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Hello all,

Over Christmas I have been getting more and more out of breath, so rang the doctor and he left prescription for antibiotics plus steroids. The problem I have is my oxygen levels show average 98 but I’m so out of breath – but I’m told I’m okay. What should I be asking my doctor? I really do need to get it sorted but I don’t want to keep bothering them.

Any advice please,

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  • mopar
    2 years ago

    Same here, very short of breath, ventolin, does nothing, steroids help a bit, gasping when I do anything.
    Even walking from room to room.

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi mopar –

    I’m so sorry you’ve been so short of breath. Do you have any ideas what the cause might be? Do you think it might be a virus that’s taken hold? As you know, inflammation in the airways caused by a virus or another infection can certainly lead to shortness of breath.

    You didn’t mention whether or not you’re on oxygen. If not, next time you see your doctor be sure and mention how short of breath you’ve been. There are tests that they can do to determine if oxygen would be helpful to you.

    Warm Regards,
    Lyn (moderator)

  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi wally2

    Did your doctor tell you that you should be okay today? If you still aren’t feeling well, do make an appointment to see your doctor, since you didn’t see him when you received your medication.
    Numerous things can cause you to be short of breath and your doctor is the only one who can diagnose you.
    Leon gave you a very good article on questions to ask your doctor which should be helpful.
    Please let us know how your appointment goes and how you are feeling.
    Janet (site moderator)

  • wally2 author
    2 years ago

    thanks for reply leon, yes I have bullies empherseyma, had lung reduction and most of time ok but this is 3rd chest infection in 3 months

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi wally2 – three infections in three months is difficult to deal with, that’s for sure. I’m sorry you’re going through all this.
    We are here to assist you in any way that we can.
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi wally2 and thanks for sharing your concerns. Althouhg you don’t mention it, is it fair to think that you’ve been diagnosed with COPD?
    As you may be aware, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, sometimes referred to as ‘dyspnea’ are characteristic symptoms of COPD (emphysema and/or bronchitis. You can experience these symptoms even when your oxygen saturation level is good, as you said yours is.
    Since your physician prescribed the medication (antibiotics and steroids) without seeing you, it would be prudent, now that the holidays are behind us. for you to visit with him. In view of your concerns about asking questions, I thought this article might provide you with some ideas that you can then use if they apply to your situation:
    Please do check back and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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