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Short of breath while on oxygen

I am in stage 3, on 6 lp at rest. Just getting up to go to the kitchen I need it increased to 7.5- 8. While walking in a store for instance I need it set on 8 even then I get very short of breath in a short time and have to stop for a few minutes. Dr nor PA knows why it comes on so quickly. Any and all comments welcome.

  1. My Mother had COPD/emphysema and had problems swallowing. She would aspirate with the slightest sip or bite. Found out it was her epiglottis. Unfortunately she had to go on a feeding tube. She did gain weight and her breathing was better due to clear airway and esophagus. She was on level 4 oxygen.

    1. , thank you for sharing you and your mother's experience with this! All the best, Sam S. (COPD.net, Team Member).

  2. Thank you. I'm looking for my answer on why I won't swallow and it scares me. I quickly sip water and use a cough drop. It helps some.


    1. Hi again, Sandy, and thanks for this post.
      As my colleague, , has advised, this concern of yours (difficulty swallowing), has been posted elsewhere on our COPD.net platform. Both Samantha and I have been able to respond to you there. I do hope you have an opportunity to review the conversation.
      For ease of reference, here is a link to that conversational exchange: https://copd.net/forums/swallowing-1.
      Please do let us hear back from you when you are able to and have the time.
      We have a concern for your good health.
      Warmly,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)


    2. It happens to me too. I sit very still and I have to tell my brain to swallow.
      Within seconds, I begin swallowing and no further problem till the next time.
      It’s scary but I know I can swallow.

  3. I was just wondering how you've been doing since we last heard from you! Please let us know.
    Best,
    Lyn (COPD.net site moderator)

    1. Usually a month. The ENT Dr at the VA retired several months ago and has not been replaced. As a result all of these needs are now falling on the outside group of whom the VA has contracted with through the government..YEP!...Regardless I shall wait.


    2. Hey Tom - sorry you are dealing with this governmental delay now. Many years ago, my own Dad used to tell me that expression (from the army - he served in WWll, 'hurry up and wait!' I get it, too!
      Hang in there - we are here should you need anything from the community, as you know!
      Warmly,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)


    1. Hi Flower Mound, and thanks for sharing the link to the forum post about 'making decisions'.
      Did you want to say anything special about this topic and, possible share your thoughts with the community?
      We would value your feedback.
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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