Posted , 8 users are following.
I've been on this board many times both posting and replying but I failed to put this out there - I don't know how serious this is or not (of course my doctors never explain anything to me!) but when I was speaking to a COPD educator not long ago and she looked over my PFT numbers and just casually said the I was retaining carbon dioxide & she gave me my number which was 68. (my FEV1 was 76). How concerned should I be about this? Does it mean I am in a more advanced stage of COPD -when I was diagnosed and tested a few months back they said I had moderate stage COPD. Could this mean I am in Respiratory Failure and getting close to the end? I am a shallow breather and sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe in and out (especially at bedtime when my anxiety levels rise) and I do have moderate sleep apnea and even with using CPAP nightly I still have 9 apnea episodes per hour. It seems like too much is going on with my health and I really am starting to have a hard time coping. Please, any advice or help would be so welcome, even if you can't put my mind at ease I would like to know more about what I'm dealing with. All of my internet searches have given me no answers whatsoever! Please reply!
0 likes, 11 replies