My mother was put on Risperdal a while back and suddenly started having involuntary movements of the mouth. She sits and gasps (sounds like she is gasping for air at times) and her tongue sounds dry and heavy. She is becoming increasingly embarrassed about this and is no longer interested in having a social life. She has just started becoming more healthy and seems to be happier overall, moving more and even started cooking again. But the mouth movements seem to be getting worse and she is becoming less willing to be amongst people.
We (my siblings and I) have tried numerous times to speak with her doctors about this, but they seem to think that she has some form of rheumatism. We have just changed doctors for her because she needed someone closer to her house, so she does not want to change doctors again, understandably.
There is no known cure for tardive dyskinesia, but I would like for the doctors to at least validate our concerns and do some testing on her. I am in tears every time i see my mother struggling with her speech and trying to act as if she isn't exhausted from her involuntary movements.
I hope to get some advice as to support groups to join, how to speak to her doctors, or anything else that anyone has experience with. I just want my mother to enjoy being around people again.