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Pulse Oximeter Recommendation

Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by JAH, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Senior Member

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    I am frustrated that I can't "even" sit meditation any more. I feel great when I do it but it costs me too much in energy. So I do meditation lying down at night.

    Back on topic. Since I received the finger pulse meter, I've been interested to see that if I stand still, my pulse slowly climbs from the high 80's into the nineties and then over 100. If I walk around slowly, it drops down into the 80's again. Weird! Now I know why I've been pacing the kitchen in the morning, it "feels" better.
     
  2. JAH

    JAH Senior Member

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    Lying down to standing up. It will jump up somewhere between 50 and 80bmp pretty quick, usually within a minute. Start having problems standing still and upright more than 2 minutes.

    J
     
  3. SOC

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    That's classic POTS, I believe. Or some kind of OI. Tell your doc about it and get a referral to an autonomic specialist or cardiologist. Treatment for POTS could make you feel a lot better. :)

    See this article about OI here at PR.
     
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    JAH Senior Member

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    Seeing a guy tomorrow! Wish me luck...J
     
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  5. SOC

    SOC

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    Good luck! :D Let us know how it goes.
     
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  6. SOC

    SOC

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    I really like that idea -- exercise without raising my HR. I won't be able to afford a Pilates class or gym for a few years, though. :( I'm hoping I can get Dr Rey/Dr Sol to prescribe some rehab exercise with those kinds of limitations, but I don't know if they do that. We'll see.
     
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    I was there about a year ago. It's hard to have any kind of life when even showering is major exercise, isn't it?
     
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    I think that's indicative of some kind of OI, too. The walking around makes your leg muscles pump blood back up into your upper body. If you stand still it pools in your legs and you start to feel weird. I didn't think I had POTS until I tried the Simple Test for OI. It was SO hard to stand absolutely still. I wanted to move, even if it was just to wiggle my toes.

    Might be worth looking into.
     
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  9. beaker

    beaker ME/cfs 1986

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    In going through some bookmarks, I stumbled upon this link I had of oximeter reviews website that I found very helpful.
    Maybe it will be of some help. It looks like they are keeping it updated.
     
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    I had a ablation for a fib Nov the 8th 2013, however my Dr said I'm still in a fib which I knew would be a possibility.
    I'm n a heart monitor for another week.
    While experiencing an a fib episodes I use my finger pulse oximeter. My question is, how significant is the movement of the graph bar and what does it actually show?
     
  11. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois Prairie ❀❤✿Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ✿❤❀

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    I have wondered the same thing.
     
  12. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    I'm resurrecting this old thread because I found test results that compared several different brands of pulse oximeters to a Nellcor N65 which is used in hospitals and clinics. Two pulse oximeters that didn't perform well were the SantaMedical SM-110 and ContecCMS50DL. I ended up buying the O2HEALTH DB12 for $49.99 after watching the first video below. A review from a buyer on the Turner Medical website said the O2HEALTH DB12 was as accurate as their Nonin, which is also hospital grade, but costs $89.

    I would have loved to find something under $100 that had alarms, could be worn on the wrist, could be worn continuously with the capability for downloadable reports and was also proven to be accurate. There are pulse oximeters that fulfill all the above except my concern about proven accuracy of the oximetry measurement, i.e, going head-to-head against a medical device.

    If you want to read more about cheap pulse oximeters here ya go:
    http://www.turnermedical.com/Articles.asp?ID=244



    This test compares a Nonin, two other pulse oximeters and a medical grade pulse oximeter:

     
  13. Andrew

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    This is interesting because a nurse told me something similar. He said that when I get out of bed to not stand right away, but sit on the bed and move my legs around as I sit there, to get the body ready for the fact that I'm going to stand up. He told me this in reference to OI.
     
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    CFS_for_19_years คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    My O2HEALTH DB12 compared within 1% to a Nellcor during a home visit by an MD. We discussed that when I wake up after using my BiPAP for 2 hours and my O2 is 89, that's OK. I had put the O2HEALTH DB12 on a few seconds after I woke up. I think had it gone a bit lower it might have been a concern.
     
  15. StrivingOn

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    I am on my 3rd pulse oximeter over several years.

    I strongly recommend that, for anything other than casual checks, people spend the extra for one with a good downloadable recording system that fits on the wrist with a lead to a finger sensor. The recording system allows you to download to an analysis program, thus giving you a permanent record and opening up a whole series of invaluable analysis summaries. I find that the cheaper single-block units that fit over a finger are uncomfortable, need tape to stop them falling off during sleep and get in the way when trying to do anything; some of them are also fiddly to use and one I tried all-too-easily deleted my data when stopping recording.

    My current unit, a CMS50I, is around $100/£90 if you shop around.

    Also, when looking, be careful to check the specifications. I came across several cheap single-block units that advertised a recording function without saying that it couldn't be downloaded to a computer.
     
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