Elevated what?!?

By Gulcherboy Latest Reply 2014-09-05 18:47:32 -0500
Started 2014-08-20 19:31:24 -0500

My new doctor took some of my blood and then set my next appointment for November. Today, I got the blood test results — which were overwhelmingly good! However, it showed an elevated carbon dioxide level. What?!? Am I not exhaling enough? Is there anyone who knows what this means? New doc said he was happy with the results and did not change my med regime at all, so I'm guessing I don't need to worry about carbon dioxide poisoning between now and November. But if anyone knows what this result means, I'd appreciate it if you would share your insight!

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Gulcherboy 2014-09-05 18:47:32 -0500 Report

Thanks, Hyrum! If I were a betting man and based on this article, I'd suspect a possible combination of sleep apnea (already diagnosed and currently untreated) and possibly some fluid in the lungs. But, of course, every doctor and nurse makes me breath for them and they don't hear anything. I've had hypoventilation and this is nothing like that — whew!

I want to thank you for sharing the article — it gives me plenty about which to think and even though I am not a betting man, the smart bettors are putting their money on my asking my doctor about it. In fact, it's time for me to start compiling the list of questions I want to ask at our next appointment!