I am new to this idea of support via internet. I have some questions about COPD in general. I was diagnosed with COPD ten years ago. I am on Ultram for pain, Spiriva, and Advair with O2 as needed for breathing. I struggle to keep up with farm work. It seems I am always behind. I feel as if someone has beat the living daylights out of me and poured cement blocks around my legs. Things that used to be easy are now giant obstacles. This past weekend I couldn't keep up the facade anymore. I went to bed with my O2 on Friday and was in serious, over-all body pain accompanied by anxiety that wouldn't let me be at peace. It was mild, but strong enough to prevent my muscles from relaxing for over 12 hours. By Saturday the pain had abated somewhat and I actually got to sleep some. On Sunday I finally felt like a member of the human race again as I slept through the afternoon. Now it is Monday, I am feeling better than I have in a long time. No pain, no anxiety, clear thinking. I fear my pain is the result of low O2 levels in the muscles and pushing on to work anyway. I also assume that the complications of the tasks is related to low O2. I also feel the anxiety is my body alarm-not enough O2. I am afraid of repeating this cycle. What is the vailidity of my theories? This morning I sent off for a pulse oximeter. What level is the point where I should back off, take a break and get back on the O2? For how long? Thanks for your time, I really appreciate it. I push hard fearing that if I quit pushing, this disease will get the best of me.
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