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Adie
Reply with quote  #76 
I have just found this post and need to share my situation as I can see so many others are similar .
My 85 year old father is in exactly the same position. He has ongoing diarrhoea which he cannot control. He has been to the specialist and had a colonoscopy only to be told he is fine and there is nothing medically wrong.
He is healthy, plays golf 3/4 times a week and hopefully has a lot of life left on him. He can be fine for 3/4 days on end and then will just have explosions which he cannot control and which leave him vulnerable and smelly. Last night we were out and he had to leave half way thorough the occasion and head home which is out in the country 60 kms away.
He has quite a plain diet and does enjoy a social drink. I am not 100% sure about his medication so will check that.
Can anyone suggest if I should try both the chi seeds, yoghurt and the Metamucil which I would get from a health shop?
Do I need to check with his doctor?
My next problem will be getting him to take them as he seems defeated by the whole thing and thinks this is his lot in old age.
Your suggestions gratefully appreciated.
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ag
Reply with quote  #77 
Perhaps try Immodium over the counter. Or doc could give him a prescription that will work better.
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Discouraged daughter
Reply with quote  #78 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Only Daughter Also
Wow---I have 88 yr old Mom living with me and this diarrhea thing has been going on for 3 months.  She is in diapers so changing her is a breath holding experience.  THe doctor was here today while I was about to change her so FINALLY the Dr got to experience what I go thru 6 to 7 times a day.  My house either smells of poop--or air freshener--which also caussed the Dr to stick her head out the door cause of the overwhelming smell of the freshener!
Mom is on Zoloft and Dr wants to switch her to Celexa since diarrhea is side effect of Zoloft----tho I think it has to be something more than that.  She is also on Aricept but Dr didn't mention that as a possible cause.
My whole family will have lung cancer soon from all the air freshener we are inhaling....help   Plus this can't be good for  mom either.
Glad to hear I am not alone in this...............


Did you ever get the problem resolved?  I hope you had some good sales on the air freshener.
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wendy
Reply with quote  #79 
chia seeds can be put in other foods. you can find recipes online.We also cut out most of Dad's milk and switch lactaid instead of regular milk and he eats a soy based cheese on his sandwiches. It might help to keep a food journal so that you can identify any possible triggers.
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farmersdaughter

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Reply with quote  #80 
Do not rule out plain old bad hygiene.  My father was still at home, refusing to use depends, and had constant diarrhea.  Ruined bedding clothing...cleaning the bathroom was like a trip to hell.

I was constantly on him about hand washing.  He would slice oranges on a cutting board and refuse to wash the board and knife.  He was constantly leaving things out of the fridge.

Fast forward to living in a nursing home....where the nurses wash his hands for him and drag him growling and griping into of all things a bath.....eureka!  No more diarrhea.  [confused]  Imagine that!

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Unregistered
Reply with quote  #81 
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Originally Posted by Nancy2
Maybe someone hear has come up against this and has some advice. I am going to tear my hair out soon with mom.

About a 2 months ago, my almost 90 year old mother started having random diarrhea. She usually tended towards constipation, (would eat 8-10 prunes a day, take stool softeners, laxatives) so this is new.

She had just been put on Fosamax, so she blamed that. Dr took her off fosamax, to see if that was the reason (he didn't think so) but no results from that, she is still having the problem. He also took her off her meds for acid reflux as that can casue loose stools. No result. He did testing - blood test and stool samples, All normal.

She eats the same things, her diet is not very different from day to day. Breakfast a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, Lunch is 1/2 a roll with a little cheese melted in it and a banana, supper - usually a chicken leg, twice baked potato, small iceberg lettace salad or home made soup. She did drink Carnation instant breakfast - she stopped to see if it was the milk.

She feels fine, no pain, no sick feeling, she is hungry.

She does not have the "problem" every day, she can go for 2-3 days and be 'normal" (not that my mother is normal in any way! [smile] ) then - she can't make it to the bathroom in time - maybe twice in a day.

Anyone else have any ideas? She is driving me crazy, since she wants this "fixed" right now with a magic pill, and there isn't any magic pills.

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Unregistered
Reply with quote  #82 
She could be lactose intolerant. Maybe that cheese is doing it or milk. She can take lactaid chewable pills and won't have to avoid dairy or buy special milk products. Of course ask the doctor first. 
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Lucia Carrega
Reply with quote  #83 
Hi ive been lookin afta my father for the past 7yrs. he is 74yrs in a wheel chair... he never had normal stools one day constipation. next day diarhea. some days were jst messy. but recently he had dis diarhea non stop. nd wat ever he eats, he has to go to toilet within 30min.... nd every 30min to 1hr he feels to go to d toilet nd its jst diarrhea.... dis has gotten very difficult for me since i dnt sleep nomore nd im always runnin with him to d toilet.... we took him to d doc nd dey gave him sum tablets to stop d diarrhea but nothing is working... m reali worried nd ive thought of putting him on diapers... i dnt mind cleaning him nd changing him. jst d runnin to d toilet every 30min i cnt afford..... oh nd he has hemrhoides(piles), nd dat also causes d blood in his diarrhea.... is dis a infection or diseas he has got... pliz help...
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Mumdwayne
Reply with quote  #84 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nancy2
Maybe someone hear has come up against this and has some advice. I am going to tear my hair out soon with mom.

About a 2 months ago, my almost 90 year old mother started having random diarrhea. She usually tended towards constipation, (would eat 8-10 prunes a day, take stool softeners, laxatives) so this is new.

She had just been put on Fosamax, so she blamed that. Dr took her off fosamax, to see if that was the reason (he didn't think so) but no results from that, she is still having the problem. He also took her off her meds for acid reflux as that can casue loose stools. No result. He did testing - blood test and stool samples, All normal.

She eats the same things, her diet is not very different from day to day. Breakfast a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, Lunch is 1/2 a roll with a little cheese melted in it and a banana, supper - usually a chicken leg, twice baked potato, small iceberg lettace salad or home made soup. She did drink Carnation instant breakfast - she stopped to see if it was the milk.

She feels fine, no pain, no sick feeling, she is hungry.

She does not have the "problem" every day, she can go for 2-3 days and be 'normal" (not that my mother is normal in any way! [smile] ) then - she can't make it to the bathroom in time - maybe twice in a day.

Anyone else have any ideas? She is driving me crazy, since she wants this "fixed" right now with a magic pill, and there isn't any magic pills.

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Mike Gamble

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Reply with quote  #85 
Hi Mumdwayne,

You didn't mention anything about her weight. Has she been losing weight recently?

You also didn't mention whether she had been on antibiotics recently.

I have two reasons for asking. First, she seems to eat very little compared to other older adults. Second, diarrhea can cause gradual weight loss through dehydration.

My suggestions: One: She should probably increase her fiber intake. That will help her avoid constipation by making it easier for her to pass her stools. And, it will help her body absorb some excess water from her large intestine, thereby reducing the frequency of her diarrhea. Metamucil is a great solution for adding fiber to her diet.

Two: It seems like her diarrhea is frequent enough to be stripping her body of the electrolytes she needs to retain. My mother's favorite solution to this problem was Gatorade, especially the Fruit Punch flavor.
 
Three: Antibiotics often upset one's intestinal tract so much that one may have diarrhea as a result. I suggest trying a probiotic such as Align that you can purchase over-the-counter at most drug stores and some grocery stores.

I am not a doctor, nor do I have any formal medical training. That said, my suggestions are based on my own personal experiences as well as on the time I spent as my mother's primary caregiver.

Good Luck, and Good Wishes.
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Unregistered
Reply with quote  #86 
I have been working in the Alzhiemers/Dementia field for a number of years, now. Yes, I really do care for my clients, and want them to have the best quality of life, that I can. Here is the thing with this type of disease, incontinence can be caused from the aging process, medication, diet, numerous environmental factors. Cdef is rampant in the eldery, but is most certainly NOT the only issue here. If someone is keeping notes, on medications, diet, fluid/food intake, fluid/waste output, then a process of elimination, will be very helpful. I will state, once in awhile, just when you think the "problem" is fixed, it can & most likely will return, especially when AD is present.
Too much protein in shakes, drinks, whatnot, have become huge culprits in this area. Example...when a person gives a dog, food high in grains/protiens, they get hot spots. It is my understanding that their body can't process it, ergo hot spots/skin conditions. If we use the same analogy for elderly people ( not that dogs & people should be lumped together) the process is helpful, in understanding these issues.
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Marsha
Reply with quote  #87 
My mother is 92. She started by having diarrhea maybe once a week. For the last month it is twice a day, the last week was wasn't able to control it. She had been in the hospital for six days. They have not been able to identify a cause. She has dementia, but is not on any medicine. Her potassium was 2 when she entered the hospital. They have given her potassium each day. It is now at 5 which is a little high. She has had two severe bouts today. I put her in rehab today to see if it could be brought under control.
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Unregistered
Reply with quote  #88 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nancy2
Maybe someone hear has come up against this and has some advice. I am going to tear my hair out soon with mom.

About a 2 months ago, my almost 90 year old mother started having random diarrhea. She usually tended towards constipation, (would eat 8-10 prunes a day, take stool softeners, laxatives) so this is new.

She had just been put on Fosamax, so she blamed that. Dr took her off fosamax, to see if that was the reason (he didn't think so) but no results from that, she is still having the problem. He also took her off her meds for acid reflux as that can casue loose stools. No result. He did testing - blood test and stool samples, All normal.

She eats the same things, her diet is not very different from day to day. Breakfast a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, Lunch is 1/2 a roll with a little cheese melted in it and a banana, supper - usually a chicken leg, twice baked potato, small iceberg lettace salad or home made soup. She did drink Carnation instant breakfast - she stopped to see if it was the milk.

She feels fine, no pain, no sick feeling, she is hungry.

She does not have the "problem" every day, she can go for 2-3 days and be 'normal" (not that my mother is normal in any way! [smile] ) then - she can't make it to the bathroom in time - maybe twice in a day.

Anyone else have any ideas? She is driving me crazy, since she wants this "fixed" right now with a magic pill, and there isn't any magic pills.

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