1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. Sue123

    Sue123 Registered User

    Aug 30, 2014
    32
    Nottingham
    My Mum has had diarrhea for nearly a week now & im getting worried.
    I took her to see her GP the other day & he didnt seem concerned but its really starting to get me down.
    Surely she shouldnt have it for this long?
    Could it be symptoms of her dementia or am i just overreacting?
    Is there anything i can be doing to help her get back to normal? I feel useless :(
     
  2. Tin

    Tin Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    4,826
    UK
    Will the gp let you try some over the counter remedies? When this happens to my mum, not often, its usually down to her diet and the gp has let me try Imodium, it has worked.
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,715
    Female
    London
    Could it be overflow constipation? That can be nasty but is easily remedied.
     
  4. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    #4 lin1, May 7, 2015
    Last edited: May 7, 2015
    I was wondering the same Beate.

    My mum sometimes suffered from what I call bypassing.
    It when a person is really constipated and is leaking around the blockage

    Did the GP examine mum and listen to her tum

    I found this info sorry I couldn't copy the diagrams .
    Also my mums blockages were often higher up rather than in the rectum.

    Severe chronic constipation can result in faecal impaction. This is something that is more likely in the elderly and infirm. Basically, a large mass of hard faeces blocks the rectum. The mass is too big to pass and the rectum is stretched and enlarged, so the muscles within it don't work so well to push faeces out. Sometimes people with this problem think that they have diarrhoea. This is because liquid faeces, from above the blockage, leak round the big lump of faeces, and out of the anus. This is known as overflow diarrhoea. In this situation, you may also have faecal incontinence - that is, you have no control over this liquid faeces leaking out. Faecal impaction with overflow diarrhoea is likely if you have been getting progressively more constipated, and then get liquid faeces, possibly explosive, and without much control. If a doctor or nurse examines the anus, the hard faeces can often be felt, confirming the diagnosis. The diagram below shows this process:
     
  5. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    As far as I am aware it is not a symptom of Dementia
     
  6. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,715
    Female
    London
    Cheers for this lovely description, LOL. But OH had this and is now on repeat prescription of Fybogel which keeps him nice and regular - not always in the desired location but you can't have it all.
     
  7. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    Beautiful isn't it not, oh the memories.
    Mum christened things sometimes
     
  8. LYN T

    LYN T Registered User

    Aug 30, 2012
    6,968
    Brixham Devon
    My OH suffered from overflow so I know how difficult it was to deal with. In my Husband's case 2 cups of warm prune juice tended to help things along.;)

    Take care

    Lyn T XX
     
  9. Sue123

    Sue123 Registered User

    Aug 30, 2014
    32
    Nottingham
    Thanks for your replies everyone. Mom seems ok now.
    Will keep an eye on her. i did think about tablets & will probably get some if the problem continues.
    The doctor had a quick feel of her tummy & didnt find anything to worry about.
     

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