• Oxygen for COPD & Stage 4 Lung Cancer

    Asked by AnnyKay on Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Oxygen for COPD & Stage 4 Lung Cancer

    With the high humidity we have had this summer my breathing has been really rough at times. My stats do not yet qualify me for medicare paid oxygen so I have purchased a small oxygen tank for emergency use myself as it was pretty inexpensive. My question is for you on oxygen, how much did it improve your life? On cooler days and the use of my nebulizer I can mostly function pretty normally still but I have had several attacks and now I think sometimes it is just anxiety. I have had times (I have an oximeter at home) when stats show normal but I still feel like I can't breathe. Anyone else experience this and did oxygen help you.? Very happy to have found this site.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Hi Annykay! We are glad you found us too!

      My opinion is that the humidity and stress are probably causing the attacks. I know that there have been days recently where I just feel like I can't get a good deep breath and have used my atomizer. Our humidity has been horrible.

      My CT scans show that I have advanced COPD, but functionally, I have normal breathing (how lucky is that?). I rarely even use the atomizer ... I am so afraid of being dependent on anything.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      It is very difficult to qualify for oxygen. My mother had to walk to show that she couldn't breath, but she couldn't walk far enough to bring down her oxygen levels. Eventually, it got so bad that she had no trouble qualifying for it. But, anxiety will definitely cause difficulty breathing, especially if you have a cold, too. Try asking for something for anxiety. I had a panic attack 1.5 years ago right before I had to go for thyroid scans/treatment. I absolutely felt like I needed to go to the Er. I also had a cold at the time, and I was choking on eating my dinner.

      almost 5 years ago

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