Difficulty Breathing & Autonomic Dysfunction w/ PD & Congestive Heart
My sweet mother (78 yrs young) has been hit with a myriad of health issues. It started with a Parkinson's diagnosis about 5 years ago. For all intents and purposes, she has done well with that. No tremors – mostly just minor balance issues and deterioration of her physical fitness. She used to be a gym rat and always ate extremely healthy. She doesn't move quite as well and I think has lost some motivation for living as actively as she used to. But – all said, she's done well with it. In the last 6 months she has just spiraled downhill. She was getting horrible dizzy spells (passed out cold 3 times), weakness in her legs, horrible pain in her neck and back – but the worst symptom that has started is difficulty in breathing. She struggles with this all day, every day. Sometimes it's debilitating and other times it is manageable. We've had her into every specialty at Mayo (cardiology, neurology, pulmonary) and nobody has been able to really understand these breathing issues. Congestive heart failure is being managed. Autonomic Dysfunction is being managed and the dizzy spells have ceased. Has anyone else suffered with breathing issues and have you found out what caused it? Her lungs seem to be working just fine, per her pulmonary doctors. We started her on a very low dose of anxiety medication thinking maybe that was it? Anyways – really at a loss and feel so helpless. Let me know if this sounds at all familiar with anyone else?? Thanks and wishing everyone peace and good health.