Hi there and thank you for the question. I am a Registered Nurse and will be happy to help you today.
Let's address the question you asked about blood pressure meds causing him to not be able to pass urine. It would be more likely his prostate that is causing him his problems empyting his bladder. I feel sure his pain is from the Diverticulitis but he really needs a new colonscopy if he has not had one since August of 2009...a lot can change in 2 years. At his age, and his medical history and his current symptoms, he would be a good candidate for one. As far as the problems with emptying his bowels...is he taking a stool softener? He would benefit from taking one if he doesn't already. His diet will also have a lot to do with the gas he has....Foods that commonly cause excess gas are apples, artichokes, asparagus, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cheese, corn, fruit drinks, Ice Cream, milk and milk products (which you avoid already), onions, pasta, peaches, pears, potatoes, prunes, and whole wheat foods. Something that is not proven but may be helpful is to take probiotic drinks such as Activia. As far as over the counter medications go, the Gas-X is the strongest thing you can get over the counter. Instead of gas pains he is feeling, he may be experiencing cramping...cramps may be associated with the Diverticulitis or other diseases of the colon like IBS.
Hi there and thanks for the reply back.
Yes, Activia is milk based...it's yogart with live active cultures that help aid in digestion-like I said, some say it works wonders and it might be worth a try. Gas X is the strongest thing over the counter so if this doesn't work, there is no 'prescription strength' Gas X. Bentyl would be an good antispasmotic for cramps. If he does have the colonscopy and is found to have an inflammatory bowel disease, keeping it under control will ultimately help with the pain.
Is Bentyl a PX Med? If so, can you find out if it has any side effects and/or if it could be taken with his PX's I listed earlier? Is diverticulitus an inflammatory bowel disease or are you talking about something else? If so what are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and how can it be kept under control to help with pain? Do you consult with a doctor when you answer my questions?