My oxygen levels is 97% why am I short of breath?

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    My oxygen levels is 97% why am I short of breath?

    I was suffering from shortness of breath.

    Walking up hill appeared to be hard work.

    Exercise became harder and harder.

    I thought it was just old age (60).

    Then I had a heart attack.

    (Sirens wailing

    PLEASE, get yourself checked out.

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    You will be near death before your blood oxygen goes below ninety. Our breathing is so efficient that the blood is 90–100% oxygenated even in severely suppressed wellbeing.

    Shortness of breath occurs not because there is insufficient oxygen in your blood, but because you aren’t breathing sufficiently to clear CO2 from your body. Excessive CO2 keeps the breathe reflex active, and your body “fetching breath” hard, until the CO2 is cleared.

    EDIT: COVID19 has shown a sinister symptom that illustrates how breathlessness and low oxygen are not directly connected. Victims of that syndrome have been known to suffer from “silent hypoxia” — a severe lack of oxygen, down into the 70s, WITHOUT feeling short of breath.

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    You may have good oxygen saturation, but if you are burning it very fast like running or cycling hard, you will have to breathe fast to be replacing the oxygen used.

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    Your oxygen level is not 97%. The display of pulse ox is always wrong, as it always overestimates the actual oxygen saturation by the level of carboxyhemoglobin it reads as if oxygen.

    It could be 87, 77, 67 or 57. You have no idea.

    Read the manual.

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    Hi… I was suffering from shortness of breath and burping… And i was very affair that time because I am an athlete and I don not have asthma or any kind of breathing issue since birth…

    So I decided to visit a lungs doc. And their i found out that the level of vitamin D3 and vitamin B12 was low in my body and that was the main reason for my shortness of breath…

    Doc. Gave me few meds… Which lasts for 2 months… AnAnd now I am perfectly OK…

    So remember one thing, that any kind of problem related to breathing is not serious everytime… So Please stay calm and concert a doc. Before taking any kind of depression….

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    You may have become deconditioned because your not doing as much physically as you were before so when you go to do normal things or exercise like before your body isn’t as used to it and has to work harder to get back to normal. Try light exercise and work your way up to harder exercise and you should be back to normal soon. However if this continues or it’s not from being inactive for a while then talk to your GP.

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    Other term for burping is belching,

    Eructation or Aerophagea.

    Common symptom for this is burping air from stomach up to the throat.

    The usual cause for this is bringing up air that was swallowed with the food and drink taken in. This is called eructation.

    When burping happens repeatedly, all day caused by unconscious, repeated swallowing of air, this is called aerophagea.

    We normally have 1 cup of air in our stomach all the time.

    Each day, we swallow air and make some in our stomach about 10 cups in 24 hours. 9 cups is too many, so we burp occasionally.

    Some remedies:

    – Do not gulp down air as you eat.

    – Chew with your mouth closed, do not talk while you’r eating, or just do less talk while eating.

    – Do not eat food that produce gas like beans, carbonated drinks and beer.

    – Do not drink in odd ways, out of cans, bottles, or through a straw.

    – Avoid foods with high air content like ice cream, omelets, and whipped cream.

    – Make 1 cup ginger tea – make sure it’s from ginger plant, it relieves burping. Take it before your meal.

    – Add 1 tsp cardamon to 8 ounce water, boil for 10 minutes, drink it hot. The herb reduce the muscle spasm in the stomach which cause the burping.

    Domperidone is antiemetic while Omeprazole is antacid.

    These 2 are
    commonly given to patients with GI problems.

    These two medications do not promote in relieving the air from stomach.

    I don’t think they are relevant to burping,
    so please check.

    No. At least some of the blood in the pulmonary veins was not oxygenated. It is not draining from alveoli, where gas exchange took place: it is draining from muscle, cartilage, mucus glands, lymphatic tissue. So even if the blood leaving the alveoli is 100% oxygenated (meaning that ventilation and perfusion are perfectly matched everywhere) there is a small mix-in of venous blood. Normal saturation is 95–98%. A saturation of 100% is not usually achieved.

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    This is a strange question, because you are having serious breathing difficulty and you haven’t seen a doctor? If you have, you will not ask this question here.

    You also say that it could be VCD. Do you mean VSD? How do you know?

    Your condition requires medical assessment. Without examination of your heart and lungs it is not possible to answer your question.

    Do you have a difficulty in seeing a doctor? It is strange to see questions like this on Quora because this is not a medical service.

    If you have any breathing difficulty, please see a doctor urgently.

    Be safe and well.

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    This doctor is not good enough for you. Unless you have been formally diagnosed with anxiety, and he is attributing your concern (not your symptoms, but you thinking you have symptoms at all) to it, he might want to do lung x-rays next, and doing a stress EKG on you for heart function. Now, I’m clearly not a doctor, yet this is what I have read would be appropriate before I ever read your question.

    If you happen to be female, welcome to the club that is underdiagnosed due to doctors minimizing female complaints and attributing them, especially heart-related symptoms, to “their condition,” (of being female and therefore, in this line of thought, emotionally unstable).

    Go back, or get another doctor. Once you bring it up, and you say you want certain tests (especially if you put down your concerns and your requests for tests in a nice handwritten note to the doctor, that you have made two copies of), it will put a little pep in your doctor’s step and you’ll get some better care.

    Sometimes, there’s not too big a lead time for heart and lung issues when you have fatigue and shortness of breath that you did not have before.

    I’m glad you asked this. Take action now. Good luck!

    There are a number of reasons why you can be short of breath with an oxygen saturation of 100%. The previous responder named one—anemia. If there aren’t enough red blood cells to carry the oxygen needed, your lungs will breathe faster trying (unsuccessfully) to get more oxygen to the tissues.

    Also, hyperventilating (shortness of breath) is much better at blowing off excess carbon dioxide then it is at increasing oxygen. This is why anyone who is performing strenuous exercises becomes short of breath. If you check the oxygen saturation of most people with healthy lungs while exercising, generally, their oxygen levels will be normal (93–100%). They are breathing faster to blow off carbon dioxide created by the exercising muscles. If you are really reconditioned, this can occur with very little activity.

    Hyperventilating can happen when you are having a heart issue, including heart failure and heart attack. Lungs in this case are still trying to get more oxygen to a struggling heart. Again, hyperventilating is not a great way to increase oxygenation. The faster you breathe, the less time during inhale you have to completely fill your lungs before exhaling. Thus, you tend to breathe shallower and use less of your lung tissue.

    There is also a situation with people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). People with this condition have a harder time exhaling as their airways collapse and trap air in the lungs. This also causes carbon dioxide to build up in the blood. This can cause hyperventilating.

    Anything putting pressure on your lungs that don’t allow them to expand fully (I.e. abdominal hernia, pregnancy) will cause shortness of breath because the lungs can’t expand fully.

    These are just the ones that come to mind. There are more. With any of these conditions, your oxygen saturation could be fine.

    You probably need a good medical check up from your doctor to determine why you are short of breath.

    The oxygen saturation is a measure of the amount of oxygen the blood is holding compared to the maximum amount it can hold. Have you tried walking then checking your saturation? It is a ratio, not an absolute measure of the amount of oxygen present. It is a quick and easy test, but does not give all the answers, especially at rest. It might drop with exercise and not very much exercise.

    Feeling short of breath can be caused by many things. I’ve said frequently on this forum there are more diseases than symptoms.

    You may not be able to move around enough oxygen, even though at rest your saturation is good – again check your saturation after and during exercise.

    You may feel short of breath if your longs are stiff, from scarring, infection, increased blood pressure in the lungs, fluid in the lungs. You may have lost functional gas exchange area emphysema or other form of COPD. It could be a perception from perhaps irritation of the stretch receptors in the lungs.

    You may feel short of breath in heart failure, when you can’t increase oxygen delivery on demand, or other heart problems.

    You may feel short of breath from anemia. Even if you only have six grams per 100 ml of blood at rest your saturation may be normal, but you have less than half the hemoglobin needed to carry blood.

    Discuss this with your doctor, who may be able to explain it to you in your particular situation.

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