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What causes a quick drop in O2 levels?

My husband has chronic COPD for the past four years+ numerous trips to hospital, on O2 24-7 at home and many meds. Question is now he has dramatic instant drops in O2 levels with no explanation. Just sitting in his lounger, not doing anything and O2 drops from his average of 88-90 down to 70 and then panic attacks hit. He is not too mobile, difficult to walk as he begins gasping He does have congestive heart failure along with COPD and doctors have not been too helpful other then prescribing steroids and antibiotics Ideas?


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  • Janet Plank moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi KaryS
    How is your husband doing now? Is he in hospice? Too, how are you doing? This is definitely a family disease.

    Here’s a link for Hospice. Mary writes interesting articles and here is one of a few that she has on Hospice:

    https://copd.net/living/hospice-misconceptions/

    May you both know that we are here for you.
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi KaryS and it’s our pleasure. I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s current status. If there is anything we can do to be of assistance, please let us know. Wishing you both well. Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi KaryS and thanks for your post. While we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety), your concern for your husband certainly warrants a reply. Since you mention that he has COPD and congestive heart failure, there are any number of medical reasons that could contribute towards a precipitous drop in oxygen saturation. Even though you said the doctors have not been particularly helpful, you may next want to seek out other physician/specialists. My suggestion would be to look for a cardiologist and/or pulmonologist who is receptive to running the suitable diagnostic tests that would provide an answer to the oxygen issue you described. Please do check back and let us know how you (and he!) are doing. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • KaryS author
    3 months ago

    Thank you for responding. My husband has since been hospitalized, for 3 days. third time in 5 months and is now being referred by his pulmonologist team to home hospice.

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