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Do my pulse oximeter readings have anything to do with urinary incontinence?

Why does my pulse oximeter have readings in the 90s when I’m gasping for air after any type of exertion to the point that it sometimes causes urinary incontinence?


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  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi again, bobmmm54, and thanks for joining in the conversation here with BobU. I’m hopeful he will see your comment and respond personally.
    Wishing you well,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • BobU author
    5 months ago

    I have been following the responses I’ve received about what I call “anoxic incontinence” and I know what causes the incontinence. It is similar to what happens when you die and your nervous system shuts down and all the sphincters in the body open, including the one keeping the urine in your bladder. It’s you body shutting down unnecessary functions to try toconserve oxygen for the necessary functions to continue operating.

    Somehow everybody thinks I am asking about the incontinence when my only question is about what causes me to gasp for air when my SATs are in the mid-90s.

    I also have Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis which could also be affecting my pulmonary function because of spasticity affecting my diaphragm.

    Thank you all for the responses I”ve received so far

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi BobU and thanks for this recent post and your explanation. Please know you are always welcome here! Leon (site moderator)

  • Quin
    5 months ago

    Hi BobU. I’ve asked the same question, best I can come up with is the breathlessness is due to panic attacks. My stats say I do not need O2 but I am often breathless after mild exertion, I get in a panic attack loop where the panic makes my breathing worse which ^panic..I will feel the urge to urinate to create more room to expand my lungs..

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi again, Quin, and thanks for sharing your experiences here in response to BobU’s post. As you will note, at this point, he has not responded to our comments to him.
    I’m optimistic he will read the comments, and perhaps have something to say.
    Regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi BobU and thanks for explaining this further. While we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety), your concern certainly warrants a reply. If you are gasping for air, even though you have acceptable oxygen saturation readings (in the 90’s), this may be due to the type of COPD that you have. If you are short-winded following exertion (as you mentioned), that, too, may be due to the lack of pulmonary reserve you have from COPD. You may want to discuss that aspect further with your physician.

    As well, being short of breath upon exertion may result in urinary incontinence, and not necessarily all the time – we have heard this from our community members. This article may provide you with some additional insight: https://copd.net/living/an-embarrassing-situation/.

    I do hope this brief reply provided you with some additional answers for your concerns. For more specifics and how this all applies to your condition, you may want to discuss it all with your physician. Please keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • BobU author
    5 months ago

    That was NOT my question. What I asked was why I can be gasping for air when my oximeter is reading in the mid 90s and which SOMETIMES causes incontinence?

  • bob54
    2 months ago

    Have exactly the same issues.The way it was explained to me is the pulse oxygen has NOTHING to do with the ease of breathing my pulse ox has never been below 85.
    When you breath in, especially with copd you are not Expelling the co2 in your lungs fully and that causes the issue.Pursed lipped breathing is the only help i have found other than that little blue pill under the tonge for anxiety because that can also be an issue ,at least it is with me3 ..Hope this helps.Take care

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