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Overmedicated elderly mother

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  • Posted By: mcavna
  • June 9, 2010
  • 02:58 PM

My mother is 87 years old & was completely lucid 18 months ago. She fell & broke her pelvis & it has been a downward spiral since then. The day she broke her pelvis she was joking around with myself & my sister. After they started administering pain medications she started to have hallucinations & was completely out of it. My mother has always been extremely sensitive to medications. Since that time the doctors have been changing pain medications & have put her on a number of mood stabilizers & anti-psychotic medications. They are now diagnosing her with lewy body dementia. I do not understand how one day she can be perfectly lucid & two days later she is starting to have all these problems. The doctors said she did not have a stroke. I believe that she is highly overmedicated, but I cannot get any doctors to agree with me. I would like to try a drug holiday, but they won't hear of it. None of these doctors were her regular doctors. She is now in a nursing home & is continuing to get worse by day. Please help!!!

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  • My mother is 87 years old & was completely lucid 18 months ago. She fell & broke her pelvis & it has been a downward spiral since then. The day she broke her pelvis she was joking around with myself & my sister. After they started administering pain medications she started to have hallucinations & was completely out of it. My mother has always been extremely sensitive to medications. Since that time the doctors have been changing pain medications & have put her on a number of mood stabilizers & anti-psychotic medications. They are now diagnosing her with lewy body dementia. I do not understand how one day she can be perfectly lucid & two days later she is starting to have all these problems. The doctors said she did not have a stroke. I believe that she is highly overmedicated, but I cannot get any doctors to agree with me. I would like to try a drug holiday, but they won't hear of it. None of these doctors were her regular doctors. She is now in a nursing home & is continuing to get worse by day. Please help!!! If she was previously drug sensitive, the issue I personally think it is likely to be her drugs!!. The older one gets too, the more sensitive to drugs one becomes so even more care needs to be taken. Im not elderly but sensitive myself to many drugs (its not usual for me to only be able to take a quarter of a dose of the smallest dosage.. interesting many drugs will work for me at that low low abnormal dosage but at normal dosage, i run into issues) but many doctors in past havent understood that and dont understand when i get way out reactions from them. Many drugs too can have side effect of whatever they are meant to be fixing Your poor mum.. i shouldnt say this but if it was my mother I'd be taking her away from a while and trying to ween her off the drugs in a safe way (you can learn a lot by research!!!). It truely isnt right if the drugs are her issues and being family.. she only has you who knows her and to be really looking out for her best interests. (doctors being so reliant on drugs to treat people.. often dont want to even consider that they could be doing more harm then good).
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