It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Message Board

85 Year Old Mother troubled by DIARRHEA

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-26-2007, 04:54 AM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: canada
Posts: 1
pathofneo HB User
85 Year Old Mother troubled by DIARRHEA

I am in desperate need of advice. My Mother is 85 years old, on Sept. 2 she started getting diarrhea several times a day. This continued for about a week and a half and then seemed to resolve itself. A week and a half ago the diarrhea came back with a vengeance frequently coming without warning in the middle of the night. The only time she has abdominal pain is during a bowel movement. She is getting weak and very depressed. On Monday our doctor told Mom to take Metamucil twice a day.I thought the doctor instructed her to take 1 teaspoon in the morning and one teaspoon in the evening. The label mentioned "tablespoon" so I have been giving her 2 tablespoons a day. Which dosage would be more appropriate? I added calcium carbonate on Monday as well. Things have not improved much- she had a few more solid looking stools the past 2 days in the evening but the rest of the day she is running watery stuff (up to 12 times a day) and often strikes without warning. I am worried about dehydration because Mom is worried that drinking liquids will make her run more.

Should have the Metamucil and calcium (also acidophilus) done something by now? Also is the Metamucil better taken before or after meals? The doctor took stool samples and we are waiting for the results any day now. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.

Last edited by pathofneo; 09-26-2007 at 05:06 AM.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 09-27-2007, 04:59 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 211
Georgette HB User
Re: 85 Year Old Mother troubled by DIARRHEA

I take one teaspoon of Metamucil first thing every morning. If the doctor said for her to take a teaspoon, I would go with what the doctor said as opposed to what's on the label, unless you have found that the tablespoon is working better. Was she doing anything in particular just before it started, eg. in the hospital, doctor's visit, visiting someone out of town, etc. Because it sounds like it started all of a sudden and has been really bad, my guess would be some kind of virus or bug that she's picked up. Hopefully the stool samples will show something and that it is treatable. But definitely be persistent, because even a day or two can make a big difference in how well she will respond to treatment. Also, at her age she is more prone to dehydration.

Good luck and please let us know how she is doing.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
3 year old on 1 cap of Miralax and 15 month old with bowel issues. gel2005 Children's Health 15 06-29-2010 08:29 PM
I hate having to take care of my mother. nikk3Win Caregivers 22 11-25-2008 02:05 PM
troubled girlfriend ohgosh Relationship Health 8 12-08-2007 01:31 PM
5 Year Old Son Has A Stalker! kdel Parenting Issues 49 09-28-2007 06:44 AM
frequent diarrhea in 2-year old??? help!!!! Karolina810 Children's Health 3 09-05-2007 06:11 PM
One year after colon surgery MrsQueeZ Bowel Disorders 11 01-19-2007 12:48 PM
17 year old son diagnosed BP US5BAIRDS Bipolar Disorder 16 03-21-2005 06:37 AM
Mother needs advice Karla Addiction & Recovery 16 03-14-2004 05:32 PM
17 year old with sudden Blood Pressure issues Stevie007 High & Low Blood Pressure 4 06-27-2003 02:06 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:18 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!