Mom has been on hospice for the last 3 weeks for CHF and atrial septal deviation. She is in AL on the memory care floor (dementia). The last week or so she has been having major lower back pain enough that she cries when she lays down and moans in pain. The nursing staff has given her a small dose of morphine occasionally when I ask them to. I have asked the hospice nurse to check mom but she told me she left orders to give mom morphine when she is in pain.
I feel like I want to know what is causing this pain but in the end is it really important? Is it a kidney issue, UTI, or part of her CHF? Should I ask hospice to order tests to find out what it is? Any advice would be appreciated.