Sorry, I rarely post but just need some advice, please.
Had COPD for 4 years, currently on steroids & antibiotics for a chest infection. Because of sleep issues and on advice of the GP I have been referred for sleep apnoea testing.
While waiting (and because I'm getting some real bad nights) I stuck my oximeter on for a few nights and was a bit concerned to find that whilst my oxygen levels are in the low 90's most of the night they drop to the low 80's/high 70's for around 45 minutes usually twice per night (6.7 hours sleep ave).
I've purchased a CPAP machine and used it last night for the first time. Set on "middle positions" for most settings, felt like I slept better, not snoozed this afternoon (even while watching a film) and I actually feel slightly alive ... for the first time in a long time!
Am I wrong to use the CPAP undiagnosed? What are the risks? Are my stats from the oximeter normal - everything I read suggests that such low levels for so long could be doing damage to organs?
Really confused - I have a gadget which makes me feel better yet, logic suggests, there must be a reason why they are normally prescribed?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Tony (a very backward ynot)