Morphine and dementia

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she semmed on a bad trip. Nonetheless morphine was still administered for the next 24 hours, and I was then contacted by the hospital staff saying that Mum was in critical condition. It took 3 days for Mum to recover.....after heart attack, kidney failure lung failure..etc. since then Mum has never been the same......the doctors ( I put a claim in for treatment injury) are saying that Mum suffers from dementia..and has all along, so no claim accepted.
I have taken care of him (Primary) as well as my husband and now my son for the last 3 years and Hospice a year and a half. He has no use of his legs or hands since the first 6months. He was in a Nursing home but we brought him home In the last few months I have watched his urine change color to amber then bloody looking to normal yellow. He coughs at times. We have suction Machine but nothing else other than oxygen to help him for He has a DNR order ( do not resuscitate.
It is common with anesthesia, benzos and opiates of all kinds. Also haldol which almost gives them instant dementia an hallucinations. Keep a close eye on her, remove all fall hazards (loose rugs etc) and be sure to keep her hydrated. Its a quality of life issue at this point, don't worry about her getting addicted. If you feel its too much for her call her doctor for a med adjustment. And most importantly, but as much distance between you and that bottle as is humanly possible!
Does anyone know anything about drug enduced dementia from morphine sulfate? My father has been on it since 1990 and takes cymbalta,zoloft for the depression side effects and just is OUT of it alot. He will sit down and just fall asleep. he falls asleep while eating dinner and even standing up talking he dozes off. I know alot of it is the meds make him tired and (he's 64) just normal aging, but, what are the symptoms of drug enduced dementia? He also like... hallucinates.....
My mother has advanced senile dementia. She is 89 and a half. She has other physical problems, but the most worrying right now is she finds it unbelievably difficult to swallow anything. Her throat, esophagus, and stomach were all examined thoroughly a few months ago (when she first mentioned she found it slightly hard to swallow) -and there was nothing physically wrong there! This is getting worse and worse. It is extremely hard to get nutrition into her.
Is therea natural remedy to help my Mom not feel like she has a lead weight leaning on her neck and with the nausea? She does not have cancer and never should have been put on codeine and morphine (12 a day) pre hip surgery. She's in good health, but has got drug induced dementia. Just going out to get her some Gravol and make her some fresh ginger root tea. She has had the foot spa twice and acupuncture 4 times.
I am really glad that I found this forum...I am currently in as state of shock over what just took place at my own pain management doctors office. I have herniated lumbar discs which have also caused nerve damage, degenerative disc disease and buldging cervical discs. I have been on morphine for about 4 years, extended release and instant release. Last month the doctor gave ALL patients a urine test and when I got there today he said "we have a problem"...
I guess will see what mother nature has in store as I don't think a heart can take constant pulsing if it is 90 yrs old, had bypass 15 years ago, and now has dementia/alzheimers. Eventually the brain is going to stop working and the pacemaker will not be able to keep her alive. Just wondering how much longer you do stay alive with the pacemaker?? It has to extend your life. As I see it, what are we extending??
Like he has dementia. We dont know what to do. He is too weak for interferon and will probably need a liver sooner or later. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing or know what I am talking about.
Taking oral morphine. Inhalers, nebulizers, in addition to multiple antidepressants. Legs are swollen at rest and elevation. She is getting much worse, on hospice, DNR. At 4 L of oxygen cannot breathe well, getting worse daily, even with no movement or speaking, MS also progressing. Dementia comes and goes. What is prognosis, in terms of time at this level? Has been considered "end-stage" since dx. Last several weeks major decline. Please give a ballpark time prognosis.
I am becoming somewhat frustrated with the way a lot of my colleagues practice medicine. Disenchanted, angry would be the other words that could be used. We all get ostensibly that same training and all of us are supposedly in it to help our patients. So, how come have I been getting so many letters lately on my addiction forum from desperate people unable to quit taking the tramadol pills that their own kind doctors have so freely prescribed for them?
I posted this on the Caregiver Community forum, and now pasting it here in the hope that someone might respond who has experienced a similar situation. ******************************** My 76-year-old mother is destroying her life as well as mine and my siblings. Her coping method with any medical problem has always been to ignore it, treat with over-the-counter meds and finally deny its very existence.
Don't know if they helped or not -- no way to know -- and I certainly don't see any downside to these tapes -- but after seeing just about a two-log drop at week one, I have to consider the possiblity that my RVR and SVR were predetermined to some extent on SOC -- be it because of my genes, my specific viral strain, my immune system, or some combination. That doesn't mean the double-dosing, riba and all that, didn't play a part -- and certainly compliance played a role.
but sometimes straining to go to bathroom, belching and burping, white spots in stool and yesterday a little blood in the stool. At the time I met with the gastro doctor, was asked if I had blood in stool and I hadn't then. I spoke with someone in his office yesterday and told her about the blood and she said, oh that's not natural.......scared me to death as I had a friend who died of colon cancer six years ago...
I went to ER the first time as I was in so much pain and didn't feel the tingling until morphine took the edge of the pain. CT scan showed compaction and bowels not moving. Now I have mir-a-lax so I won't be constipated that many days again. Also, I've been diagnosed with disinhibition (financially) and impulsivity due to where lesions are. $22,000 in credit card charges! Yikes. Mostly on 'game' site buying no value chips to spin slots.
I put my foot down yesterday when the word Dementia started being banged around. I demanded the morphine be stopped and asked for Diclofenac to be used for a couple of days to get him out of this morphine haze. He had a second MRI today and is being reassessed Friday. I've had two spine ops. I'm intolerant of their ignorance of back pain.
sent me for a CT of sinus and it was clear. Sent me to an ENT - gave me nasal steroid and antihistamines. No help. Been doing saline irrigation, vitamins. Am now on Prednisone (steroid pills) for 6 days. After 1 and 1/2 days feel better and pressure is leaving but scared because I know after this 6 days I'll be back to where I was and I'm extremely run down and need to rebuild to fight whatever this is. Scheduled for allergy testing the end of the month.
About six months ago my left neck began to hurt and I noticed what I thought was a lump there. I went to a head and neck specialist and he said that I had inflammtion of my Carotid artery(Carotidynia). The lump, I guess, was just the bifurcation of my artery that was swollen. The doctor told me to take an anti-inflammatory(ibuprophen) for 2 weeks. The pain finally diminished, but about a month later it started in my right neck.
After the morphine hallucinations became obvious, she was put on darvocet for pain control and is doing much better in the pain department. We all noticed that the extreme anger and demented rages were noticeably declining since she was taken to the ER. Although Mom was out of her mind regarding her injuries, location, and timing of events, that awful rage began to melt away. My pastor, Burt Palmer, paid Mom a visit on Thursday before surgery.
The center is focusing on feedings and pain control. She is on morphine, fentanyl path and klonipan as well as Dilantin. She still twitches. I am thinking about calling Hospice. does she have a chance of recovering??? I don't want to be the voice of gloom in the family but I want to know when to take off work and spend more time with her. She is still coherent - just has short term memory disorder.
All physical exams have been normal for sensations and strength. He examined the MRI and suggested a Lumbar Puncture and tests for Lyme Disease, Syphalis, and HIV. All are negative! Which is great, however, symptoms are getting worse again, and I am at a loss at what to do next. This has all caused considerable stress and anxiety which has sent me to a Psychiatrist and has me taking Xanex when needed. Wanted to see make sure we are not missing anything! Feel fine otherwise.
But she was in a nursing home, withthe nurses administering Percoset, then Morphine and Ativan in her last couple days. I don't know if Hospice is anti-med- it wouldn't make sense if they were, since in the last stretch it should be about being relieving symptoms, not suffering through them. I just realized this post is from August. If youcheck back and read this- how's it going? I hope the issues with Hospice and meds got resolved. Best of luck to you with everything.
I am taking Gralise(slow release Gabapentin) for post craniotomy pain and fibromyalgia.I live at 7000 feet altitude and now am suffering low O2 sats at night (less than 88% for 4 hours) at night. I have been told go on O2 or move to a lower altitude. They say the Gralise is a large part of the issue at night.I feel the Gabapentin may not be helping my pain that much and think going off is a better option than sleeping with Oxygen or suffering dementia from lack of. Any suggestions??
All were taking a long-acting form of morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl or methadone and one or more short-acting opioids for breakthrough pain or pain flares. They all also took additional medications such as muscle relaxants, sleep aids, hormone replacements and dietary supplements. Study Results Almost all of the patients (22 of 24) said their pain had permanently decreased over time.
30 and I doubt the news will be good. She did the prep last night and reported it was nothing but old blood. Now even Mom is scared and the gastro doc said it could be anything from ulcers - maybe even a small perforation due to a high white cell count now - to cancer.
Meanwhile she is miserable, suffering and without morphine her pain is going to increase. Any suggestion would be so welcome. I am in india with her and without family's consent my hands seem to be tied...
If so, then his rate will drop into the 30's again and perfusion to the brain will decrease and his dementia will probably increase to the point that he'll drift into a coma. No pain there. If he needed the pacer because his SA or AV nodes were destroyed and his heart won't beat on its own, then his heart rate will probably drop off and he'll lose consciousness and that will be it. Either way, I don't see where he'll suffer.
Anyway, that is what he did, he stopped eating from that moment and died within 3 days, the only thing that went into his body from that moment on was morphine. He knew what he wanted and we knew what he wanted so we never tried to force him to eat or drink or do anything which would prolong his life. He truly did live with dignity and he died without much suffering. I learned a lot from what my dad did, and I have so much respect for him and the choice he made.
She has supported my 29 years of recovery...even in her dementia remembering my sobriety date!And i must forge ahead thru this thing called life....sober and clean!
Protein levels were very high but returned to normal two weeks later and MRI scans have returned nothing. He shows signs of what looks like dementia on some days and on other days has agitated and violent episodes. Specialists are at a loss as to what it could be.. I’m interested to know what the results were of your husbands tests at Duke.
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