I was told by my doc that I need to be evaluated for sleep apnea. I too have emp. I told him I am tired all the time and am up and down all nite. He thinks I am stopping breathing in my sleep therefore my body wakes itself in order to breathe. He mentioned the cpap, that it just makes sure you get constant air while sleeping. That is the limit of my knowledge on this, but I would say if you are not able to breathe, you need to contact your doctor asap and let him know. Hopefully someone will come along with better answers for you.
Thanks teko. I see a lung doctor next week. I went to a sleep center 2 years ago and did an overnight sleep study and was told I had sleep apnea. My partner told me I stopped breathing many times during the night and I too was tired all day. My cpap machine worked great until the emphysema got worse. I will let the doctor figure it out.
My husband had a c-pap and then a bi-pap and then after that added a humidifier to the bi-pap. Keep after the doctors until they can fit you with a machine that works for you. We found that they don't offer all the bells and whistles until you find out from someone else what is available. As for adding oxygen.... My husband stopped using the bi-pap because he was waking with chest pains and had undergon the operation to remove his uvula, tonsils and adnoids. I think it is called a ppp. Anyway, that was 7 years ago and now all of a sudden he was diagnosed with a paralyzed diaphragm which is causing him shortness of breath and also is being blamed for his blood oxygen level being low. Now he underwent another sleep study and we figure he is headed to the bi-pap machine again. He now sleeps with oxygen and we have a feeling that he will end up with the bi-pap and possibly oxygen. I know this is lengthy but please let me know how you make out. Good luck!