxygen, at such a young age, you must be seeing a specialist already. This sounds to me, to be a more complicated issue than what we can answer through this type of venue. Also, if you are checking your O2 sats at home, please be certain that it is working properly--maybe use it on family or friends who are not oxygen dependent. ...Read more
Sort of: There are some patients with severe emphysema that have a drive to breathe based on oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. In these patients, giving too much oxygen can cause the person to stop breathing. But, the lung will hold as much oxygen as it can physically hold. You can't really give it "too much.". ...Read more
Not usually: In the late stages of emphysema or copd, patients do not respond normally to stimuli that make normal patients breathe. They only keep breathing in response to low oxygen in their bloodstreams. If they are given too much oxygen, their systems think that they don't need to breathe and they can actually breathe less or stop breathing. This is a rare problem. Oxygen helps most emphysema patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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