How can I ease my mom with Alzheimer's and her neck discomfort?
My mother has late stages of Alzheimer's. She is bedridden. She moves her neck from side to side a lot. We've tried prescription and over the counter creams and lotions and got a new pillow and that hasn't seem to help. What can I do to ease her twitching of her neck?
This question had me puzzled so I asked my husband who is a physician to help with the answer. He responded
"It is hard to tell what it is. It could be tardive dyskinesia as a consequence of antipsychotic medications or myoclonus. If it is tardive dyskinesia, it does not bother her. Klonopin sometimes help if it is a myoclonus."
Ladislav Volicer, MD, PhD
I wonder if she has hospice and if not do pursue talking to them. They have a great deal of experience with patients with advanced dementia and would be a good resource for you and your mother.
Does she move her neck when she is sitting up? And, can she get into a lounge chair. She may be uncomfortable being in bed all of the time. Hospice might be able to supply you with a chair that is comfortable for her.
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