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Sunday, December 27, 2009 CancerSurvivor, Community Member, asks

Q: My heart rate is 125 and my Oxygen level is 85. Could this be normal for me?

I know that a heart rate at 125 and Oxygen level at 85 is not normal, but could it possible be normal for me? I am a Cancer Survivor of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, I was diagnosed in 2004, I received Radiation and Chemotherapy Treatments for 4 months, was then diagnosed in Dec. 2004 Cancer Free. I have had a lot of health issues since then, unfortunately I still live with a Feeding Tube (Peg Tube) due to the Radiation damaging my throat preventing me from swollowing. My only means of nutrition is my feeding tube, I can not eat or drink by mouth, its very difficult for me to drink by mouth but I am told to always have water with me because I suffer from really bad dry mouth. I do drink water periodically throughout the day, I was told that 20% of what I do drink goes into my lungs.

 

Its very difficult living without being able to eat, its something you never think about happening to you or anybody, but yes it is possible. Anyway, for the past 3-4 months my Heart Rate and Oxygen level has been 125 / 85, my heart rate and oxygen level was tested by a few different doctors and they all talked to me about my heartrate being to high and oxygen level being to low. My Neurologist told me that its possible that these are my normal numbers, 125 / 88 is not normal for a normal adult but with all my health issues and everything my body has gone through its possible that these levels are normal for me.

 

Could you please help me out, give me your advice on this issue please.

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MonicaRD, Health Pro
12/27/09 7:16pm

Hi CancerSurvivor,

 

I agree that these numbers are not normal.  However, from your explanation, it is apparent that your physicians are all aware of the issue and have considered it. If they feel this is normal for you considering your medical history and current medical issues, they will likely continue to monitor the numbers for any worsening and make medical decisions accordingly.

 

Congratulations on your cancer survival!

 

Best of luck,

Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD, LDN

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CancerSurvivor, Community Member
12/28/09 3:22pm

Thank you for your response, I thought nobody was going to answer my question.

 

Yes a few of my physicians know about my Heart Rate and Oxygen level being out of wack but this is not something I have had for a long time. If I remember correctly, it was in June or July of this year that I became aware of it when my primary Doctor was taking my blood pressure, she asked me if I was anxious or nervous because my pressure was so high. She then tested my Oxygen level and noticed that was low as well as my high Heart Rate, this was the first time it came up. The following 3-4 weeks I seen a few different Doctor's; Neurologist, Oncologist and gastroenterologist. They all had questioned me about these high or low numbers that they got when doing standard testing, I told them that the previous Doctor told me the same thing, they all told me that the numbers are not good at all and I should go back to my primary.

 

I told my Primary that it takes a lot of energy for me to talk, I have a hard time talking as it is because of the damage done by the Radiation to my head and neck. I have TMJ, can barely open my mouth, dry mouth, soft palet in my throat dont work, my tongue doesn't move that much, etc. All this effects my voice in a bad way, its hard to understand me most of the time but when I do try to talk its as if I have to hold my breath when I talk. If I was to talk to you for a minute or two without stopping I would get a really bad head rush a minute later, I will get very very dizzy, light headed, can't stand up, I get really nervous, its a damn scary feeling. It last for about 5 minutes, then I am ok. This is why I thought that it had to be lack of Oxygen going to my brain when I talk, and when I finally stop talking there is such a rush of Oxygen to my brain that it causes the reactions that I get. So I asked my primary to refer me to a Neurologist, they took a CatScan of my head & neck and said there is nothing there to would be causing the episodes that I get.

 

Its so damn confusing when you know there is a problem, you go to your Doctors and they tell you that there is nothing wrong that they see on there test, so where does that leave me?

 

Any advice or suggestions to what I have added to my health issue would be highly appreciated. Thanks so much

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MonicaRD, Health Pro
12/28/09 3:31pm

Hi CancerSurvivor,

 

My final suggestion then is to ask your primary care physician to refer you to a pulmonologist to check your lung funtion or cardiologist to check your heart.  At best they will find a diagnosis for your probelm and at worst they will tell you what the neurologist told you. 

 

Best of luck,

Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD, LDN

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Mike Farris, Community Member
12/29/09 7:48am

Dear CancerSurvivor,

 

Wow! You are one tough person. Although, you survived radiation and chemotherapy, the damage to your body and immume system was horrendous. Your elevated heart rate is an indication that your heart is working too hard. In order to get your oxygen level back to the high 90's, you need to add electrolytes to your water. Pedialite and/or Emergen-C are good sources... both are available at the grocery store.

 

For your heart health, I recommend a liquid arginine supplement. You may be a double survivor... cancer and heart disease. Don't worry, it can be done. The body will heal itself when given half a chance.

 

Yours for Great Health,

Mike Farris

Certified DPA Technician

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