I too want to Welcome you to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum. I can't be much help to you on anything about your accident, bu it seems like the others here on the forum are giving you some excellent advice. However I to am on Oxycontin, and I to have sleep apnea, and yes allot of the opiate pain meds can cause central apneas. Most people have the common obstructive sleep apnea, which is when their throat collapses thus shutting off the air going to the lungs. but central sleep apnea is when the brain quits telling the lungs to breath. Many things can cause central apneas, conjestive heart failure, injury to the brain stem and upper spinal cord, numerous neruological conditions, and diseases, and the use of Opiate pain meds, and ideopathic cause, ( no know cause for it)also in some rare cases, some of us using CPAP or BiPAP to treat OSA the CPAP and/or BiPAP treatment causes us to have central apneas or like for me it makes them worse! Anyway the treatment is pretty much the same as it is for Obstructive Sleep Apnea ( OSA) , except the machine is different. They use the CPAP and BiPAP machine for OSA treatment, and the Adaptive Servo Ventilator ASV machines for treating Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) and Complex Sleep Apnea, which is having both OSA and CSA. I use the ResMed VPAP Adapt SV along with 3 Liters of supplemental Oxygen when I sleep at night. Now Have you been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea? Have you had the sleep study done? and are you being treated for it? If not, you definitely need to get a sleep study done and get into treatment, if you already have had it done, and you are being treated with a CPAP or BiPAP machine and you are still having trouble, then you definitely need to see you sleep Apnea Doctor, and get another sleep study done, to see if you are having central apneas. If your having pain and the pain meds help you, then don't get off of them because of the sleep apnea. Just go see your sleep apnea doctor, and get a sleep study done and get on the proper treatment.
I do wish you well! and again I want to say Welcome to our CP Family!
Good Luck to YOU!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!