Will I Ever Be Able to Stop Using Oxygen Therapy?

You've been prescribed the use of oxygen therapy because you have a low amount of oxygen in your bloodstream. You now have to use oxygen for a part of the day, overnight or constantly, and understandably you might feel restricted. Even if you only require oxygen therapy while you are being physically active, you might be missing the days when you didn't need it at all.

The use of an oxygen concentrator or other oxygen device can make you feel restrained or feel like some of your freedom has been taken away. It's normal to feel like this, but you can begin to look at oxygen therapy as a second chance at becoming healthy.

When we can't get enough oxygen through our lungs and into the rest of our bodies, the body suffers a great deal. Over time, you can develop heart failure because your heart has been overworking itself to disperse enough oxygen-rich blood. Your brain can become damaged, and even a little bit of brain damage due to inadequate oxygen can have a traumatizing impact on your body as well as the way you think. If you think about it, life would be a lot harder if you weren't using oxygen therapy now that you need it.

Depending on the severity of your chronic condition, you may or may not be able to stop using oxygen therapy. If you have severe COPD resulting in hypoxemia (lack of sufficient oxygen in your blood), you may need to use oxygen therapy for the rest of your life. Nothing is impossible, however, it's just important that you don't try to jump the gun and stop using your oxygen, or taper off the use of it. You should talk to your doctor first if you believe you can change how much oxygen you need.

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There are some things you can do to help you improve your lung function, if you hope to ever need less or no supplemental oxygen. Eat foods that are known to improve lung function, such as tomatoes, mushrooms and anything that contains high levels of omega-3 fats and antioxidants. You should get as much of these foods as you can in your diet. Drink plenty of water and avoid foods that contain trans fats. Drinking alcohol will take your lung function down further if you drink more than the daily recommended amount.

Exercise, as well as pulmonary therapy can help improve the lung function in people with COPD and other breathing problems. Before you begin any exercise program, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to help you decide on an exercise program that won't overexert you, but will improve your lung function over time.

Of course, if you smoke you will need to quit if you ever want to stop using oxygen therapy. Even if you have been diagnosed with COPD, you can stop the progression of the disease if you quit smoking. Despite your reason for needing oxygen therapy, smoking will only increase your need for it because of the negative effects it has on your lungs, as well as the rest of your body.

There are also the risky and expensive options of lung surgery or lung transplants. If you are patient, have the means and are willing to take the risks to eventually taper off of the oxygen, these are options. As you heal from a procedure like this, you will still require oxygen therapy, but you might need less and less as time goes on.

At any rate, it will take a considerable amount of time and effort on your part if you'd like to someday be healthy enough to not need oxygen therapy.

19 thoughts on “Will I Ever Be Able to Stop Using Oxygen Therapy?”

  • Laurent

    I have copd and was put on supplemental oxygen recently because my o2 sat was 86. My doctor did say that with enough exercise I might be able to reach a saturation of 95. So there's hope.

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  • patricia ross

    I had one lung remove and my other one isn't much better I have copd and fibroses will I ever get better sometime my oxygen will go down to 67 and 68

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Patricia. If you are experiencing low oxygen readings we suggest contacting your physician immediately. Your physician will also be able to discuss treatment options for your individual situation and condition.

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  • Marcia Talbot

    I have fibrosis of the lungs and on oxygen 24/7 I was on 2 liters continuous. Just a weak ago Friday gone I saw my pulmonary doctor (October 24) and he has taken me down to 2 liters conserve for when sitting stil but 4 liters continuous for when I am excerting myself. On the 2 liters conserve my head feels heavy and headache could this be because my body is trying to adjust to the new prescription. Do you have a support group where we can go to ask any questions That we may have?

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    • Danielle Jason

      That's a wonderful question, Marcia. Have you discussed theses noticeable changes with your doctor? If not, we absolutely suggest contacting your doctor as soon as possible to discuss your symptoms with them. Your doctor will have the insight into your condition and medical needs and be able to asses if this is "normal" for your situation.

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  • Eugene bejma

    I am on oxygen 24/7 my stats are 95 to 97 so why would it feel as though i am out of breath? I thank- you for all of the info shared it can be very insightful. Thank- you.

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Eugene. That is a question you will want to inquire with your doctor regarding. Your doctor will have the most up-to-date information regarding your individual medical condition and needs.

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  • Tammy Conner

    I have copd chronic bronchtis pretty severe.I just stop smoking completely about 3 days ago. I am on oxygen.Will I see an improvement on my breathing and being able to cough up mucus?

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your question, Tammy. That is a great question to ask your individual doctor. Your doctor will have the insight into your medical history, condition, and possible outcomes for treatment and therapy.

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  • maher ayari

    im 30 old and my doctor say that i have COPD .... i go to hospital first time on my feet and i get out on chair with oxygene tank cuz i cant walk i cant breath when i walk .. and way i use now oxygene 3 litre 18 hour on 24 ... .... i have 6 month i dont walk outside i miss the sun cuz my oxygene machine is big one ... the portabel one we dont have in my country (tunisia) ... sorry o make the story long ... my question is why when i leave the machine for 2 hours then i try to walk i feel much better and do i can leave the machine one day cuz my doctor say u will stay for ever with oxygene :(

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Maher. The reason you are feeling much better after using your machine for an extended period of time is likely because your body has been receiving the additional oxygen your individual condition requires. There are many benefits you will notice while using oxygen therapy for prolonged periods of time for example increased brain function. Feel free to read more about Oxygen Therapy here: https://www.oxygenconcentratorstore.com/blog/the-details-of-medical-oxygen-therapy/ https://www.oxygenconcentratorstore.com/ocs-blog/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

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  • Anna

    I am on oxegen 24 /7.I have C.O.P.D. Its hard I can not afford to by an to by the machine thats 2.8 pounds.I worked till I was injured on my job was later on put on oxegen,Where can I go for help to help get me one of these machines,It would help me so much and help change my life so much.If I had not been injured on the job due to their neglect I would of retired well .Can you tell me where to go so I can get a smaller tank.Being on oxegen is so very hard.Thankful I have it but it definetly changes ones life.Pray someday I can give up oxegen. I stopped smoking and I worked dealing with a lot of chemicals as well. Thank you for any feed back you can give me. Thank you Sincerely Anna

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Anna. Have you inquired with your insurance provider whether they can cover part of the cost of a portable oxygen concentrator? We also have financing options and pre-owned discounted units that are more affordable. If you'd like you're welcome to reach out to one of our Oxygen Specialists regarding our budget conscious options at 877-774-9271 or at [email protected]

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  • Migdalia

    Iam 60 yrs old, I have COPD, I’m on oxygen and I sleep with a Cpap, but sometimes I still feel like I can’t breath at nite so I remove my Cpap .. will I get any better, I just stop smoking 3 days ago, and I also have asma, RA, osterigenictic inperfecta. (glass bone) and 4 fracture ribs because of coughing, will my breathing get better, where I won’t need the oxygen machine any more ?

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your inquiry, Migdalia and congratulations on quitting smoking; that is no easy feat! Have you read our article on How Your Body Gets Better & Healthier After Quitting Smoking? If not, check that out here: https://www.oxygenconcentratorstore.com/blog/how-your-body-gets-better-once-you-quit-smoking/.

      As for your use of oxygen, that we can not answer as this is a question for your individual physician. Your physician will have the insight and knowledge into your past and present medical history to be able to predict your therapy path.

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  • Nancy Schiebert
    Nancy Schiebert March 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I have COPD due to Asthma. I use to go weeks at a time without SOB. My Pulmonologist states it is weather related when SOB flairs up. I was recently diagnosed with Afib and had a convergent and ablation performed causing me to wear oxygen 24/7 after both surgeries for at least 3 weeks. After 2nd ablation I drop my sats quickly when up and walking. When sitting I do fine without oxygen and sat between 91 and 93. I don’t get why it does this and drops so quickly when up and do any activity.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 6, 2018 at 6:33 am

      Thank you for your question, Nancy. That is a great question to ask your individual doctor. Your doctor will have the insight into your medical history, condition, and possible outcomes for treatment and therapy.

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    • Susan

      I would love to know if Nancy was able to find out about cure for sudden drop in oxy when stands. I know that everyone's situation is unique and my pulmonologist and every other type of doctor has stated they have never encountered this situation. My oxy does exactly the same thing. I have been hospitalized for the biggest part of the last six months and no one has been able to diagnose and are attempting to treat with more rx etc.

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      • Patricia

        I think when you surgeries like Nancy or have been bed ridden awhike lije Susan it takes weeks ti get your sars back to normal. You need to take care and not push too hard, while stll tryng the exe4cises abd activitues your doc recommends. Be very patient and go SLOWLY when on your feet. I am nearly at end of a 6 wk recovery oeriod after a bad flair that eq0equired a 2 wk inpatient stay. I have gotten a littke better each day until now, and I feel slmost normal. Give your body time to heal and do e erything in bakabce. Exercise, rest, nourish and recover. Dont worry about your duppkemental O2 until you arebetter.

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