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Paula wrote at 2013-07-17 23:42:15
My father in law had 2 knee replacements and had morphine for pain relief.  He escaped from the hospital (straight after surgery) as he thought people were trying to get him.  Ever since then he has been on a slow decline and now has fully fledged dementia.  I really think the morphine played a part.


tbn1954 wrote at 2013-11-19 21:22:31
Hi, A dear friend was admitted to the hospital after a fall that fractured her pelvis and given morphine.  She was released into a rehab facility a week later and medicated with percocet (sp?) for a week before I learned of her situation and went to visit.  She is mostly out of it.  Seeing her dead parents and brother, talking of having done things during the day when she has not left her room and while recognizing me not remembering my name or my childrens.

She is also paranoid, thinks everyone is trying to steal her money and that some of her dearest friends want her killed.

Before the fall she was sometimes forgetful, but not suffering from dementia.  Could it be the drugs?




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I will try to answer questions related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementia related diseases. I will not attempt to diagnose anyone, but will to provide helpful answers to cargivers and loved ones of persons with dementia.

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I have over 20 years of experiences, as a professional practitioner, working with persons with Alzheimer's disease, and the multiple other forms of dementia. I see patients at the request of primary care physicians and make behavioral diagnoses and recommend psychotropic medications to treat the multiple behavioral problems associated with the dementia process.

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