Partner has Lewy-body dementia but has been having sharp shin pain for over 12 months. Ultrasound / X-rays only show arthritis. Want to know what combinations of medications can be given without affecting his dementia drugs. I am a retired staff nurse with medical knowledge but not in these fields.
Hello ampro and welcome to DC. I want to say that being a caregiver is truly a act of love and support for your loved one. I applaud you for the work you are doing and the kind, and gentle spirit you possess...
Before giving this person any more medication... I would try to get to the bottom and cause of the pain. For instance, when was the last time a "hip" study was done? I mean x-rays just to rule out deterioration of the hips. This is where I found myself when I experienced that type of pain in my knees. I went through the x-rays and mri's of both knees. It took some 8 years before anybody thought that it might be my hips causing the referred pain in my knees. And, that was exactly the problem. I had a hip replacement last year and trying to hold off on doing the other hip until I get more time on a new job under my belt.
With that said and done... is aquatherapy possible for your partner??? That not only helps one to relax but it decompresses the spine... it's warm... and rather soothing. This is something that you could also do with your partner to help stay connected. I don't know if this is possible but it is a suggestion that has worked for many.
Also, when you said that the x-rays only showed arthritis... what type was it and how severe was it? I believe you really need to partner with your doctor for recommendations on adding or adjusting any new medications. You certainly don't need any worsening of symptoms which certain medications can cause.
I hope others here will respond and perhaps shed more light on your query. I wish you well and most of all I wish you peace in your world. May the light of the Lord shine brightly on your path and illuminate your entire being as you continue on this journey with your loved one.
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