Heart rate question and follow-up
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|Sun, 04-10-2005 - 5:59am|
Hi Cecelia, I just wanted to let you know I saw a cardiologist. All he did was give me another EKG and said I was fine, so that's a good thing I guess. The SOB still comes and goes, but it's not as frequent as it was for the past two months. Should I have insisted on a stress test and echo or should I just write this off as a very unusual (and long) asthma exacerbation (that didn't respond to a 3 week long burst of prednisone)? I still experience SOB about once a week with no explanation as to what's causing it. And occasionally I still get completely exhausted when I'm out walking, just doing normal things like walking from the car to a store. I used to love to walk, but now I'm leary of being out all day because I worry about getting that constant fatigued feeling.
Another question: How do I effectively communicate with my dr? I used to be on Serevent for years, but had to stop due to heart side effects. Now, my asthma is worse and lung function has decreased. One doc wants to just keep giving me prednisone, which isn't working for some reason, and the other one isn't doing anything. I'm trying to at least get a nebulizer for albuterol to use QHS so I can sleep through the night. (I take albuterol inhaler which lasts about only 4 hours on some days and am also on inhaled steroids, Flonase, and Allegra). 02 sats range between 93 and 98 first thing in the morning. Anything under 95 and I'm really uncomfortable. The docs just keep listening to my lungs and saying their clear, so they brush me off. I don't have a lot of allergists and pulmonologists in my area and the two I see came highly recommended. Any ideas? Sorry so long, but better to have too much info than not enough.
Now this one is a crazy question: I have a pulse ox that I use to check my sats when I feel SOB. Most times the sats are 97 or above when I am experiencing SOB. I also use it to check sats and HR when I exercise on the treadmill. But I don't seem to notice a specific pattern to tell the doc about. Sats run from 96 to 99 when I walk at a fast pace and HR only goes up to about 122, so that's ok too. So here's the crazy question (finally:) When I use the pulse ox on my left index finger, I get a reading of 122, but on my right index finger, I get only 62-80 for HR, but 02 sats are consistent. That made me nervous to see it that low, so I stuck it on my right thumb and got a reading of 122. Why would I get such a low reading on the right index finger, yet my 02 sats are still the same as the right? And why would there be a difference between the thumb and index readings on the same hand? Thanks!