CrohnieToo wrote:Anything below 88% oxygen saturation is dangerous and debilitating to your entire body.
The length of time one is desaturated below 88% is vital as well. Obviously a few seconds here and there is not so worrisome as minutes often.
Why on earth would you object to an overnight oximetry? It is such an easy thing and no real bother at all!
Your pulmo is EXACTLY right in ordering a sleep study! Do be sure to comply and go thru w/it. Meanwhile, you might want to ask your pulmo for a copy of that overnight oximetry report to see for yourself how often and how long your 02 saturation was less than 88%. And actually, anything below 90% is worrisome. Again, depending on for how long and how often. The report will most likely even tell you what % of your sleep time was spent w/02 saturation below 88%.
merywidow wrote:Thanks for the info. I am going to get the sleep study. What worries me is that my resting sats are 88% I was noticing that as I watched Oprah before I fell asleep that night. I have asthma so maybe it's ok to be lower. I also live in high altitude 7000 feet so maybe that makes a difference. What do you think? I just have a hard time believing I have any problem. I usually go to sleep in about 15 minutes and sleep soundly for 6 or 7 hours and feel fine the next day. No syptoms. Maybe the oxometry machine malfunctioned. Maybe I am in denial. LOL
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