Fatigue? Check O2 level

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Adl123, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Hello All,

    Well, wouldn't you know it? I learned something else today.

    I had been forgetting to do things that I had done in the past, habitually, and I was having a hard time taking a deep breath, so I asked my Dr. if I could be Oxygen deprived. She thought that I should have my O2 levels checked, and so I did.

    During the night they went down to the low 70's and I spent most of the night in the low 80's. So, as well as being sleep deprived (about 3 hours), I'm oxygen deprived.

    Today the Oxygen was brought to me, and I am to sleep inhaling it. At first I felt a bit upset, because now I feel like a sick person. But then I was really grateful for the idea that some of my problems might be caused by Oxygen deprivation. My Guardian Angel was working overtime on that one!

    So .. . . if you are really weak and fatigued, and wake up feeling lousy,(which of us doesn't?), then please go have your Oxygen levels tested. Maybe some more of the stuff will help.

    I'll let you know what effect the treatment has on me. Wouldn't it be great to have more of a life? I would love to be able to paint again!

    Hugs to all,
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  2. hensue

    hensue New Member

    How did you find out your oxygen levels were low during the night? Makes sense to me.
  3. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Well, I noticed that I was forgetting to do things that I've done for years, by habit, like taking my morning meds. and testing my blood sugar levels. I also began forgetting entire episodes of things that had happened during the day.

    I was more tired than usual, and felt really sick to my stomach when I awoke. I was also grumpier and had a shorter temper than I usually do.

    I had reached the point where I almost never moved, at all. I also noticed that I was getting worse lately, at a more rapid rate than usual, and mhy brain fog had worsened, after beeing much better, due to acupuncture treatments. And I have been gaining weight recently, even though I am eating very little.

    I just was "different", and I felt that I had lost some of my personality. I'll let you know if I get it back. LOL

    I asked my Dr. if I could have my O2 levels tested, and I was given equipment to use at home.

    I hope that helps.

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  4. Gosia

    Gosia New Member

    Hello Terry.

    How did you learned about low level of O2. Is there a test or something? I think I have the same problem.

  5. Empower

    Empower New Member

    I have been suspecting that this might be my problem

    What kind of testing equipment do they give you?????
  6. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    GOSIA, I found out about low O2 levels from my mom, who had a heart problem. She was also a nurse. Also, one of my doctors gave me informaton. A person with CFIDS, should never be in an oxygen-reduced environment, like a Casino, if they have had it for along time, and it has already affected their heart.Neither should they go to high altitudes.

    BLUESKY - Yes, they give you a test, but it is very easy. Mine was even brought to my house. It was just a little device that I wore on my index finger, overnight, as I slept. In the morning I took it off and the provider picked it up. That was yesterday.

    Today the providing company phoned me and told me my results, and then delivered the oxygen to my home, set it up and told me how to use it.They will service it , and they even left extra, in case the electricity goes off.

    O2 - The equipment they left with me afer I was diagnosed, is a large box type thing that contains the Oxygen. They left both a nose tube and a mask. And, as I said above, they even left extra. It is all set up in a convenient place, ready to use. I don't have to move anything, I just turn it on and breathe. Actually, service was so prompt, courteous and efficient, I felt quite pampered.

    I'll let you know how it turns out.


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  7. JenniferAnn539

    JenniferAnn539 New Member


    This is interesting.

    Good luck with the oxygen.

    Please post and let us know if you get any improvement from sleeping with the oxygen.

  8. Gosia

    Gosia New Member


    Thank you very much for the info.
    I will print it out and take it to my doctor.

  9. Gosia

    Gosia New Member


    Hi, it's me again. I'm sorry to bother you, but can you tell me which doctor order the test for you and what company give you the test. Thank you again.

  10. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    This is fascinating, Terry, and I'm so glad you listened to your instincts. Please keep us posted.

  11. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    The Dr. who ordered the test was my regular family physician. I dont go to any specialists, except the acupuncturist. They have proven to be sadly lackng in training and open-mindedness, in this part of the world. (small mining town).

    The company that handles the oxygen for my doctor, in my part of California, is "Lincare". They seem to have their act together.

    Carla, thanks for the information. I always wake up at that time because I'm a diabetic and need to use the bathroom. However, I'll keep alert.

    To all, last night was my first night. I had a little trouble adjusting to the dryness in my nose,but all in all, I slept a total of 7 hours. I awoke with less pain and my stomach is better. I didn't have to sit for 4 hurs before I could function. I usually get up at 4:00 or 5:00. Today I got up at 6:00. Let's see what happens.

    Bless you all,
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  12. Noahvale

    Noahvale New Member


    I am happy that this is working out for you and I pray that it stays working for you. My questions is this...Have you been tested for sleep apnea? I know that people who have sleep apnea have to use some kind of machine at night in case they stop breathing so I wondered if perhaps you being oxygen deprived is part of sleep apnea or how does that work? Do you know ..perhaps someone else can enlighten me...I wondered if this could be a problem I have, I am just apprehensive to ask the doctor about it since I have so many other things going on with my body.

    I am sorry if this sounds a little of the wall but the sleep apnea thing came to mind when I read your note.

    God Bless and my prayers are with you!

  13. mrdad

    mrdad New Member

    I haven't "talked" to you in a little while. Glad that you
    found something that is helping with your condition. I've
    wondered for a long time if Oxygen could be a help with
    at least the problem of fatigue. Please keep us posted
    over a period of time and let us know what if any increase
    in benefits you notice.

    Say hello to all my friends in Butte Co. I'm going to get
    up to Chico to see friends as soon as it cools down a bit!
    My long-time friend Leroy lives in Paradise and drives
    the Van transporting the handicapped on the weekends.
    You probably know him and many others I know.

    Glad you are doing better!
    Thanks so much for the Sharing,
  14. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    KATHY: I have been tested and I don't have sleep apnea.Thanks for the "heads up".

    GGL: Thanks for the note about the hmidifier I'll ask my first Dr. visit.

    Thanks, all.