Low oxygen levels in blood - difficult to get enough air
I am currently on oxygen 24/7 due to low oxygen levels in blood. My oxygen percentage test is 75% to 85% breathing room air and test 93 to 98% when on O,2 @2-LPM. I have poor balance and tire walking room to room. The VA has conducted CAT=Scans, Pet-Scan, MRI's, breathing test, stress tests, ultrasound tests and blood test and labs of all types. Please note I was born with only one kidney, Also, I am a alcoholic (5:00pm to 10:00pm about 3-5 drinks each night). Is there any chance that there could be a connection to the gastronomical area as my weight is carried in the lower chest and stomach area. Doctor has suggested that my diaphram may be affected by the extra weight. I am 6'3" and weigh 268. I have a hiatal hernia and constantly belch. I am about 60 lbs. overweight.
Being heavily over weight certainly doesn't help, especially if it's a lot of abdominal fat. The fat weighs down on your chest and creates extra work for the lungs/diaphragm to do the job. Imagine carrying around a 60 pound child the whole day, personally I would find that exhausting. For instance asthma is over diagnosed in the obese because of the strain the excess weight puts on the lungs.
However your drinking habits certainly put a large strain on a body that is already compromised with having only one kidney. I would suggest a lifestyle change would certainly be beneficial. As for your low oxygen levels, and your good tests results, I don't can't gaurentee you that weight loss will completely cure the problem. Although I'm sure it will improve the situation.
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