Re: is physical pain associated alzheimer
Speaking from my own experience with my Mom, YES, an Alzheimer patient can and does feel pain.
Mom had an infection in one eye while I was still living with her - at first I had noticed the redness and asked if it hurt, or itched, and she said no. Then, a few minutes before the doctor's office closed, she said it hurts very badly - luckily I was able to get a prescription phoned in and pick up drops.
Then she fell and had an operation to repair her broken hip. Mom felt intense pain. When they tried to do rehab with her, she couldn't do any of the exercises because the pain was too intense.
Now she is not processing food - and one of the reasons all her childlren are rejecting a feeding tube is because it hurts. Not to mention the fact that the food going in through a tube still has to be processed by the body.
We agree to help her passing by using all pain relieving medicines that can be used, (she also has a small lung cancer, and congestive heart failure), and otherwise let her go in peace. This is all happening right now and is hard for her family. But we feel it is the right way to go.