• MIL has alzheimers. Strokes have left her unable to speak. Any experience with feeling or not feeling pain? How will she communicate?

    Asked by 33Violet on Friday, September 7, 2012

    MIL has alzheimers. Strokes have left her unable to speak. Any experience with feeling or not feeling pain? How will she communicate?

    Family deciding on treatment options, if any. It's unclear how much she understands b/c of the alzehimers. She speaks very little and most of the time says "yes" to any question or statement. Would you like a drink? Yes. Do you want windex? Yes. (this is a joke, but this is how it goes). We aren't sure if she feels pain. Concern about putting her through treatment and she can't communicate with us or the docs. Thoughts? Thanks in advance

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      FreeBird

      Hello! I hope you found an answer for your question. The person to ask is the doctor or nurse providing her care, because you want to know that they are assessing pain. Pain in people who are unable to communicate verbally has been studied, and they should know what to tell you to look and listen for as caregivers. They are most familiar with her condition. If you search online, there is all kinds of information on pain and discomfort scales, detecting pain, and communicating. But to ensure that your mom in law is comfortable, I don't think someone online or a web page could answer that as well as her doctor or a nurse that has education and experience with that to give MIL the best care possible. That's their discipline to know what to do.

      From my understanding, if they're well trained they know just what to look for during a pain examination-- facial expressions, sounds, breathing, defensive and other behavior-- and they know where how to push, pull and move the body to watch for reactions. Make sure you bring it up with the doctor.

      over 4 years ago

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