The following question is from the COPD community at healthcentral.com.
My Answer: This would be a great question to ask those who take care of you, such as your nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, etc. We could attempt to answer it here, although we do not have access to your medical records to know what's going on with you. There are a variety of factors that could inhibit your ability to take deep breaths, such as progression of your disease, pneumonia, acute COPD exacerbation, muscle wasting, fatigue, etc. Your best bet is to work with your physician and the medical team around you for all the answers you need.