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Do not, please, give avelox.
If he is dizzy upon standing, has a fever, or has blood in the diarrhea then he needs to go to the hospital.
In fact, his doctor is likely to send him there on Monday as he will likely need IV rehydration, which is not typically performed in a doctor's office
The point of the current treatment is to keep fluid going in
Food is less important, but anything he finds appetizing will be fine
Fluids should be watered down, or simply water
as high sugar drinks will worsen the diarrhea
so water or gatorade at 1/4 strength or something like that
your husband should try to replace the fluid he is losing in small, frequent quantities
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Again, please do not give him antibiotics as they will only confuse the picture, could make him worse, and are rarely indicated in diarrheal illnesses
if he has blood in the diarrhea, increasing abdominal pain, or if he develops fever
he needs to go to the ER
ok. But that is pretty much what we have been doing. any other foods you can recommend?
it really doesn't have anything to do with foods or diet
it has to do with the virus or condition that is causing his bowel to fail rto absorb water from the gi tract
this produces the diarrhea
so getting the diagnosis is important, and at this point he will need some tests to be done, and may well need more specific medicines
should we continue with immodium??
but it is not his diet that is causing this or making this worse
yes, does it help at all?
also, is there any blood in the stool?
no, it has not helped. no blood in stool. he is weak, pale. no fever..
is there a reason you do not wish, or he does not wish, to go to the Emergency Department today? He is 75, he is having symptoms of dehydration, the diarrhea is not abating, and these are all good reasons to be seen today... not Monday.
As an emergency physician this is my recommendation
Let's face it, conservative therapy and at-home care has NOT worked
ok. I think I can coheres him,. to go to ER. thank you.
be sure to read the link above on diarrhea.... it's very informative and easy to read
do you have any final questions for me?
oh, yes, my hus. just reminded me that when we were in PA 2 wks ago, they recommended we boil our water for three days, as they were working on the water system. Could that have been a problem?
certainly a possibility.... raises the possibility that this could be a parasitic infection like Giardia.... causes chronic diarrhea but is pretty easy to treat with the proper medicine... yet another reason to get checked sooner rather than later...
ok, thanks again!!
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FYI- I took hubby to hosp.-did bld. work,=creatine slightly off; cat scan=entire lower int. inflamed. Gave him IV fluid= dehydration-kept him over night=awaiting stool analysis.
thank you again for your advice!
HE FEELS GOOD,BUT WEAK AND OUT OF SHAPE. HE IS STILL IN HOSP. BECAUSE HIS ENZYMES ARE STILL ELEVATED (OVER 1100) THEY HAVE DONE CAT; SONO; MRI AND BLOOD WORK DAILY. THE MRI SHOWED A CYST ON THE TAIL OF THE PANCREAS GASTRO HOPING. NUMBERS WILL BE BETTER IN AM
I assume this is pancreatitis... perhaps hepatitis... I'm so glad you convinced him to go to the hospital.
Praying for improvement.
yes, that is the thought, but, there is no pain, nor any other clue.
they have sent him home. his lipase finally came down a bit. peaked at 1900 dropped to 1400 over night. they are following blood work on out patient basis and also want him to follow up on cyst.
thanks for asking!