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What are the benefits of breathing more oxygen?
scholar - 3-2-2018 at 21:27

My wife now has the use of two oxygen concentraters. One is battery-powered, the other is house-outlet. She doesn't use the house-outlet one, but she was charged more than $300 per month for the non-working one she had in 2017, and the medical equipment place said they could not take it back without a doctor's order to do so. That seems wrong to me. However, they did exchange it for a working one that Ruby doesn't use.

Since we have it anyway, I'm wondering if I would benefit from added oxygen. I am in good health, but I am sore and tired much of the time from doing so much work. I do not sleep well through the night. I have wondered if some supplemental oxygen while I am reading or watching TV would give me more pep, or otherwise do me good? I have been told that too little oxygen harms a person in various ways, including straining their heart and making them more likely to get sick. But, does extra have some benefits?

To be clear: I am talking about a supplemental oxygen feed, not a barometric oxygen chamber. I have read that increased oxygen under pressure has special benefits, including helping tissue to heal e.g. in burn situations--but that is another topic, not my circumstance.

marymary100 - 3-2-2018 at 22:22

afaik here are no doctors on here and my son-in-law who is one is in Japan so google will be faster.

JackInCT - 3-2-2018 at 22:35

Your question is one that no one on this board seems to have any expertise in whatsoever; I wonder why you would ask such a question here.

And your question seems to imply as to whether it could, inadvertently, do more harm than good.

And it is possible that it's a question that with a typical general practitioner could really have zero expertise in, especially from the perspective of drawing upon some empirical database of pro's & con's. General practitioners are just that-generalists. Their pre-licensing formal educational experience is a starting point for their knowledge base-it is incomplete.

I would think that a consultation with a pulmonary specialist would be a starting point, i. e., to rule in/out medical problems, but that's really the province of a general practitioner/internal medicine annual physical level workup (which should include an EKG for everyone over about age 45).

By the way, I sure hope that everyone in the household, to include visitors, is well versed in the various fire hazards that the use of supplemental oxygen tanks creates. In some locales there are decals that are used for entrance ways to alert first responders, especially fire depts, that oxygen tanks are on the premises.

LSemmens - 4-2-2018 at 23:32

I have a friend who is on Oxygen and my wife has respiratory issues. We questioned the efficacy of supplemental O2 for her and her GP did say that it may not be indicated yet. He also indicated that it can be as much a problem as narcotic medications if not indicated for a medical condition. In other words, Scholar, you may be doing yourself NO GOOD if you try it. ONLY use it under medical guidance.