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Old 09-13-2006, 05:37 PM   #1
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Low blood oxygen reading...

I was in the hospital today for some scans to follow up on other things, they did a blood work which showed how much oxygen I had in the blood, it came back relatively low...however the nurse had a hard time with my artery and had to pull twice...They also then hooked me up to the electronic measurer they put on your finger and it showed a good perfect reading...

They say that is your oxygen is low, it has something to do with your lungs...they did a CT Scan(Angiogram style) and found nothing in my lungs and let me go home...as well as my brain...

Is it possible the nurse might not have hit the right artery or something of that nature, why would be so far off...The doctor said a CT Scan with contrast would have shown something in the lungs and chest area if there was a problem...

 
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:50 PM   #2
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Re: Low blood oxygen reading...

Was the blood drawn from your wrist? The test you had drawn was probably an ABG (Arterial Blood Gas). It tells your physican your blood PH, your CO2 (a gas exchanged in the blood through respiration) your PO2 (the oxygen content of your blood) and your HCO3 (Bicarb).
If your PO2 is low, it depends on lots of things. One is your age, any health conditons ( if you have been dx with COPD, CHF..ect.) in which you might have, and sometimes just plain ol error. Your PH is usually an indicator of how acute or chronic the condition may be. If it's really low and you didn't "fit" the way a typical person looks with this X blood gas, chances are they could have gotten a venous stick. You have two types of blood, BTW.
Also, that "thingy" they put on your finger is pulse oximeter and it's basically a non-invasive tool that is used initally to determine the oxygen content of your blood. It isn't a perfect tool and will sometimes produce an incorrect measurement. There are times when it shouldn't be used at all, but that's a different subject.
Hope that helps.

 
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Old 09-13-2006, 06:18 PM   #3
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Re: Low blood oxygen reading...

Have not been diagnosed with COPD, never really had an issue with breathing or shortness of breathe, wouldn; they see that on the CT Scan if there was something wrong with my lungs...

 
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Re: Low blood oxygen reading...

Why were you having a CT done? Thanks.

 
Old 09-13-2006, 07:34 PM   #5
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Re: Low blood oxygen reading...

I was having the CT done as a follow up because of some pains around the rib cage...also 3 months ago I had a scan that showed benign nodules in my lungs, I believe they were 2-3mm's..I have a great doctor that likes to follow up...There was no plueral effision or liquid found the lungs...also this time they said the nodules were gone...I should add I had the first scan done 2 weeks after I quit smoking...

I should add that I frequntly walk and jog at a nearby park, usually a combination of 4 miles without any problems...I also just got off the treadmill...doing 20 minutes or walking and jogging without any shortness of breathe other than ofcourse when running at 6 miles an hour for 4 minutes...

I am assuming there could have been an error in the test, I should also add when the nurse first did it she waited to long to get it to the lab...she came back again and had a hard time getting to the artery...

I just would have figured that a CT scan would have shown something in regards to problems with the lungs...even the doctor was baffled by the results, thats why they put me on the electric monitor for an hour to make sure, and the reading was 96-98 the entire time...vs I think 90-91 they saw when the lab did the test...

 
Old 09-13-2006, 07:36 PM   #6
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Re: Low blood oxygen reading...

I should add they did take it from my wrist...I believe the PH and everything else was fine, just the oxygen...what is a venus stick??

 
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Re: Low blood oxygen reading...

I hould add that my red blood count was fine, not even close to being elevated which would mean the body producing more oxygen cells, I am a 27 year old male I should add that as well...

 
Old 09-14-2006, 02:13 PM   #8
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Re: Low blood oxygen reading...

Well met with my Pulmologist today, I am only 27 and he said the ER doctor did not really know what he was talking about and did more scaring than anything...my PH and all other Gas levels were OK...My oxygen level was at 90 which although may be a little low is not much to worry about...there could be error in obtaining blood, anxiety, etc that can relate to that...or he said it could be from the mild case of bronchitis that I am battling after quitting smoking...just to make sure they did a breathing test on me today in the office and everything seems OK...I am better than 112% of the people out there according to the report...sometimes I wonder about ER Doctors...obviously they are not specialist but this guy really scared the crap out of me...

 
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Good. I am glad your PFT test came back great. Congrats on quitting smoking! Your lungs will thank you later in life for it.

 
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