Good Saturated Oxygen Levels Yet With Labored Breathing
Hi Fellow IPF travelers —
Got a question for you. I’ve had IPF now for about nearly 12 years. I’m on oxygen 24/7 — at 2 lpm at night and from 3.5 to 5 lpm during the day. During moderate exercise I can usually experience a saturated oxygen level of 95-99% yet my breathing will be rapid and labored (like 50 or so breaths per minute). This does not make sense to me and I’ve not had a good explanation from my pulmonologist. Have any of you experienced this? I have found that sometimes I can “force” a slow-down by pausing a half second or so after each breath for several minutes. That often reduces the breath rate to 35-40 breaths per minute. Thanks in advance for any insight from anyone.
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