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Respiratory acidosis

By Anonymous October 6, 2013 - 11:19am
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I have COPD and have been on oxygen for several years.
No qualified medical person has ever told me where to set the flow on my compressor so I've been setting it where it feels the best and that's been 4-5 liters.
Just visited with my new pulmonary doctor who showed me, all I really need is a setting that keeps my oximeter readings at above 90 .. which is 2.5 - 3.
When I set it there, I feel like my entire body is on fire and my chronic pain levels I've had for years, are going thru the roof.

I've been on opiate therapy for years and my breakthrough meds don't even calm this down unless I double my dose, which means I'm in danger of running out of my monthly supply early and suffering the dreaded withdrawal.
I'm bed ridden and can't take this ANY longer, but I'm terrified of going to my pain mgmt. doctor who might think I'm just another "dope addict" looking for a better buzz, which is NOT the case.
Begging for some answers but a couple of nurses have told me there's no correlation between lowered oxygen levels and chronic pain.
I had to discover the subject on my own surfing the mayo, etc and am not even sure I have that malady.

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for coming to us in search of support.  Sorry you feel this way in letting your doctor know how you feel while on your meds.  But, you should not feel bad or embarassed of asking your doctor to change your medication or increasing them.   If you think that would make your symptoms better.Depending on your medical history, he can advise what would be best.  You need to let your Pulmonologist know how you feel after he set the compressor at the new level.  Having an open communication with your physician, is the key in finding the right treatment for you.     

I hope this information was helpful?



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