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Cazcaz

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Apr 3, 2021
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My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in February.
Yesterday afternoon she started talking. The same things over and over and over. Telling us how to put sugar in the sugar bowl, then the name of the music she was listening to followed by an explaination of who they are (David Bowie), then explaining that she knows “things” and telling us a list of the things she knows. Dad took her to the hospital at about 3am to see if they’d do an MRI or something, the rang a few hours later to say they don’t know what to do but can we come and collect her as she can’t stay in hospital When we went to get her, she was still talking but also now every touch/bump in the road on the drive home/move she makes she reacts like she’s frightenEd or hurt even though she is neither.
Now,17 hours after it started, she’s still going. Talking about anything and everything that pops into her head. We tried getting her into bed and leaving her alone, she just starts calling/talking to us even though we are downstairs.
It seems like she just NEEDS to talk, constantly, like she cannot stand silence.
Can anyone relate to this? Is there anything we can do?
 

lollyc

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Sep 9, 2020
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Yes! I can absolutely identify with this. I have only recently come out of about 4 weeks of non-stop talking - sometimes in French. Hour, after hour, after hour. Mum could barely eat a meal, or clean her teeth, because she couldn't stop. It was almost like a mania.

The good news is that it has stopped (for now, at least.) Mum was already on Quetiapine, her GP increased the dose, and gradually things have got back to something more bearable. It is well worth contacting your Mum's GP and seeing if they can give her some anti-anxiety medications. My Mum also has anti-depressants and Lorazepam, all of which help her sleep - otherwise I think she would actually have talked for 24 hrs.
 

Cazcaz

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Yes! I can absolutely identify with this. I have only recently come out of about 4 weeks of non-stop talking - sometimes in French. Hour, after hour, after hour. Mum could barely eat a meal, or clean her teeth, because she couldn't stop. It was almost like a mania.

The good news is that it has stopped (for now, at least.) Mum was already on Quetiapine, her GP increased the dose, and gradually things have got back to something more bearable. It is well worth contacting your Mum's GP and seeing if they can give her some anti-anxiety medications. My Mum also has anti-depressants and Lorazepam, all of which help her sleep - otherwise I think she would actually have talked for 24 hrs.
Thank you for this. At least I know it happens now.

We now have an appointment with the GP tomorrow, so wait and see. But it’s just exhausting not slept since yesterday morning, not likely to sleep tonight either.

thanks again.
 

lollyc

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Thank you for this. At least I know it happens now.

We now have an appointment with the GP tomorrow, so wait and see. But it’s just exhausting not slept since yesterday morning, not likely to sleep tonight either.

thanks again.
Good luck. Stand your ground, and insist that your mum cannot carry on like this. I think sometimes the medics don't actually understand just how exhausting this is for both PWD and family. And they really don't understand that when you say they don't stop talking, you really mean they don't stop talking!
 

Cazcaz

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Good luck. Stand your ground, and insist that your mum cannot carry on like this. I think sometimes the medics don't actually understand just how exhausting this is for both PWD and family. And they really don't understand that when you say they don't stop talking, you really mean they don't stop talking!
We took a video of mum to show the gp so she could see that it is like you said, she just doesn’t stop!

We had the gp appointment , mum has been given the ok to take risperidon (she already takes other meds for epilepsy and osteoporosis).

We just have to wait and see.
 

Banjomansmate

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Out of interest, did she actually stop talking while at the Drs.?
If so it’s like Hostess mode, they can pull themselves together when absolutely necessary.
 

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