If I’m on oxygen 24/7 and levels are above 90 but air in lungs isn’t moving. What do you do?

I have had COPD for quite a few years, been through pulmonary rehab. My question is if on oxygen 24/7 and levels are above 90 but air in lungs isn’t moving. What do you do?? Panic steps in oftentimes and try to stay calm and breathe easy but sometimes doesn’t help. Suggestions?? Who else has this problem?


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  • ebwhittaker
    2 years ago

    Sometimes when i find it difficult to breathe i breath few times through my mouth .. fhis seems to settle my breathing down some .. i

  • notnow49
    2 years ago

    I was taught in Respiratory Rehab, to exhale with your lips pursed as though you are gonna whistle, and exhale slowly. That restriction of exhaling helps get out the Co2 (carbon dioxide) from your lungs, so that there will be more room for the oxygen when you breathe in. This seemed uncomfortable to me for a little while, but then I noticed that I was gettin back to relaxed, semi-normal breathing much faster. So I try to practice that whenever my breathing starts gettin labored. The problem with Emphysema is that, you cant get the Co2 out to make room for the Oxygen, so this truly does help. Hope this helps you.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    We hear you. I’m hopeful other members will stop by and share their experiences with you. We always suggest that if your symptoms persist or are getting worse, you may want to check with your doctor – it’s possible your condition may have changed to the point that your medication regimen may need to be adjusted.

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