shortness of breath
I not sure where to turn. Mom continually experience shortness of breath on a daily basis. Sometime it is really really bad to the point where she will froth at the mouth. Mom has had anxiety issues for years--but know that she has dementia it is hard to determine if anxiety has anything to do with it. I have a nice geriatric doctor who comes to the house-her suggestion is to have mom get breathing exercises. When thing get bad the only thing I can do is give her more Ativan. This is really stressful because mom will be begging for help, saying she's going to die. I've called the paramedics and mom has even been hospitalized a few times but they can't find anything anymore. Her blood Pressure is usually good--she has a history of hypertention. Along with dementia--mom has also had colon cancel (hasn't returned) Shes had a blood clot in the lung and neck and heart issues. With all this she is still relatively active, still walks around the house, able to go to the bathroom on her own. She still needs general help with bathing and daily living task. She eats on her own when the food is given to her. How do I deal with the shortness of breath issue--her doctor wants to cut back on the ativan but it seems like the only thing that works when she is having an episode--it's really scary and it's happening more and more. Any suggestions. Thank for any help.