Thanks! I don’t like my doctor and hesitate to ask questions as he is always very short with me so I only ask when it’s my last resort.
Unless your physician has instructed you otherwise, you probably should not exceed more than 2/LPM. Often shortness of breath is a symptom caused by the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the lungs, not low levels of oxygen in the blood. If you increase your oxygen too much it can actually shut down your respiratory drive in some instances. This is why slow, methodical pursed lip breathing is recommended: deep breaths in through your nose, hold, then exhale forcefully through pursed lips like you're blowing out a candle. Hope this is helpful.
Hi there, you may use what your concentrator goes up to, provided you do not also have COPD, to keep your oxygen level above 88% or whatever your doctor has identified is your goal. If you need to increase your oxygen to stay conscious or comfortable to do minimal activities, then call your doctor's office at the earliest opportunity possible, so they can assess for further issues. If you are increasing your oxygen to recover from 'over-doing it" then increase temporarily to get to your goal oxygen % and return to your prescribed amount. Although I am a PAH RN, I am not associated with your healthcare office and this is not nursing advice, just a ph-er to another ph-er. Your provider's office may prefer you call them, or the provider on call, prior to increasing your oxygen. Be sure to ask how they'd like you to approach this as soon as possible, or at your next visit if it is not emergent.
If you have NO symptoms and are dropping, OR if you do have other symptoms that may require care, that needs to be considered as well - best to call your on-call provider for further.
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