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I was diagnosed with moderate COPD in Feb. 2016 but was never fully explained what all the numbers mean. I also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and use CPAP nightly as well as A-Fib, GERD and am somewhat overweight. I smoked about 1/2 to 1 pk. of cigarettes a day for over 15 years but quit a few weeks after the COPD diagnosis - after it finally hit me and I was no longer in denial. I just began a program of Pulmonary Rehab and the educator there looked at my PFT results and another surprise hit me that I was never informed of before - she told me that I am a Co2 retainer and supposedly my numbers are not good. (the only number the educator mentioned was "22" My FEV1 back in June was 74 but I was not told about any of the other results from the pulmonary function testing. Could my sleep apnea be partially resposible for this or is it a sign of rapidly declining lung function? Everything I've read makes this sound very dangerous like being on the brink of death or even putting one into a coma or causing brain damage. Please, if anyone can help clarify this for me I'd be grateful - none of my doctors ever explain my numbers to me; just put me on Spiriva Respimat and Ventolin and told to watch my diet and walk every day. So frustrated and scared!
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